Weekend warmers

Cooler days are a time for cosy food, warm drinks and good company - plus there's always new stuff popping up around us.

Movie, Oli and Mi

Dinner and cinema here we go! Our new neighbours at Oli and Mi Kitchen can serve up a relaxed dinner or quick pre-movie tapas before heading to the warm comfy Light House Cinema Petone to enjoy a glass of red while you escape. Then head over to The Chocolate Story for a taste of heaven.


Winter wraps

Petone's newest fashion store password please... has fresh new season men's and women's clothing arriving all the time. Wander along Jackson Street for more great fashion boutiques and stop in a Lluma candles for locally made candles to be cosy at home.


Escape to the Castle

The Castle in Eastbourne was designed in the 1970's by well-known New Zealand architect Ian Athfield. It's a place many of us have driven past wondering what it's like inside. Wonder no more! 


Step back in to decades past...

Experience life onboard a settlers ship at the newly refurbished Petone Settlers Museum and that hair in the 1970s Miss Universe pageant. One of two great spots to take in a harbour view on a Winter's Day. The other being...


97,321 coffees and counting

Head along the beach and upstairs to Seashore Cabaret cafe where you'll end up staying for hours admiring the eclectic mix of decor, and historic photos of its previous incarnations on the foreshore. Good Fortune Coffee, roasted on site, recently became the first coffee roaster in New Zealand to receive a living wage accreditation. Look for the coffee counter for how many have been served since opening recently.


Snuggle up to cosy Stansborough Grey

Lord of the Rings and Hobbit fans will be at home in Stansborough – weavers of a very unique wool and Hollywood movie costume-makers. Step back in time and see the historic woollen mills. 


More locally roasted goodness

Get your fix from our five local roasters by looking out for these names at an eatery near you: Bravo at Janus Bakkerij, Good Fortune Coffee Co, Karamu Coffee , Ripe Coffee and Revive Espresso.


Get fired up!

Toast free marshmallows on the cosy barn campfire and enjoy some wild cooking in the great outdoors during the July school holidays at Staglands.

Buzz around on indoor karts at the newly opened Daytona Raceway in Seaview.

And, if winter means an extra dose of adventure... Blue or grey skies, Quad Bike Expeditions are spectacular. Head to the Turakirae Head seal colony or atop hills with stunning views to the South Island. You’ll be snug and dry inside the jackets and gloves provided.


Chocoholic goodness!

13 Lower Hutt CBD cafes and restaurants/bars took part in the Sweet As Hutt Chocolate Challenge - during July. Check out the sweet fun and who the winner was on the challenge Facebook page.