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Hutt Valley

Only a short 15 minute drive or train ride from Wellington, the Hutt Valley is home to adventurous activities, a rich culture and heritage, and beautiful scenery.

From the Hutt River to the bush-clad hills, the Hutt Valley is home to some of the region's best walking and mountain bike trails. Add to that the picturesque township of Petone and the gorgeous seaside village of Eastbourne, with its bustling collection of art galleries, cafes and restaurants. The area also has an ancient history that includes New Zealand's first organised settlement and Māori mythology of taniwha (sea monsters).

Escape to the Eastern bays

Explore the beachside settlements of Days Bay and Eastbourne. Here you'll find colourful cafes, art galleries, nature walks, and cute B&Bs - perfect for a seaside retreat.

Travelling from Wellington city? Take the East By West Ferry across the harbour to Days Bay and enjoy the stunning journey. You might also like to stop off at nature reserve of Matiu/Somes Island on the way over. 

Get on your bike

Hire a bike and explore the beautiful coastal road out to New Zealand’s first lighthouse at Pencarrow Head, or pedal along the very easy, flat tracks and pathways of the 28km Hutt River Trail

Ride the Remutaka Cycle Trail through bush-clad river valleys, an historic rail trail and around the Remtuaka Range looping back to the Hutt Valley via the dramatic Orongorongo coast.

Get your art fix

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Check out cutting-edge art at The Dowse Art Museum, a contemporary gallery with world-class exhibits reflecting New Zealand's rich history of cutting-edge arts.

Wander where wild kiwi roam

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Breathe in the fresh forest air and discover waterfalls and picnic spots just minutes from the city. Relax in Remutaka Forest Park and overnight where you might hear some of the 100+ wild kiwi – our flightless and treasured national bird.

Cruise down Jackson Street

Don’t miss the trendy cafes and unique retailers of Jackson Street, Petone. You can also get a taste of days gone by at the old Petone Police Station and Jail.

Jackson Street is a must visit for foodies, with 60+ eateries and food retailers in one street, from international fare to local eats.

Get close to wildlife at Staglands

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Enjoy New Zealand's wildlife and beauty at Staglands Wildlife Reserve, where you can get up close with creatures from kunekune pigs to native birds.

Witness weaving magic


Visit the Stansborough Mill and learn about how to dress a hobbit. The mill uses historic looms to weave cloth and garments that are coveted throughout the world and have been donnedin films such as Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and Narnia.

Drink from the spring of life

Experience how water is supposed to taste. Pop down to Te Puna Wai Ora, the spring of life, and fill your water bottle with pure artesian water naturally treated by layers of sand and gravel.

Go quad biking and get your heart racing

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Let Wellington Adventures Quad Bike Expeditions show you some of Wellington's most stunning sights. This incredible tour includes the Turakirae Head seal colony and the hills and river valleys which extend inland from the rugged south coast.

Learn about New Zealand's first organised settlement

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As the first place of organised settlement in New Zealand, the Hutt Valley is filled with. Known by local Māori as Pito-one, Petone is where the Wellington region was first established. Wander the Discover Historic Petone trail local treasures that you can walk or cycle around in half a day.

Play a round of golf or nine

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Golf enthusiasts are spoilt for choice with nine local golf courses, from a quick nine hole to championship rated courses, each offering a different challenge and experience.