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Parks and nature in Lower Hutt

Top parks

Park
“Great day walking, fantastic views of the Hutt Valley out to harbour and Wellington city... its local! Smaller children might need a piggyback if they get tired...”
  • 8 locals recommend
Nature Preserve
“This is a beautiful area to explore if you are visiting in Wellington. Stunning little spot close to the main road. Lots of small walks up the hills from here. I highly recommend the waterfall track, takes about 10 minutes to get to the very picturesque cascade waterfall.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Field
“This is not for the weak or unfit, you have been warned. Takes about 30 minutes to get to the top and the view is spectacular, quite a reward. You need to be very careful coming back down due to it being so steep, combined with loose rock. If you love a workout and a challenge this is a must do.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Mini Golf
“Great place for relaxing. Lots of activities. Pay for paddle boats or mini golf. OR have some free entertainment. Excellent playground for kids as well as adults.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Park
  • 4 locals recommend
Campground
  • 1 local recommends
Campground
“Catchpool valley gives access to hiking routes in the Rimutaka Forest Park - including into the stunning Orongorongo valley.”
  • 1 local recommends
Park
  • 1 local recommends

Playgrounds

Park
“You'll find Days Bay Beach on the fringe of Eastbourne, complemented by the bush-clad backdrop of Williams Park. It's a wonderful place for an outing. Whether you’re after sand or shade, there’s plenty to choose from, including: A pavilion with café, food and ice cream shop Bush tracks A public wharf (great to jump off in warmer weather) Toilets and changing rooms A white sand beach Tennis courts – grass and asphalt A duck pond A free electric barbeque Free parking A pétanque piste Catch the return ferry to Matiu/Somes Island or continue on to Wellington Sea canoes for hire Take Bus 83 from Queensgate ”
  • 1 local recommends
Playground
“Eastbourne is about a 15 minute walk or 2 minutes on the bus. Here you will find everything you need - Pharmacy, Doctor, Dentist, Library, Hairdresser, Beautician, small supermarket, swimming pool, Pub and of course the Library - as well as the beach!”
  • 1 local recommends

Beaches

Beach
“Catch the ferry to Days Bay, grab a beer or ice cram at the local, or wonder along to Eastbourne shops and pub or cafe. Great day trip. Remember to save some puff for the walk back to Days Bay or catch the bus back to Wellington.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Beach
  • 1 local recommends

Trails

Trail
“There are bike and walking tracks alongside the River from Petone at the South end heading northwards to Upper Hutt; if you cross the road and/or rail pedestrian bridges you can walk a loop track and park your car at various entry/exit points. Walking by Shandon Golf course is pleasant and the track is fairly flat, apart from the gradual gradient as you ride north up the valley.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Trail
“There is Limited access to vehicles on this gravelled road so it is good for walking or cycling beside the harbour. It is only a short walking distance from the final bus stop on the Eastbourne route, and you can hire a bike to use at the bike shed on the way to Burdan Gate, the starting point.”
  • 1 local recommends
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