Upper Hutt

Visit Upper Hutt, Wellington, NZ

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  • Upper Hutt city, at the top of the Hutt Valley north of Wellington Harbour, is a 25-minute drive or 40-minute train journey from central Wellington. Flanked by bush-clad hills, it has been called “a gateway to the outdoors”. The city boasts many scenic reserves, wildlife parks, walking and mountain biking trails.

    Visitors to Upper Hutt can tour museums, historic places, art & craft galleries, cafes and restaurants. The Trentham Racecourse can provide an exciting day of entertainment. There are also exciting theme parks for family fun, such as a skateboard park and hydro park.

    A number of interesting farms in the areas around Upper Hutt offer guided tours. It is also possible to stay at a working farm and enjoy traditional kiwi hospitality.

    Accommodation in Upper Hutt (NZ)

    Upper Hutt has a wide range of accommodations to suit any traveller’s requirements. These include hotels, motels, bed & breakfast lodges, country retreats, self-contained apartments, and camping ground/holiday parks, all of a high standard. It is often best to choose accommodation nearest to the attractions you plan to visit, such as mountain bike or walking trails), or near the city centre, if you plan to enjoy dining out.

    Transport around Upper Hutt

    Upper Hutt connects by rail to Wellington Central, from where rail connections are available to many other New Zealand destinations, as well within the region. Bus and taxi services provide transport within Upper Hutt, which is also well-served by coach transport to regions north.

    On occasions in winter, the hill road east from Upper Hutt to the Wairarapa region is closed due to heavy snow or extreme bad weather.

    Tourist Activities around Upper Hutt

    The county around Upper Hutt is known for its great bush-walks, mostly within easy reach of the city. Multi-day hikes in mountainous regions are possible, with tramping huts and camping sites providing overnight accommodation. Trampers should ensure that they inform others of their plans and expected time of return.

    There are also mountain biking trails set in the bush, including a downhill track.

    Upper Hutt is home to many parks and playgrounds, public gardens, scenic reserves and historic places. A railway museum, historic museum and printing museum are interesting diversions. Art and craft galleries, cafes, restaurants, the racecourse and golf clubs are others.

    Wildlife parks, and theme-parks provide great opportunities for family fun things to do, with wild-water and skateboarding fun catered for.

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    Upper Hutt