Top camping spots
Our favourite camping spots hidden within the Hutt Valley
Wellington Top 10 Holiday Park
95 Hutt Park Road, Lower Hutt
A bed for every budget from fully self-contained motel units to campervan and tent sites. Closest Holiday Park to the city and only 11km to the ferry terminal. Minutes from beaches & shopping centres. Large luxury spa (there is a charge for this), modern BBQ area, a games room with SKY TV. Excellent facilities for school groups and sports teams at affordable prices. Late travellers welcome (bookings essential). Agent for Interislander ferries and trains. 15 Motel Units (SKY TV), 12 Self-Contained Units, 20 Kitchen cabins, 24 Standard cabins, caravan and tent sites. Large kitchens & dining rooms.
Dry Creek Valley
Hebden Crescent, Kelson, Lower Hutt
Follow the not so Dry Creek over grassy areas, ideal for picnics, to native bush up towards a small waterfall and back again. Expect wet feet as you cross the stream several times, en route you may see a smaller waterfall. Great for young family groups, especially in summer. It's a rocky walk so its not suitable for buggies.
Pack a picnic and head to Pakuratahi Forest for a day of mountain biking, hiking and bird spotting. Suitable for all rider abilities and with a range of community-built tracks, you'll be able to choose from leisurely smooth gravel tracks with the family, right through to downhill singletrack to get the adrenaline flowing. Keep your eyes peeled and whits sharp for New Zealand's smallest bird, the Rifleman, who's high pitched call is hard to hear. You'll also see kereru, karearea, fantails, whiteheads and tui and if you are near a stream, you might spot native eels and koura (freshwater crayfish).