The Hutt Valley contains the Hutt River and the cities of Upper Hutt and Hutt City (formerly Lower Hutt).
The early settlers that came to Wellington in 1840 first settled in Petone and then moved up the Hutt river valley, looking for suitable land for farming. While much of the valley has now been urbanised, there are still pockets of rural land and large open spaces.
Regular flooding in Petone in the early years meant that the original Wellington settlement was relocated to its current Lambton harbour location. As a result, a lot of the street names were also reallocated to the new streets. This means many greater Wellington street addresses are not unique. Wellingtonians often use their addresses without a suburb, however those living in the Hutt Valley often add the suburb and city and may not even indicate it is a Wellington region postal code.
There are only 4 roads into and out of the Hutt Valley, 3 are part of the state highway system, and the other, though a scenic drive, is single lane for much of its length.
There is a regular bus service between Wellington and the Hutt Valley.
The Airport Flyer bus, which travels half hourly from the Wellington Airport, through central Wellington, is an express bus service. It stops at major bus stops only, including the Queensgate (Lower Hutt) bus interchange and travels as far as Upper Hutt Station. This service has space for luggage in the bus, by the front seats.
The Eastbourne bus travels from Courtenay Place in central Wellington to Eastbourne, on the other side of the harbour. Some buses travel via Jackson Street in Petone and via the Queensgate (Lower Hutt) bus interchange. At peak time there are express services direct to Eastbourne. Ask the driver before boarding if you are not certain.
Belmont Regional Park is a great place to wander around. If you've got all day then the walk up to Belmont Trig is very tiring yet enjoyable.
If you want to go on a short walk then you can go from the end of Cornish Street, in Petone, up to the defunct Korokoro Dam.
Petone, the first colonial settlement in the Wellington area. Visit the early settlers museum and see the Jackson Street walk of fame.
Tunnel Gully and the Rimutaka Incline walkways. Walk or mountain bike the old railway route over the Rimutaka ranges.
Kaitoke Regional Park has a number of forest walks.
The Hutt River is easily accessable for most of its length. It is even able to be fished for trout - a fishing licence is required.
Take a scenic drive up Akatarawa Road to Staglands wildlife park.
At the top of the Rimutaka Hill you can take a break in your trip to the Waiarapa and climb up to the Rimutaka Trig and see the Wairarapa instead. Choose a calm sunny day as this part of the country can be very windy.
Fish and chips:
Dennis Fish Supply; 103 Randwick Rd Moera
Calypso Fish & Chips; 5 Waiwhetu Rd Waiwhetu
Real Meat Pies; 68 Whites Line East Waiwhetu (during business hours only)