Lower Hutt




  • Rimutaka Cycle Trail
  • Walking and hiking trails


  • By car: 20 min from Wellington
  • By car: 2 hr 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 full of top walking and cycling trails including the start of the Rimutaka Cycle Trail, voted among Lonely Planet’s best new world travel experiences in 2015. From the Hutt River to bush-clad hills and out to our stunning coast, explore nature escapes, gorgeous seaside villages and a bustling café culture - just 15 minutes from central Wellington. Hear the stories of New Zealand’s first organised European settlement at Petone. Discover a unique cultural history and visit some of the region’s vibrant art galleries and cafés. The Maori Treasures Complex is another place of interest – you can learn about Maori culture through exhibits and live demonstrations. 

Functional facts: Approx. population 97,700. 

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