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Taste local flavours

Dial down your food miles by buying fresh, flavoursome food and drink from the people that make them.

On Trays
On Trays
Seashore Cabaret
Seashore Cabaret

Talk with passionate store owners

Our multi-cultural communities add spice, skills and great stories into the mix. Among our local culinary champions are traditional Cypriot cheese-makers, South African meat-curers, Indian spice importers, and owners of a longstanding Italian deli, shop and restaurant. Petone is our ‘street-sized kitchen’, boasting a particularly diverse mix of grocers, delis and more. For a guided tour, check out the Petone Taste Buds Tour run by Zozo Travel.

Sip away

Caffeine-fiends can work themselves into a froth at any of five coffee roasters scattered through the valley. For something even stronger, check out Brewtown, our craft beer hub, getting bigger and better by the day.

Riverbank Market Lower Hutt CBD
Riverbank Market
Hardieboys Ginger Beer bottles
Hardieboys gingerbeer

Fresh fruit and vege

The Riverbank Market every Saturday is the Hutt Valleys one stop shop for fresh fruit, vegetables, fish, meat and bread with a changing range of food trucks to feast on. From the cheap and cheerful to the gourmet and sublime as well as a few arts, crafts and clothing stores.

An insider's list of favourites

· Reuben sandwich from On Trays
· Creamy Rosewater and Coconut ice cream from Zany Zeus
· Handmade Earl Grey tea chocolates from The Chocolate Story
· NZ-made Gouda from the Dutch Shop
· Tiramisu from La Bella Italia
· Hardie Boys Ginger Beer brewed in Wainuiomata
· Ginger crunch from Cake & Kitchen