Lower Hutt

Lower Hutt (also called Hutt City after its local council's self-chosen name) is a city in the lower (southern) Hutt Valley, near Wellington, in the Greater Wellington region of the North Island of New Zealand. The city includes Lower Hutt itself and the distinctly separate communities of Petone, Eastbourne and Wainuiomata.

Understand

History

The early settlers that came to Wellington in 1840 first settled by the beach at Petone and then moved up the Hutt Valley, looking for suitable land for farming. Urbanisation in the lower Hutt Valley was concentrated mainly around Petone, central Lower Hutt and Eastbourne until the Second World War. From the 1940s, the government built several new suburbs, namely Epuni, Naenae and Taita, containing thousands of state-owned houses to alleviate both pre-war and post-war housing shortages. Much of the flat land in the lower valley has now been urbanised, though the steep and relatively undeveloped valley hillsides, which are much more suited to forestry, as well as the many trees in private residential gardens, gives the city a rural feel.

Climate

Although only across Wellington Harbour from the capital, Wellington, the Hutt Valley climate is distinctly different. Sheltered by the surrounding hills the weather is less windy and generally warmer, although winter frosts are more severe, particularly further up the valley, away from the sea.

Get in

There are only four roads into and out of Lower Hutt. Three are part of the state highway system, and these all lie on the western bank of the Hutt River, with the third, Eastern Hutt Road, connecting Lower Hutt to Upper Hutt via Stokes Valley.

By bus

There is a regular bus service between Wellington and Lower Hutt.

Online you can use Metlink to look up bus (and train) timetables, or to find the easiest way from A to B in the Wellington region on public transport.

There is also a regular Upper Hutt–Petone service (route 110) from Upper Hutt railway station to Petone railway station via Stokes Valley Entrance, Fraser Park, and Lower Hutt Queensgate.

By car

By train

Suburban rail services between Wellington and Lower Hutt run half-hourly for most of the day and evening. Off-peak services, 09:00-14:30, have reduced fares. There are also all-day and weekend passes that will allow unlimited travel on all Wellington suburban rail services.

There are two different lines:

By boat

The East by West Ferry runs several times a day between Queen's Wharf in Wellington and Days Bay at Eastbourne. This is a great day trip. Restaurants, cafes, and destination shopping, lovely beach, boat hire, forest walks! The ferry will also take you to Somes/Matui Island in the middle of the harbour, another great day out with spectacular views of the city and environs. The ferry also runs to Petone.

Get around

By bus

Valley Flyer runs regular bus services throughout Lower Hutt, serving suburbs not covered by the rail network. All but one bus route converges on the Lower Hutt Queensgate bus interchange, outside the Westfield Queensgate shopping mall on the corner of Queens Drive and Bunny Street in central Lower Hutt. All buses also connect to train services at either Taita, Waterloo or Petone stations.

The main buses are:

See

Do

Buy

The major shopping and business is in the Lower Hutt city centre between the Melling and Ewen Bridges over the Hutt River.

Eat

Supermarkets
Fish and chips 
Vegetarian 
Pies 

Miscellaneous:

Drink

The best range of pubs is on Jackson Street in Petone. Choose between several, including:

Water

Sleep

Budget

Mid-range

Stay safe

The Hutt River occasionally floods the riverbank carparks and the area around Melling Bridge, near the railway station. Be prepared to park somewhere else during or after very heavy rain, as the river does rise quickly.

Suburbs such as Naenae, Taita, Pomare and Stokes Valley tend to have reputations as lower socioeconomic zones due to these areas having been developed with a lot of state rental housing. However this is mostly a reputation that arises through a misunderstanding of the cultural differences between the wide variety of ethnic backgrounds of the inhabitants.

Stay healthy

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