Adventure seekers are right at home here. The hills surrounding Upper Hutt are full of mountain biking and walking trails. Explore pristine river valleys, native forests, and steep craggy hillsides. For something truly memorable, try the Remutaka Cycle Trail. One of New Zealand’s premier rides, the historic trail weaves its way through abandoned railway tunnels and over the Remutaka Range.

The white waters of the mighty provide the setting for an exciting day on the rapids with Wellington Rafting. Experts guide you as you paddle the gnarly upper section of the river. For a more subdued activity, walk or ride the banks of the lower river along the scenic Hutt River Trail.

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It’s easy to get close to nature here. Meet New Zealand’s native creatures at Staglands Wildlife Reserve. Or, picnic beneath ancient rainforests at Kaitoke Regional Park and see filming locations from ‘The Lord of the Rings’.

Upper Hutt is also home to the Wellington region’s only craft beer village, Brewtown. This haven for beer lovers features four breweries, a boutique distillery, and entertainment options. Taste award-winning local brews then experience adrenaline-pumping fun at Daytona Adventure Park. There’s go-karting, ten-pin bowling, paintball and more.

Find the unexpected around every corner in Upper Hutt City. There are stylish boutiques, galleries and bustling cafés. Visit Whirinaki Whare Taonga for its contemporary art exhibitions. For the young (and young-at-heart), Maidstone Max playground offers accessible play options. It features a dedicated pump track, half basketball court, flying fox, and lots of colourful play activities.

An aerial view of Te Awa Kairangi / Hutt River with three rafts from Wellington Rafting in Upper Hutt.