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Relax near home this Queen's Birthday weekend.
Jazz, Blues, Roots and Pop? What could be better than checking out the Queen’s Birthday Music Festival over four nights! Headlining this year is New Zealand’s favourite, The Topp Twins, who are playing at Expressions Whirinaki and visiting Staglands Wildlife Reserve for a meet and greet. If you’ve got the winter blues then be sure to catch the one and only Chris Cain, the star of the World of Blues Revue. Be sure to visit The Topp Twins exhibition, open until 16 June at Expressions Whirinaki where you can dress up, and look through the history of these New Zealand icons!
We all know it’s hard getting off the cellphone for a few hours down time so make it easy on yourself. Pack a backpack, load up on snacks as well as a few cheeky (but well earned) chocolates, strap on comfortable shoes and head out to Turakirae Head – where there is virtually no reception! During winter watch out for the Fur Seal Colony at its largest with approx. 500 fur seals – it also makes it the best time to explore!
Be a bit different with brunch today, experience high tea with plenty of bite-sized goodness at Aston Norwood café before grabbing some eel feed and wandering the wonderful winter gardens looking for the pond. The kids will love the button to start the waterfall, and have a blast trying their hand at archery!
Take a stroll on one of the many walkways the Hutt Valley has on offer. Get into nature at Percy Scenic Reserve. Feed the ducks, spot the waterwheel and if you are brave enough, enter the cave where you may meet a resident weta family! For the more adventurous walker and for a stunning view of Upper Hutt, head up the track at Cannon Point and take an Insta-worthy snap at the top.
Whether you ‘window shop’ or ‘shop till you drop’, there is a great range on offer in the Hutt Valley. Look and feel good after trying on the new season wardrobes from Wanda Harland, Goodness or Derryn Schmidt or pop into Ellen G to grab a funky new pillow to go with a snuggly new throw from Stansborough Mill. Take a break from fashion with a visit to On Trays where you’re given a free coffee while you browse around the food emporium or practice your Dutch greeting ‘Hallo en goededag’ so you can stock up on traditional liquorice at The Dutch Shop.