The sheltered bays of Eastbourne and Days Bay contrast against the wild coast of Wainuiomata. Petone offers international cuisine and eclectic boutiques.

Lower Hutt is home to three spectacular regional parks (Belmont, East Harbour, and Remutaka). Each park features a network of scenic walking and biking trails that take you into the heart of the region. Discover dramatic views, majestic lighthouses, and native wildlife in its natural environment.

runs through Lower Hutt, providing a backdrop for some of the region’s most popular activities. You can walk or bike the 18 kilometre Hutt River trail, cast a line and spend the day fishing, or paddle a kayak on its calm waters. On Saturdays, the banks of the river host the colourful Riverbank Market.

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The area is a giant playground, allowing you to tap into your sense of fun. Motutawa Avalon Park features flying foxes, towering climbing frames, and accessible play equipment. The secluded Percy Scenic Reserve offers a rare chance to look for giant wētā inside a dark cave or walk to an idyllic waterfall. There’s plenty of space to picnic with a soundtrack of native birdsong.

Lower Hutt is a city rich in history, arts, and culture. It has an amplified can-do spirit and vibrant sense of imagination. Coffee roasters sit alongside vibrant boutiques and startups, and there’s always something new to explore. Considered a pioneer in the presentation of modern art forms, The Dowse Art Museum is worth a visit. It attracts thousands of visitors each year with its boundary-pushing contemporary art exhibitions.

A family under a waterfall in Percy Reserve.