Discover Historic Petone Tour

Learn about New Zealand’s first bank, first horse race meeting and first newspaper on this free, 30+ stop, self-guided trail.

Enjoy historic Petone at your own pace and learn about how Petone became the first European settlement in New Zealand. Despite early setbacks such as flooding and earthquakes – resulting in many settlers relocating to the other side of the harbour to establish Wellington – the people of Petone soon built a thriving community of houses, shops and industries.

Get the app

Take the tour with you and download the Petone Tours app on Google Play or iTunes today and listen or read two self guided tours of the fascinating stories behind New Zealand's first organised European settlement:

  • Discover Historic Petone - 37 locations and buildings that offer a unique glimpse into the life and times of early New Zealand
  • The Walk of Champions - over 140 bronze plaques on the footpaths of Jackson Street celebrating national-level sports champions from Petone

Printed trail map

Download the original pocket map for this trail here [A3 foldable PDF, 644kb] .