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Less than 15 minutes by train or car, the Hutt Valley is an ideal day trip from Wellington. It's so easy to explore on foot, where you can enjoy seaside bites and boutique shopping. Adventure further out by hiring a bike and finding your ride amongst the variety of picturesque trails. With nature around every corner, there's something for everyone in Wellington's big backyard.
With over 60 eateries in just 900m, you're spoilt for choice in the global pantry of Jackson Street. Just a short stroll to the foreshore, you'll find Seashore Cabaret, with its funky retro décor and balcony offering panoramic ocean views. Fuel up with a delicious brunch menu as well as Good Fortune coffee from Wellington's living-wage organic coffee roaster.
Pack a picnic at On Trays with its impressive selection of goodies from all over the world, including South African delicacies. Their freshly-made sandwiches make for a perfect lunch on the go. The Dutch Shop is the ideal place to top up on all kinds of cheeses, breads, and deli treats.
Across the road from Petone Railway Station you’ll find Jackson Street, Petone’s main shopping street. Wanda Harland and Goodness are must-see destinations for fashion lovers. Find something unique at local fashion entrepreneur Deryn Schmidt or pick some colourful contemporary art to take home at Ellen Gibbenbach’s store.
It's easy to hire a bike for a few hours, a full day, or a multi-day adventure. Cycle Remutaka offer basic bike hire as well as full service packages so you can focus on enjoying the ride. They can customise pick-up and drop-off points to suit your schedule too. Green Jersey are based at the Wellington Top 10 Holiday Park and also provide a variety of bike rental options.
For an easy ride, check out the Te Whiti Riser, a gentle and accessible uphill ride with panoramic views at the summit. From here, you can cycle along the ridgeline amongst native bush to Waiū Park, currently ranked the #5 trail park in New Zealand. To get your scenery fix, try the Remutaka Cycle Trail, one of New Zealand's Great Rides. Explore itineraries and start planning your one-day or three-day adventure here.
Extend your stay with a variety of quality accommodation across the Hutt Valley. In Petone, we recommend Quest Petone, 83 by the Sea and BK's Esplanade Motor Lodge. In Upper Hutt, you'll find comfortable and cosy motel units at Silverstream Retreat. By riding the Remutaka Cycle Trail over the historic railway incline, you'll discover a range of places to stay in the Wairarapa - both the Martinborough Hotel and Peppers Parehua welcome cyclists fresh off the trail.
Discover all you need to know about the Remutaka Cycle Trail and explore New Zealand nature at its finest.