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Discover the origins of modern Wellington and other New Zealand firsts at the Petone Settlers Museum and stroll along historic Jackson Street, Petone – a bustling heritage precinct full of boutique and specialty shops, cafés, bars and restaurants. Fill up your water bottle at Te Puna Wai Ora - the spring of life then discover woven wool treasures, plus The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movie costumes at the historic Stansborough mill.
Ferry across Wellington harbour to the upmarket Eastern Bay villages; with a stop on the wildlife sanctuary of Matiu/Somes Island - an historic quarantine and wartime bunker site now home to New Zealand’s unique reptile, the tuatara and little blue penguins.
Pedal along the Eastern bays or wander the lush bush trails and enjoy harbour vistas. Explore the spectacular Pencarrow Coast and three lighthouses at the entrance to Wellington Harbour including New Zealand’s first, lit in 1859. Or just relax on the beach!
Join in the summer tradition of jumping off the wharf too and stay the night at The Gatehouse luxury cottage.
Hire a bike or simply wander along any part of the 28km of Hutt River Trail, past the working steam locomotive at Silver Stream Railway and on to the historic Rimutaka Rail Trail. Stay on track and loop back around the Rimutaka ranges on the 115km Rimutaka Cycle Trail.
Let the city fall away as you explore waterfalls nestled in lush native bush, just minutes away. Explore all six waterfalls - local favourites are New Zealand's first dam at Korokoro and Birchville Dam, and Percy’s Scenic Reserve.
Enjoy our region’s natural treasures at Staglands Wildlife Reserve, a special look at New Zealand’s wildlife, heritage and beauty. interact with animals at this unique destination - pack a picnic and make a day of it! Or wander among wild kiwi in the lush Rimutaka Forest Park valleys.
Test your handicap on the same courses played by some of the world’s greatest golfers. Play a round or nine at riverside courses including the Royal Wellington, Manor Park, Boulcott’s Farm and TeMarua Golf Clubs.
Contemporary art at The Dowse Art Museum with diverse and exciting exhibitions and events, a delicious café, well-stocked shop and an engaging family lounge. Best of all – it’s free to visit.
See world-class exhibits and stay for a show at Expressions Arts and Entertainment Centre.
Take a journey of your own to Middle-earth and relive the cinematic magic of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Visit the set locations of Rivendell, Helm’s Deep, Isengard and the Great River Anduin. Kaitoke Regional Park is a highlight.
Family fun and adventure at Avalon Park, Harcourt Park and Maidstone Max, with summer paddling pool, adventure playgrounds and outdoor concerts. With three massive slides, a river ride, a huge range of inflatable pool toys and an awesome wave pool, H2O Xtream will keep the kids entertained for hours. Adults can also relax in the spa or sauna.
Make time for yourself and enjoy a bit of pampering at a salon, spa, or beauty boutique. Relax at the magnificent historic Brentwood Manor's My Day Spa or the award-winning Salute. Shop 'til you drop at the unique boutiques and independent stores along Upper Hutt's Main Street, such as The Vogue Store, Avison’s Giftware and Tigerlily. Over 140 stores all within a short walk in Upper Hutt’s city centre. Queensgate Shopping Centre in Lower Hutt is your one-stop for shopping, food and movies under one roof.