Insta-worthy Hutt locations

Here are seven must visit photo stops that keep popping up on our Instagram feed!


Follow the Hutt River Trail from Petone to Upper Hutt. It's a gentle and mostly flat 29kms but you can start anywhere along the route. The trail takes you along the eastern riverbank and along the way you'll pass two Lord of the Rings filming locations, swimming holes, four golf courses as well as various parks and playgrounds


Baring Head Lighthouse is a concrete lighthouse which can be accessed by walking or cycling tracks in the southern East Harbour Regional Park. From the carpark, you walk across the Wainuiomata River and up a track where you are immediately rewarded with views of the coast.

The Baring Head lighthouse under one of those warm wind-shaped late summer skies.

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Petone Foreshore is great spot for a picnic or grab a coffee and go for a wander. The beach is groomed over summer and a swimming raft is anchored off Oriental Street from Labour Weekend until Easter. 



Simple yet charming, the Skerrett Boatshed is considered to be the oldest boatshed on Wellington Harbour. Built in 1906, it is still in its original condition and is a prominent landmark in Lowry Bay, Eastbourne


Walk to the largest New Zealand fur seal colony in the Wellington Region. They are in their highest numbers over winter, where you'll find up to 500 fur seals, along with a variety of native birds and reptiles.


Drive or walk to the top of Wainuiomata Hill and on a clear day have an amazing view over Petone and Wellington Harbour. Snap an stunning sunset photo or even head up when the fog is rolling in for something moody and atmosperic. Add some excitement and jump onto the Wainuiomata Trail Project tracks for a variety of mountain biking!


Cycle or walk an easy 8km path out to New Zealand's first lighthouse - home to New Zealand's only woman lighthouse keeper - for stunning views of Wellington and the top of the South Island.