Upper Hutt City is located 30km north-east of Wellington City and boasts 70% of the region’s parks and reserves, along with state-of-the-art entertainment and leisure facilities. 41,600 people call Upper Hutt City home. From Silverstream to the Rimutaka Hill summit, the city encompasses an area of 540 square kilometres.
Upper Hutt is the gateway to the great outdoors with stunning vistas, world-class cycle tracks and many family-friendly attractions.
A day in Upper Hutt can be as diverse as it is entertaining, starting with a great coffee and stroll through the bustling boutique stores in the city centre.
Changing pace, head into the wilderness and visit Rimutaka Forest Park and experience the protected environment of the iconic kiwi bird. There are also plenty of opportunities to take a scenic walk here, or jump on your bike and cycle the Rimutaka Rail Trail – an 18km (one-way) route that follows a former railway line.
Another park that should not be missed is Kaitoke Regional Park, home to Rivendell where scenes from The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy were shot on location.
Winding down from your outdoor excursions, head to Expressions Arts & Entertainment Centre to check out their latest exhibition or show. Exhibitions are changed often and showcase some of the most celebrated and innovative artists from around New Zealand.
And to truly unwind, visit H2O Xtream and have a relaxing soak in a hot tub, or let the kids tire themselves out on the hydroslides or in the wave pool.