Winter warmers

Cooler days are a time for cosy food, warm drinks and good company

Enhance your style on a walking tour of six of Petone's fashion houses and designers, quirky historic stories matched with food and wine too! Stylist Frances Hamilton will introduce you to local designers such as Ellen Giggenbach, Fix, Goodness and Wanda Harland.

Once you’ve brightened up your wardrobe, relax with quick pre-movie tapas before heading to our warm and comfy cinemas where you can also enjoy a glass of red wine while you escape.

Best known for creating woollen costumes for the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films, Stansborough uses the rarest wools from New Zealand to traditionally create and weave stunning collections of exquisite textile pieces on historic 1890s looms. Visit the gallery and experience the historic mill through ‘the window to the past’ and discover pure New Zealand heirloom treasures and movie memorabilia.

Petone is a vibrant village of the new celebrating days gone by. The Seashore Cabaret is a nod to its quirkier side. You’ll end up staying for hours admiring the eclectic mix of décor, and historic photos of its previous incarnations on the foreshore. Good Fortune Coffee, a roasting business operating within the cafe, became the first coffee roaster in New Zealand to receive a living wage accreditation. Be sure to check out the coffee counter for how many have been served up since opening.

You’re only ever a few steps away from the warm and rich aroma of local coffee roasters Ripe, Revive, Bravo at Janus Bakkerij, Good Fortune Coffee Co, Gumboot Coffee, and Karamu. Sample their blends at many of the funky cafes in and around Jackson Street – a historic main street that brings you back to the feeling of being in a village. You can meet the brewer, baker and candlestick-maker and find handcrafted furniture and contemporary candles to one-of-a-kind garments and exquisite tableware.

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.

You deserve the best. And, that's exactly the type of chocolate you will find at The Chocolate Story in Petone and Zany Zeus in Moera. These treats have been road-tested by superstars from near and far and found to be unashamedly delicious.

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