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Cooler days are a time for cosy food, warm drinks and good company. Here's our top picks for enjoying the best of Lower Hutt.
The Dowse Art Museum has cosy nooks to take a breather from a hectic schedule and enjoy fantastic art. Once you've topped up your "me" time the Mine shop has gorgeous locally-crafted jewellery and ceramics, books and designer products to brighten up your day. Look out for Bellbird Eatery: a modern upmarket eatery with an emphasis on fresh seasonal fare sourced from the Hutt region.
Walk in Style is a Petone guided fasion tour lead by stylist Frances Hamilton. You'll discover creations by local designers. Once you've brightened up your winter wardrobe you are invited to relax with platers at Oli & Mi.
Wander along Jackson Street for more great fashion boutiques and stop in a Lluma candles for locally made candles to be cosy at home.
This architectular gem is a treasure trove of local stories and history. Petone Settlers Museum is the place to reflect on the history, while staying cosy and warm.
Head along Petone 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, 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.
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.
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.