Upper Hutt

Upper Hutt is a city for fresh air and outdoor fun. Hike or bike in the hills, fish in the river and stroll some of the 50 parks and reserves.

Set alongside the Hutt River, Upper Hutt is surrounded by bush clad hills with easy access to quiet native forest and riverside walks, fishing, hunting, tramping and mountain biking.

Escape to the beautiful top end of the valley with the whole family to spendtime at an award-winning skate park, Staglands wildlife park and a large aquatic fun centre. 

Xtream swimming

Head to H20 Xtream for all the regular swimming you’d imagine and Xtream fun like a wave pool, three hydroslides, a rapid river and aqua Zumba classes.

Let’s play!!!

Award-winning Maidstone Max is where it’s at for the young and the young at heart. Hit the 1000m2 skate park, the 60m long twin flying fox, junior playground, tube slide, roctopus, swings, low climbing mound and picnic and barbecue area. Parents can relax and watch the kids play from one of the many seated areas or picnic tables.

Hutt River Trail

Ride or walk this flat, family-friendly trail that follows alongside the Hutt River. It’s a great place to get some fresh air. From Upper Hutt to Petone its 29km but you can start anywhere along the route.

Golders Cottage Museum

Step back into life between 1870 and 1940 at one of Upper Hutt’s earliest pioneer homes. The grounds of Golders Cottage still have original shrubs and trees. A swing in a native Kowhai tree features in a family photograph taken in 1900.

Expressions Whirinaki

A popular gallery showing a mix of fine art and popular touring exhibitions. Wander the galleries of Expressions Whirinaki then enjoy coffee at the café out the front.

Pick fresh blueberries

Eating blueberries is a delicious pastime and picking them yourself is even better. There are two blueberries farms in the Akatarawa Valley. Bluebank combines a blueberry and Emu farm and The Blueberry Farm and Bakehouse has great river swimming and chocolate brownie alongside their blueberries.

Staglands Wildlife Reserve

Have animals eat out of your hand at this interactive nature park. Staglands is well shaded, caters to children and is buggy friendly. Pack a picnic or visit the café and have a day in the country.

So much to do, why not stay longer?

Wallaceville House is an exquisite example of early 1900's architecture and set amongst beautiful gardens and bush. For something closer to the action try Totara Lodge Motor Inn.