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Upper Hutt

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Upper Hutt

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Upper Hutt [8] is a city in the upper Hutt Valley, near Wellington, in the North Island of New Zealand. .


Upper Hutt forms part of greater Wellington.

Upper Hutt should not be confused with the nearby Lower Hutt (sometimes erroneously called Hutt City).

Get in[edit]

There are five roads into and out of Upper Hutt. State Highway 2, which runs the length of the upper Hutt valley, is known as River Road as it runs along the banks of the Hutt River, effectively bypassing the city itself.

By bus[edit]

There is a regular bus service between Wellington and the Hutt Valley.

  • The Airport Flyer bus, which travels every 20 minutes during the day from the Wellington Airport, through central Wellington, is an express bus service. It stops at major bus stops only, and terminates at the Queensgate (Lower Hutt) bus interchange. This service has racks for luggage at the front of the passenger compartment. - Change to a Valley Flyer bus at the Queensgate bus interchange.
  • Valley Flyer buses travel route 110 from Petone Station via the Queensgate (Lower Hutt) bus interchange to Upper Hutt every 15 minute during weekdays and half hourly in the evenings and at weekends.

By car[edit]

  • From Wellington, State Highway 2 travels along the Hutt Road past Lower Hutt and the intersection with State Highway 58 at Haywards/Manor Park to the Silverstream Bridge.
  • From the Wairarapa, State Highway 2 travels over the Rimutaka Hill to Upper Hutt.
  • There are major intersections and bridges along River Road that provide ready access to most Upper Hutt suburbs. At most times of the day, this means it is about a half-hour trip from downtown Wellington to Upper Hutt, a distance of about 40 km. During rush hour, the journey can take an hour or more.
  • The Eastern Hutt Road provides an alternative route between Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt via Stokes Valley.
  • Moonshine Hill Road provides a rural alternative route from State Highway 58 at the western end of Haywards Hill at Judgeford to State Highway 2 at the Moonshine Bridge in Upper Hutt. Be aware that this road is narrow and single lane at some parts.
  • Akatarawa road provides a scenic drive between Waikanae and Upper Hutt. The road is single lane for about 30 km, and may take an hour of cautious driving at 30-50 km/h, well below the 100 km/h speed limit. There are a number of places of interest along this road, including Staglands Wildlife Reserve & Cafe.

Upper Hutt is one of the few cities in New Zealand which allow Free Parking, however there are time restrictions in many public spaces. Some public car parks allow free unlimited parking

By train[edit]

There are Regular train services between Wellington and Upper Hutt. The first train departs for wellington at 4.30am Monday-Friday, 5am on saturdays and 6am on sundays and the last service at 11pm sunday-thursday and midnight friday and saturday.

There are two services:

  • Hutt Valley Line - Operates half-hourly 7 days a week (hourly from 8pm (7pm sundays)), with express services every 20 minutes at peak times. From Wellington services stop at Kaiwharawhara, Ngauranga, Petone, Ava, Woburn, Waterloo (or Hutt Central), Epuni, Naenae, Wingate, Taita, Pomare, Manor Park, Silverstream, Heretaunga, Trentham, Wallaceville, Upper Hutt. All units stop at Waterloo, which is the main Lower Hutt station and a bus interchange. Express peak-time Upper Hutt units next stop is Taita, then all stations. Taita units stop at all stations in the lower valley. Transfers take place at waterloo or Taita station.
  • Wairarapa Connection - Operates daily morning and evening services. Stops at Petone, Waterloo and Upper Hutt, then all requested stations from Mangaroa, just before Hutt Valley the entrance to the Rimutaka Tunnel, through to Masterton in the Wairarapa. There is a minimum fare equivalent to a full fare Wellington - Upper Hutt trip on this service between any intermediate Hutt Valley Line stations, to discourage intra-Hutt Valley travel on this express service. Wairarapa travellers can transfer to the Hutt Valley Line at Upper Hutt, or be picked up or set down at Waterloo and Petone.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Bartons Bush in Trentham Memorial Park is the last remaining stand of native bush that once covered the whole of the Hutt valley.
  • California Park in the suburb of Totara Park and the Wellington Fault that runs through the middle of the park and the suburb. To find this feature drive the loop around California Drive. When you come to the wide section with the large grassed traffic islands in the middle realise you are driving on an earthquake fault.
  • Harcourt Park, the main entrance is about 500 m up Akatarawa Road from the State Highway 2 intersection. You can also see the Wellington Fault escarpment right by the main carpark. There is an information board here about how the park was formed by the Wellington Fault. This park was one of the scenes for shooting the Lord of the Rings films. There is also a 18 hole disc golf course, maps are available from the city council information store.
  • Silverstream Railway, a short section of the original 1870s Wellington-Wairarapa line has been preserved. Steam trains operate on Sundays.
  • Take a scenic drive up Akatarawa Road to Staglands farm 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.
  • Maidstone Park, Maidstone Terrace, Upper Hutt. A park next to the city centre with an extensive children's playground, skate park, sports grounds, picnic areas and short walks. There is also a miniature railway operating 1st & 3rd Sundays of each month and walking tracks offering great views of the city. ($1 rides) Free.  edit
  • Golder's Cottage Museum, 707 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt, (04) 528-9855. Saturdays 1.30 - 4.30 (other times by arrangement). A slice of local history, Golder's Cottage was built in 1876 by John Golder and now houses a museum showcasing how life was for three generations of Golder who lived there up until the 1980s Adults $4.00, Students $2.00, Children under 12yrs $1.00, Children under 5yrs free.  edit
  • Upper Hutt Blockhouse, Blockhouse Lane (Off McHardie Street, behind Heretaunga College.). Built in 1860, this category 1 historic place is a rare example of an American style cavalry fort, although the surrounding stockade fortifications and earthworks have been removed.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Tunnel Gully and the Rimutaka Incline walkways. Walk or mountain bike the old railway route over the Rimutaka ranges. Be careful; the Rimutakas can be extremely windy.
  • The Hutt River is easily accessible for most of its length. It is even able to be fished for trout - a fishing licence is required.
  • Mountain bike the Karapoti! Every year mountainbikers from around the country and around the world come to take on the Karapoti Challenge - a classic mountain bike race. Mud, steep hills and crazy people.
  • H²O Xtream, Corner of Brown & Blenheim Streets, Upper Hutt (Access from SH2 (Gibbons Street turn off) and we are a 5 minute walk from Upper Hutt Rail and Bus Station), 04 527 2113, [1]. Wave pool, river ride, three hydroslides, lane pool and heaps of water activities for the family. Or if you prefer, have a cuppa at the cafe while the family swims See  edit
  • Royal Wellington Golf Club, 28 Golf Road, Heretaunga, Upper Hutt, (04) 528 2640. 7:30am until 5pm summer and 7:45am until 5pm winter. Exclusive club for members, with some opportunities for non-members to play - contact the golf shop ((04) 528 2640) for availability. $60 - $195.  edit
  • Te Marua Golf Course, 675 Main Road North, Te Marua, Upper Hutt (Follow State Highway 2 towards the Rimutaka Hill Road, the course is on the left at the Northern edge of the city), 04 526 7020, [2]. Picturesque 18 hole golf course at the north end of the city, open to all NZGA affiliate Weekend $31 Non-affiliated $41.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

