Explore Lower Hutt over summer

Lower Hutt Mayor Campbell Barry is encouraging everyone in Lower Hutt to get out and explore the city over summer! 

From cycling up the Hutt River Trail to visiting one of the 60+ eateries on Jackson Street, Mayor Barry says there’s something to do for everyone in the Hutt over summer. 

“Lower Hutt has a huge range of activities and experiences that are suitable for the whole family,” says Mayor Barry says.  

“I’m looking forward to exploring our backyard this summer to make up for the weeks we were in lockdown.  At the top of my list is heading out to Pencarrow and down the Wainuiomata mountain biking tracks, followed by a visit to our local cafes and restaurants.”

“In light of the effects of COVID-19, I want to encourage everyone in our city to get out and about to give our local tourism and hospitality providers a boost, and also the other local businesses that surround them.” 

Mayor Barry also encourages people to stay safe and look out for each other over the holiday break.  

“Remember to slip, slop, slap and wrap, keep using the COVID tracer app, and wear a life jacket if you’re out on the water,” Campbell Barry said

Find more things to see and do in Lower Hutt / Te Awa Kairaingi ki Tai can be found at www.huttvalleynz.com

For some of the top highlights in our city, check out our list here: 

Pencarrow Lighthouse 

Hire a bike from Wildfinder Pencarrow and ride out past our lighthouses, and the Parangarahu Lakes wildlife. Bring a picnic for home or stop in at Marmalade Deli for a bite to pack in your saddle bags. Or if you’re looking for something completely different, book in for a platter at the Pencarrow Lodge. End your day with a stop at The Still Room for a well-deserved beverage.

Orongorongo Track day walk in Remutaka Forest Park

Get out for a tramp in the Orongorongo Valley, and add in a cheeky Turakirae Seal Colony visit on the Wainuiomata Coast. Grab lunch from one of the eateries in Wainuiomata’s Queen Street.

Remutaka Cycle Trail / Hutt River Trail 

Stop along the trail for an ice cream at Zany Zeus, or one of the many nearby coffee shops, and then go for a dip at Taita Rock! Come on a Saturday and you might even see the Riverbank Market, your one stop shop for fresh fruit, vegetables, fish, meat and bread arrives in central Lower Hutt.

Williams Park – Days Bay Pavilion 

A must do for kai. Take a bushwalk to the lookout or Butterfly Creek in East Harbour Regional Park and a packed picnic from Marmalade Deli. Or explore any of the East Harbour Regional Park trails. 

Jackson Street foodie

Our latest count is 63 eateries in 800m with the latest arrivals of Sal’s New York Pizza and Berry Berry Nice Café. Or for more behind the scenes, join Zozo Travel’s  Petone Taste Buds tour to five local businesses. 

Dowse Art Museum 

Come check our premium museum in central Lower Hutt. Check our amazing local art, and stop for a bite to eat at Bellbird Cafe or any of the other local cafes nearby. 

Coastal Views Horse Treks

Giddy up and enjoy some trekking over farmland with views over Wellington Harbour. 

Wellington Adventures Quad Bike expeditions

Take control of your quad bike adventure with a group day tour out at Wainuiomata.  

Avalon Park 

Little legs can run wild at our adventure playground! Be sure to say ‘kia ora’ to Collin the T-REX and over the holidays, you’ll also find mini-golf, a miniature train and paddle boats running. For those who are a bit older, head to Avalon Espresso for a delicious coffee then pop by Abandoned Brewery to pick up some craft beer.  

Percy Scenic Reserve 

Be brave and explore the weta cave for long legged critters, before following the tracks to Percy Scenic Reserve waterfall, the highest in Wellington. Follow other trails in the park for a lookout over the valley, and grab a bite from Jackson St or at Benedicts Cafe 

Waiu Park / Wainuiomata (MTB) Trail Park 

Hit the mountain biking trails in Wainuiomata and say hi to the trail diggers or a coffee at Miss Fortune’s below in Seaview (or add to Te Whiti Riser as a loop).  

Te Whiti Riser 

Climb this classic walk for views over Lower Hutt and the Harbour, and stop for a refreshing drink at Café on Guthrie once you’re done. 

Seaview Marina 

Stop for a cuppa at Compass Coffee and mooch around Shipwreck, a maritime store that people travel all over the country to see! 

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