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Nature escapes

Tune out in nature.

Cannon Point trig
Cannon Point Trig
Percy Scenic Reserve Waterfall
Percy Scenic Reserve

Explore the trails

Take a walk down one of the many trails featured within the Hutt Valley. Cannon Point Walkway, Karapoti Gorge or Mount Titi are some of our favourites to explore.

Stop. Take a deep breath.

Smell the fresh scent of lush bush. Discover one of our waterfalls hidden in native bush - including Wellington's highest at Percy Scenic Reserve. Remember to take a torch with you and explore the weta and glow-worm cave on your return.

Hutt River Fishing credit Brian Harmer
Hutt River
Photo credit: Brian Harmer
Matiu Somes Island
Matiu Somes Island

Cast a line

Try a days fishing charter out to the depths of the Cook Strait or head up the Wainuiomata Coast for stunning scenery and surfcasting. The Hutt River is a great place to fish for trout, with excellent access right through the Hutt Valley. This really is a fabulous place to fish.

Explore an island steeped in history

Take a ferry across to Matiu Somes Island wildlife sanctuary in the middle of the harbour. Once a Maori Pa, quarantine station, a wartime prison and now home to tuatara, weta and little blue penguins.

Orongorongo Valley credit Juliet Black
Orongorongo Valley
Photo credit: Juliet Black

Wander where wild kiwi roam

In the Orongorongo Valley, find a picnic spot and let the world fall away. Relax by a burbling stream or make it a multi-day adventure and bunk in a backcounty hut. Stay up late for a midnight listening mission. You may not be able to see Kiwi, but you might hear one of the over 120 wild birds that live in the Remutaka Forest Park.

Get up close and personal

Head into another world at Staglands Wildlife Reserve and Cafe, a unique interactive wildlife park for all ages. Nestled in the Akatarawa Valley, there are no barriers between you and the animals. Pack a picnic or relax at the cafe. You can even charge your electric car!