The central shopping centre runs the length of Main Street, with the block on either side also having some shops. There are 3 supermarkets in this area, as well as The Mall. Generous amounts of free off-street parking can be found in carparks accessed from Fergusson Drive or Queen Street.

There are smaller groups of shops dotted along the length of Fergusson Drive, between Silverstream and Brown Owl, as well as a supermarket in Silverstream and a small shopping centre in Totara Park.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Several restaurants and fast food outlets can be found in Main Street or nearby. The ubiquitous New Zealand Fish and Chip shop, or perhaps a burger bar, dot the suburbs, often near a dairy or one of a group of shops.

Drink[edit][add listing]

There are few bars in upper hutt as most people (especially those aged under 30) head into wellington to drink. The few bars which exist are The Totara Lodge, Which is a well-known bar located opposite Trentham Railway Station, The Glasshouse, which is located at the south end of Main Street in Upper Hutts central business district and the Rimutaka Tavern, located on State Highway Two in Maoribank. The Upper Hutt Cosmopolitan (Cossie) club is another popular establishment however it is a members-only bar and non-members need to be signed-in by a member or a member of an associated workingmens club.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Bristol Motel, 8 Bristol Street, Trentham (Look for the sign on the corner of Fergusson Drive and Bristol St.), +64 4 939 8777.  edit
  • Harcourt Holiday Park, 45 Akatarawa Road, Birchville, Upper Hutt 5018 (600 m up Akatarawa Road from State Highway two. Turn just before the Substation.), Phone or fax: +64 4 526 7400, [3]. This campground sits on the banks of the Hutt river beside Harcourt Park and is only 30 minutes by road from the Picton ferry. Has Motel unit, cabins and sites for caravans and tents.  edit
  • Hawks Inn Motel, 704-706 Fergusson Drive, Wallaceville, +64 4 528 6130, [4].  edit
  • Tranquility Homestay, 136 Akatarawa Road, Birchville, Upper Hutt 5018 (1.3 km up Akatarawa Road from State Highway 2.), +64-4-526 6948 or 0800 270 787 in NZ (), [5]. Situated amongst native trees and shrubs in a quiet country setting on the edge of the city. The Hutt River is just across the road, for swimming, a picnic or fishing. Or walk the river trails and nearby bush walks. 5 minutes drive from downtown Upper Hutt. 35 minutes drive from downtown Wellington. 3 rooms available, from NZ$70 single to NZ$130 double/Queen.  edit
  • Trentham Motel (Trentham Motel on the park), 438 Fergusson Drive (Opposite Trentham Memorial Park), +64 4 528 8635, [6].  edit
  • Totara Lodge Motor Inn & Carvery (The Tote), 68 Ararino Street, Trentham (Opposite Trentham Railway Station and the Racecourse), +64 4 528 4152.  edit
  • Arorangi Country Homestay, 214 Mangaroa Valley Rd (10 mins from Upper Hutt (A map in on our website)), +64 4 5264334, [7]. Arorangi Studio: Single £100; Double $140. Nestled in the heart of the countryside and yet only forty minutes drive from our capital, Wellington, Arorangi Country Homestay is the perfect choice when you are looking for a much needed break or a place to escape, relax and unwind. Arorangi Country Homestay is the perfect base for walkers, trampers, cyclists, mountain bikers, hunters, fishermen and women.  edit

Stay Safe[edit]

Upper hutt during the day is generally a safe city, By far and wide the biggest risk to watch out for are bad drivers. However at night It pays to excise common-sense especially when walking alone through the CBD or at unmanned bus stops and train stations where large numbers of youths looking for a fight or trouble loiter.

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