Rugby fans roaring around the Hutt Valley

Local hot spots, great deals and free shuttles on offer during the week of the DHL New Zealand Lions Series 2017 rugby games in Wellington - on 27 June against the Hurricanes and 1 July against the All Blacks.

67 eateries within 10mins walk

Locals love Jackson Street for a night out because it’s so easy to simply turn up and walk down the street stopping at the flavour or cuisine that matches your tastebuds at the time – local favourites are La Bella Italia, Queen of Jackson, The Butcher and Brewer, Sprig and Fern . During the day find a street-sized international pantry full of supplies for your campervan or picnic basket- try On Trays and UK Goodies.

The girls can Walk in Style with a walking tour of six of Petone's fashion houses and designers, quirky historic stories matched with a food and wine too! Then unwind in style with a glass of your favourite at the Light House Cinema - the best little arthouse cinema in the best little capital in the world.


We have British roots too

Explore Wellington’s origin at the place where the first settlers ships from England came ashore in 1840, what it was like to settle here and the diverse industry that grew up around it. Petone Settlers Museum commemorates the first planned European settlement in New Zealand, on the shores of Petone. Discover woven wool treasures, plus The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movie costumes at the historic Stansborough Mill.


Race up in the hills

Wellington Adventures quad bike expeditions offer exhilarating rides over rugged coastline, spectacular hilltop views and through lush native bush to the Turakirae Head seal colony.


Royal Wellington Golf Club, Upper Hutt

Tee off at one of 9 golf courses

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 Te Marua Golf Clubs.


Rugby fan hot spots

Station Gardens

Four awesome venues. One superb location. Eat, drink, watch, play then party the night away at the Sin Bin Sports Bar. Dine on authentic Italian style wood-fire pizza from Rizzo's Pizzaeria and Kitchen, feast on Gaucho's Churrasco BBQ all-you-can-eat South American BBQ experience and if you enjoy the finer things Hop Scotch has the best of local, international and craft brews and top notch whiskeys. Catch the train to and from Wellington at Western Hutt station right beside Station Gardens.


Petone Rugby Club

Watch the rugby on screen, on the field and chances are you'll bump in to a New Zealand or world rugby legend. Petone RFC is regarded as one of NZ's most iconic rugby clubs. Founded in 1885, it's the 3rd oldest rugby club in Wellington - producing 30 All Blacks and 16 NZ Maori representatives. Look back on the club's staunch heritage at their club rugby museum. A visit to the Petone Rugby clubrooms can easily turn in to a life-long memory. Open all week 9am till late.


Petone Working Mens Club

Watch every game live on one of their 6 large screens - plus do it in style in the VIP Fan Zone. There's plenty of giveaways and raffles including supporters packs and tickets to the Hurricanes v Lions game on Tuesday. Enjoy the all day bistro, buffet restaurant, bar and TAB facilites, Gaming lounge, live entertainment, garden bar and kids area. A highlight is the Charity Rugby Dinner alongside iconic NZ rugby legends on Thursday 29 June from 7pm.


'Hard on the Heels' + virtual reality rugby

Leading New Zealand photojournalist Peter Bush meets new tech. See 95 personal favourite photos taken over Peter's incredible 60-year career - full of All Black moments, controversial and contentious moments and candid behind-the-scenes shots of global stars.

Play virtual reality rugby with the HTC virtual reality kit from the local Noel Leemings team 24-25 June and 1 July 10am - 4pm.

Have a go at robot rugby with the Hutt City Libraries team all day on Sunday 25 June 10am - 2pm.

Hard on the Heels exhbition open 22 June - 1 July, Mon - Fri 11am - 7pm, Sat & Sun 10am - 4pm.

152 High Street, Lower Hutt



Free shuttles

Catch a FREE shuttle around Petone to rugby fan hot spots, leaving every 20 minutes from Top 10 Holiday Park in a loop. Find the latest info at

22 seater mini-bus:

Thursday 29 June: 4 - 11pm

Friday 30 June: 4 - 11pm

Best by bus or train

The Airport Flyer bus will get you from central Wellington to Petone and Lower Hutt and the number 81 or number 83 does the same and right out to Eastbourne.

By train: it's 16 minutes to Wellington CBD from Petone.

Use the bus and the train journey planner or call 0800 801 700.


Take the ferry

Catch the bus to Days Bay, grab a bite to eat then ferry across the harbour to central Wellington. 


Guided tour

Sit back and be guided on a chauffeured motorcycle tour with Real Aotearoa Motorcycle Tours in Petone.