Lower Hutt




  • Rimutaka Cycle Trail
  • Walking and hiking trails


  • By car: 15 mins from Wellington
  • By car: 2 hrs from Palmerston North

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Lower Hutt's riverside location makes it attractive in any season. Enjoy excellent museums and art galleries or drive the bays to Eastbourne.

Lower Hutt is an outdoor haven filled with unexpected treasures, picturesque walking and cycling trails, expansive coastal views and nature sanctuaries including a chance to wander our hills where wild native kiwi roam.

Just 15 minutes from the capital, hop on a train, bus or ferry to explore seaside villages, New Zealand’s first organised European settlement. Discover art, boutique shopping, craft brews and beverages made using pure artesian water – on tap for you at Te Puna Wai Ora.

Start your Rimutaka Cycle Trail ride in Petone, crossing a mix of New Zealand neighbourhoods and landscapes and make a detour out to Pencarrow Coast to New Zealand’s first lighthouse to be rewarded with two more.

Functional facts: Approx. population 97,700. 

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