Lower Hutt

Visit Lower Hutt, Wellington, NZ

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  • Lower Hutt, at the foot of the Hutt Valley, on the northern shore of Wellington Harbour, is a satellite city linked to central Wellington by rail and motorway. The inner districts of Lower Hutt are home to many commercial and industrial businesses, while the outlying districts are mainly residential. The inner districts offer great shopping, dining, museums and galleries, while the outer districts have a profusion of parks, playgrounds and scenic reserves.

    Lower Hutt is the site of one of the first European settlements in New Zealand. Stories and artefacts from this period are displayed at the renowned Petone Early Settlers Museum. The region was also a centre of Maori occupation. Guided tours and occasional expos reveal insights into the area’s pre-european times.

    Among the many art galleries in Lower Hutt is the renowned Dowse Art Gallery, one of New Zealand’s finest, which specialises in innovative and avant-garde works.

    Accommodation in Lower Hutt (NZ)

    Lower Hutt has a full range of accommodation options to suit luxury and budget requirements; from hotels and motels, to bed & breakfast, self-contained apartment or holiday home, to holiday park/camping ground.

    Transport around Lower Hutt

    Lower Hutt is served by the Wellington regional rail network. Travellers can ride a train along the harbour edge into Wellington City, or can travel in the other direction along the harbour shore to visit bays on the opposite shore, such as Eastbourne, that are popular for swimming, boating and fishing.

    Buses and taxis provide transport to areas not served by the rail network. Rental vehicles and cycles allow visitors to explore their own routes, and visit attractions in Upper Hutt and environs.

    Tourist Activities around Lower Hutt

    Many parks and playgrounds are scattered throughout Lower Hutt. Some are by the Hutt River and some in the hills above the valley. Tours by 4WD vehicle take visitors through rugged country with spectacular views over the harbour and surround mountains.

    The Petone Settlers Museum and Dowse Art Gallery are two of Lower Hutts most visited attractions. There are many other art galleries in Lower Hutt, and a further museum in the suburb of Wainuiomata.

    Jackson Street, in downtown Lower Hutt, is a bustling shopping district with a wide range of café and dining establishments, with regular weekend markets.

    Yacht cruises and Charter boats sail from Lower Hutt.

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    Lower Hutt