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Petone, Wainuiomata, Eastbourne and the lower river valley suburbs combine as an outdoor haven known as Lower Hutt - or "the Hutt" to locals.
Check out contemporary art at The Dowse Art Museum with something for the whole family, savour the taste at cafes amongst High Street's shops and the Saturday Riverbank Market. Pamper yourself at one of our award winning day spas and shop up a storm in the CBD and Queensgate Shopping Centre.
Minutes from the CBD you’ll find the Western Hills. At night-time, just past the lower car park in Stratton Street you can find glow worms. At Percy Scenic Reserve kids will love hunting for weta in the Weta Cave and seeing the highest waterfall in the Wellington region.
Across the Western Hills there are 14 playgrounds. Trying one a weekend will take half a year, which is a great fun (and free) activity with kids.
With more than 20 local walks the Western Hills is a great place for adventure. Belmont Regional Park, the biggest park in the Wellington region, can be accessed from a number of entry points. Running between the Hutt Valley and Porirua, the park features the historic Korokoro Dam, World War II ammunition stores and the original old coach road from Lower Hutt to Porirua.
Benedict’s Café in the Maungaraki shops is off the beaten track but well worth the trip. They have a big enclosed playground with a lighthouse, slide and plenty of toys as well as a Bearded Dragon in a terrarium for older kids to look at.
Huia Pool, in central Lower Hutt is a great place for a swim and is one of seven swimming pools in the Hutt Valley.