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Discover our neighbourhood where Wellington began
With two world-class arts centres to choose from, the Hutt Valley is a hive of creative and contemporary arts and exhibitions. pend a day wandering the galleries of The Dowse Art Museum and Expressions Whirinaki, finding unique and immersive experiences for art lovers old and young.
Discover the origins of the Wellington region and other New Zealand firsts at the Petone Settlers Museum. Walk up Buick Street to Te Puna Wai Ora The Spring of Life and fill up your water bottle with pure artesian water. Learn about New Zealand's first bank, first horse race meeting and first newspaper on the free, 30-stop, self-guided Discover Historic Petone trail.
Petone is home to coffee roasters, food producers, fashion labels, craft beer and more artisan products keeping the innovative early settler spirit alive. With more than 60 eateries in 800 metres, Petone's Jackson Street offers a smorgasbord of diverse cuisines. Specialist stores from around the globe offer you everything you need for an incredible picnic, the tools to create it, and the tableware to serve it.
From unique textiles and homewares to hand-crafted furniture and beauty products, you'll find it all in the Hutt Valley. Wander down Main Street in Upper Hutt to discover unique boutique and independent stores including Created, Avison's Home & Giftware, and Botanical Beauty Co. For big city and international brands head into Queensgate Shipping Centre, Lower Hutt.