Visitors are spending more money in the Hutt Valley than ever before and that’s set to continue with the launch of a refreshed tourism website huttvalleynz.com
Combined domestic and international visitor spending in Upper and Lower Hutt hit $295 million in the year to June 2019, according to MBIE’s Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates.
To help attract more visitors and help them plan their trips to the area, Hutt City and Upper Hutt City councils have relaunched huttvalleynz.com as a new integrated site within WellingtonNZ’s digital presence.
Local residents and businesses who are proud to live and work in the Hutt Valley can use this website to encourage friends, family and colleagues to experience our neighbourhoods, venues and our big backyard.
The collaboration is an example of the coordinated approach Hutt City and Upper Hutt councils along with WellingtonNZ are taking to making it easy for visitors to Wellington to discover the Hutt Valley – growing our region as a destination and supporting our local economies and accommodation providers.
WellingtonNZ General Manager Anna Calver says Hutt Valley’s contribution to the tourism economy is gaining the recognition it deserves.
“Over the past five years tourism spending has grown 46.4 per cent in Lower Hutt and 47.9 per cent in Upper Hutt. It’s not surprising more people are seeking out the Hutt Valley. It’s home to outstanding beaches, the tourism beacon that is the Pencarrow Lighthouse, mountain bike parks, the Remutaka Cycle Trail which runs the entire length of Hutt Valley and Staglands Wildlife Park. Art lovers won’t miss out either with the Dowse Art Museum in Lower Hutt and the Expressions Whirinaki Arts and Entertainment Centre in Upper Hutt – both offering a culture hit. It’s also increasingly becoming a great culinary destination with great restaurants, cafes and breweries, including Brewtown in Upper Hutt which is the Wellington region’s only permanent craft beer village.”
Over Winter, greater Wellington region residents have also been encouraged to ‘Get Wild’ in a promotion of activities that wouldn’t normally be thought of in the cooler months – including mountain biking, archery, hiking, foot golf and more.
The website’s development and related promotions are part of the Hutt Valley Tourism Action Plan.
Huttvalleynz.com is a collaboration between Hutt City Council, Upper Hutt City Council and WellingtonNZ.