Lower Hutt Travel Guide

At the head of Wellington Harbour, 15km north-east of the capital of Wellington, Lower Hutt takes in the suburbs of Petone, Eastbourne and Wainuiomata. With its lovely gardens, coastline and native bush areas, Lower Hutt enjoys a reputation as a gateway to the great outdoors.

The Hutt River meanders its way through the centre of Lower Hutt, providing opportunities for fishing, canoeing and cycling beside on the banks. Beaches can be found at Days Bay and Eastbourne, where plush homes nestle in the bush clad  hillsides and fashionable cafés lure visitors from across the harbour in Wellington via the East by West ferry service.

Art enthusiasts will find  plenty to see at galleries in Jackson Street and the Dowse Art Museum in  central Lower Hutt. Local history can be explored at the Petone Settlers Museum.

Beyond Wainuiomata, the kiwi release zone of Rimutaka Forest  Park is a wilderness area popular for hiking, camping, picnicking and river  swimming. Other great walks can be found throughout the Hutt Valley with some highlights being easy trips to New Zealand's first lighthouse and dam.