Lower Hutt is full of surprises when it comes to things to do and places to see. It is particularly appealing to lovers of the open air, with its picturesque walking and cycling routes, stunning coastal views and nature reserves. Visitors can also find plenty of art, shopping, craft produce and more. If that wasn’t enough, Lower Hutt is less than half and hour from New Zealand’s capital by bus - making a perfect location from which to explore North Island whilst enjoying the relative tranquility of a smaller town setting.
Lower Hutt is a popular destination and offers a range of accommodation for both tourists and those visiting the area on business. If you are looking to stay longer than a few days, then a serviced apartment could prove the most comfortable and cost-effective option for getting the most out of your trip. The Squa.re carry a range of such properties - from luxury corporate housing to small, self-contained studios. Each has been selected for its high standard of interior decor, its range of kitchen and living facilities, as well as the desirability of its location. Choosing to stay in this kind of accommodation means you not only get the benefits of traditional accommodation, such as room cleaning and servicing, but are also afforded complete privacy and have the option of full self-catering.
Lower Hutt offers visitors an intriguing and diverse range of attractions - from fashionable bars and cafes to breathtaking hiking trails. Previously one of New Zealand’s most overlooked destinations, Lower Hutt is gradually gaining a reputation for being one of the country’s top places to visit - for both business and leisure.
The city is particularly appealing for those who enjoy the outdoors - there are plenty of demarcated walking routes and nature trails just a stone's throw away, and of course there is also plenty of beautiful coastline to explore or simply relax on and enjoy the sunshine. Offering such natural diversity in its immediate vicinity, Lower Hutt is the perfect destination for those who are looking for a more adventurous holiday.
Of course there’s also plenty to do within the urban area - Lower Hutt has a bustling cultural scene, offering everything from live rock music to indigenous art galleries. There are also numerous artisan coffee houses and fashionable bars around the centre, giving the city a fantastic atmosphere and offering a vibrant nightlife.
Lower Hutt has a huge range of places to eat - ranging from famous chains to quirky independent eateries. Lone Star on Jackson Street is a great place to go if you are looking to explore Kiwi cuisine, as is Brew'd Boulcott on the High Street. Curry houses are also exceptionally popular, with Buddha Stix, Gr8Tandoori and Maharaja’s being amongst the most popular. Visitors will also find that cafes, such as Benedicts or Beannie are a great option for getting a quick bite at lunchtime.
Queensgate Shopping Centre is your one-stop destination for retail therapy in Lower Hutt, with some 180 retailers offering everything from luxury fashions to homewares. For those seeking bargain fashions, Rembrandt Outlet on Margaret Street offers designer goods at knockdown prices, whilst Wellington Central Markets also has a huge amount of low priced goods. There are also plenty of independent shops dotted all over the city.
Lower Hutt is a great place for excursions: Matiu / Somes Island can be seen on a daytrip, with its historical buildings and lighthouse, whilst Belmont Regional Park is just a short bus ride away and offers beautiful scenery in which to hike, camp or even enjoy some horseback riding. Closer to the centre of town, there’s Dowse Art Museum with its modern galleries, or Pataka Art + Museum, showcasing contemporary Maori art.
Public transport in and around Lower Hutt is well developed compared to much of New Zealand. Buses run regularly between the city and Wellington, as well as offering routes towards many landmarks in the region. There are also regular ferry and water taxi services running across Wellington Harbour - which offer a scenic and practical way of reaching the capital.
Lower Hutt and the surrounding areas has several manufacturers headquartered, as well as financial services and tourism operators. Gartner Research has offices based locally, as well as TeamTalk ltd and Online Communications ltd. Further to this, there are many local catering and retail food manufacturers, including Brezelmania Limited and Globus Group New Zealand Limited.