Petone's home to coffee roasters, food producers, fashion labels, craft beer and more artisan products keeping the innovative early settler spirit alive.

Don't miss the trendy cafés, restaurants and unique retailers of Jackson Street and get a taste of days gone by along the Discover Historic Petone Trail.

Making history in Petone

When groups of settlers began arriving in New Zealand they landed on the foreshore at Petone. Head to the Petone Settlers Museum to learn about Petone’s history and how it was once a captain of industry. Walk along the foreshore to Seashore Cabaret café for a very eclectic buzz and makers of NZ's first living wage coffee label.

Arrive hungry

Petone is a good place to be hungry. There are tasty treats from around the globe, cafés and coffee roasters, delis and specialty foods. Find some of our favourites for foodies, which includes a speciality knife shop and a dinnerware shop.  

Meet the street lets you explore Petone’s main shopping street and bookmark your favourites before you head out. On Trays Food Emporium and The Dutch Shop are "must do" stores for foodies. Wanda Harland and Goodness are key stops for lovers of design.

Wander the street collecting bags of special purchases. You don’t need a lot of money either because there are some great vintage, second-hand and op-shops along the way.

Pure water on tap

Te Puna Wai Ora (The Spring of Life) is pure, artesian water, which is naturally treated by layers of sand and gravel. Help yourself for free on the corner of Jackson and Buick Streets and experience the freshest water around.

In the lock-up

How many people can you fit in a jail? Visit Petone’s tiny old Police Station and Jail and see where 10 police worked alongside four holding cells, brimmed with clientele. To this day, the building is almost original and from the moment you step inside you get a sense of the life of the early settlers in New Zealand.

Mama mia!

La Bella Italia is so good the local Italian Embassy gave them an award. Ask for Antonio and spend a leisurely lunch or dinner like you’re in Italy with fine wine and fresh produce. Stock up on supplies at their retail shop and recreate the experience at home.

Too much to do and see in one day

Du Pont Motel in Petone offers either motel rooms or luxury apartments. Perfect for short or long term stays. Wellington Top 10 Holiday Park has a range of accommodation options from self-contained motel rooms to camp sites.


Look out for the annual Petone Rotary Fair in February, foodie or fashion tours year round, Visa Wellington on a Plate in August, the annual Twilight Christmas Parade and many more activities for kids and adults alike hosted by the Jackson Street Programme.