10 Trails in the Hutt Valley and Where to Treat Yourself After

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Nestled within the lush, rolling landscapes that make up the lower North Island, the Hutt Valley offers an expansive network of interesting walks appealing to both seasoned hikers and casual strollers alike. Whether you’re after a leisurely meander or a more challenging multi-hour ‘slog’, the Hutt Valley trails offer a variety of native bush landscapes and panoramic vistas, meaning there really is something for everyone. Fortunately, the adventure doesn’t have to end with the last step of the walk; the Hutt Valley also offers a yummy selection of culinary spots to reward the tired explorer. Our guide below unveils ten of the best walks in the Hutt Valley and our suggestion of the perfect places to treat yourself afterwards.

Kaitoke Regional Park

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A lush sanctuary nestled in the foothills of the Tararua mountains, Kaitoke Regional Park has an ethereal allure that captivates visitors new and old alike - and it’s not just down to its Lord of the Rings connections.

Percy Scenic Reserve

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Once a private family garden in the late 1800s, Percy Scenic Reserve is today one of Lower Hutt's most cherished public spaces to take in serene vistas, explore historic plant collections and picnic by the duck pond.

Maidstone Max

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Only a hop, skip and throw from Upper Hutt’s CBD is Maidstone Park.

Staglands

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Tucked away deep in the Akatarawa Valley, Staglands is a serene wildlife reserve with a focus on encouraging each visitor to nurture a genuine connection to and appreciation...

Brewtown Entertainment

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Long synonymous with Wellington’s unparalleled craft beer scene, Brewtown is quietly but effectively growing a reputation as the region’s ultimate...

Toi MAHARA

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Toi MAHARA is the district public gallery for the Kāpiti Coast. It stands in pride of place in the heart of Waikanae in a purpose-built building designed by Athfield Architects.

Toi Matarau

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Toi Matarau is a gallery within the Māoriland Hub in the heart of Ōtaki village.

Dreamscape Glamping

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Perched on a hill overlooking Waikanae and the Kāpiti Island, a unique accommodation experience awaits.

Penray Gardens

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Penray Gardens is a pick-your-own paradise located in Ōtaki on the Kāpiti Coast.

Willis Lane

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Wellington’s city streets are constantly humming with life and energy, but for a playful excursion that breaks the norm, you’ll want to head underground.

Iris Store + Studio

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Nestled in a creative corner of Wellington and surrounded by like-minded boutique neighbours, Iris Store + Studio is much more than a one-stop shop for all your beauty needs.

The Intrepid Hotel

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A destination in itself with a surprise at every corner.

Beers, Bites, and Bowling: A Guide to Upper Hutt’s Brewtown

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Just a stone’s throw from Upper Hutt train station lies Brewtown, a 6,000 square metre entertainment and dining hub that effortlessly attracts families, parties, and thrill seekers from around Wellington and beyond.

Hoi Studio

Reformer pilates studio in Miramar.
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Hoi is a Pilates studio in Miramar with a wholesome philosophy of laughter and light-heartedness in movement.

Old St Paul's

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While Old St Paul’s is no longer affiliated with the Anglican Church (or any church for that matter) it still makes a beautiful spot to come and reflect no matter if you’re atheist, agnostic or still deciding.

Wellington Apothecary

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Find a complete range of botanical tonics, teas and skincare, all handmade in small batches at this local apothecary.

Weta Workshop

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Your gateway to immersive film making experiences.

A Beaches, Brews and Views Guide to Kāpiti Coast

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Kāpiti Coast is renowned for its stunning views, beautiful coastline and petite villages brimming with interesting discoveries. Tucked between the mountainous Tararua Range and the Pacific Ocean, this narrow strip of land is home to creative communities, bakers and brewers, nature lovers and ocean enthusiasts, culinary aficionados and those in search of a slower pace of life.

Commonsense Kilbirnie

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A boutique and thoughtful shopping experience.

Commonsense Wellington City

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For all things organic, Commonsense Organics is the place to visit – and luckily for Wellingtonians there are four stores to choose from.