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A rental car gives you the freedom and flexibility to make the most of your time exploring the Hutt Valley and surrounding areas. Here are a few of the many attractions you might like to consider checking out. The letters on the map match those on the tabs below, where you'll find information about each attraction. For more ideas, check out the Hutt Valley website.
Cape Palliser is just about synonymous with seals. It is the home to the biggest fur seal colony in the entire North Island. The breeding season runs from November to January, so a visit in the summer is likely to mean spotting baby seal pups frolicking on the shore and other playful antics.
The other iconic feature here is the Cape Palliser lighthouse - although the 250 steps leading up to it may be less attractive! It’s certainly a bit of an endurance workout but from the top, the views are worth it. The rugged coast reveals itself and between the terrain and the notorious Cook Strait winds, it’s not hard to see what caused so many shipwrecks around here in years gone by. Originally installed in 1897, the cast iron lighthouse lives on atop these cliffs - a grand old dame still. There’s no public access inside however so you won’t be able to actually step inside. Painted in cheerful red and white stripes, it certainly stands out from the backdrop of cliffs and hills - only a couple of other lighthouses in all of the country are striped, as opposed to the traditional white.
This particular part of the North Island - at the most southeastern tip of the mainland - dates back the better part of a millennium to the very earliest of Maori settlers, and features heavily in the legends of Kupe. It was also a significant area for later colonial arrivals.
It’s about a two hour drive from Lower Hutt to Cape Palliser, an ideal day trip. The route there is super scenic in its own right. As you navigate the coastal roads in your rental car, views open up over the steep drops. Before reaching the lighthouse, check out the colourful and eclectic fishing village of Ngawi.
A leisurely hour’s drive from Lower Hutt in your rental car, Martinborough is situated to the northwest, over the Rimutaka mountain range. It’s also well worth an overnight stay! There is no shortage of character filled accommodation options - cottages, boutique hotels and B&Bs, even large farmstay estates. Simplicity is key and the charms of country life are bound to enchant you instantly.
The main draw here is the wine; Martinborough is a key destination along the classic New Zealand wine trail. It’s one of the highlights of the surrounding Wairarapa region, with many wineries within walking or biking distance of the colonial village. Many are quaint family owned affairs. Pinot noir is a key offering - some of the world’s best can be tasted right here in Martinborough. Bring your appetite too as there are many upscale gourmet food producers to tempt your tastebuds. Rent a bike, head out on foot or book a guided tour - either way you can’t go wrong.
If time is of the essence, the Martinborough wine centre conveniently centralises things so you can sample and buy bottles all under one roof. (Or simply stop in for some advice on what cellar doors to stop at, and hire a bicycle, before heading out.) The staff can answer all your questions about vineyards and their specialties. On weekends you might bump shoulders with a local winemaker! The wine centre also stocks some delicious local olive oils, books, clothing, art, beer and spirits. Wines can even be shipped to your home address.
Martinborough’s cute historic village is also ripe for window (or real) shopping. There’s a trove of beautiful homeware, fashion, crafts,gifts and decor to be found behind these storefronts.
The nature reserve of Kapiti Island is a totally pest free environment, and home to some of the world’s most endangered species. It is a bird sanctuary in every sense of the word. Generally, the wildlife here are supremely comfortable and trusting of humans and so encounters on Kapiti Island are genuinely something special and a memory to be treasured.
On Kapiti Island, a marine reserve sits alongside a nature reserve, bringing together the best of both worlds. There are many unique and rare species here like saddleback, stitchbird, kokako and spotted kiwi. But there are also some less endangered birds, for example, weka, shags and in the evenings, little blue penguins.
The Rangatira area of Kapiti Island will have you walking up to Tuteremoana, the highest point on the island, and take you to the historic whare (communal Maori house). At the northern end of Kapiti Island, walking tracks proceed through forest and grasslands through to Okupe Lagoon, a fresh water basin.
To get to Kapiti Island you’ll need to book a tour ahead of time as only a couple of approved operators have access. Tours depart from Paraparaumu, which is about an hour north of Lower Hutt along the Kapiti coast. Take your rental car up and leave it parked by the beach while you embark on the 15 minute journey across to the island on the ferry.
How long you stay on the island is up to you. There are a few options, from half day to full day, and even overnight stays. Kapiti Island Nature Tours offers the only accommodation on the island, in the form of lodge cabins and luxury tents. The guided walks can focus on either the natural aspects or the cultural sides of the island.
Rimutaka Cycle Trail
The Rimutaka Cycle Trail begins practically at the doorstep of Petone. It’s handy to Wellington city, but even more so to our rental depot in Lower Hutt (which Petone is a suburb of). Starting on the foreshore, the trail then winds through the Wairarapa region and concludes at the Orongorongo River, over 100 km away.
The Rimutaka Cycle Trail is one of New Zealand’s Great Rides. It is made up of four relatively easy sections, so can be tackled in small parts, or in one go over two or three days. Don’t forget to pack a torch for navigating the tunnels along the way! Bear in mind too that there are hardly any shops along the trail, certainly not beyond the first section.
The first leg eases you into things, via the forested banks of the Hutt River, past early European and Maori settlement sites, and then into Tunnel Gully (a popular spot not just for biking but for walking and hiking, picnicking, and paddling).
Next the trail follows historic railway routes, via tunnels and over bridges. Then it’s on out of the Rimutaka ranges and into the Wairarapa valley. At Turakirae Head, stop to admire the fur seal colony. Finally turn northwards to the Orongorongo River.
Highlights along the track worthy of stopping at include: Harcourt Park, with a nifty suspension bridge as well as being the site of the Gardens of Isengard, a Lord of the Rings film location. Then there’s Moana Wetlands Park, a traditionally significant area for Maori. At Lake Onoke there are many birds to keep an eye out for, such as the Caspian tern, albatross, dotterel and penguins - out to sea, whales, dolphins and seals sometimes make a showing.
Staglands Wildlife Reserve
Bring the whole family for a day out at Staglands Wildlife Reserve! Tucked into the Akatarawa Valley just a 40 minute drive from Lower Hutt, it’s a great place to connect with nature. The story of how Staglands came to be involves the carefully planned creation and refinement of 25 acres spanning farmland, bush, water and clay. Today it’s home to a number of animal species, a mix of both the unusual and the familiar. There are plenty of opportunities to get up close and personal with animals and birds. The animals are by and large extremely friendly and often will come to you!
Guests in wheelchairs and their caregivers can enter for free.
Waterfowl roam free among the wetlands, while giant eels, rainbow and brown trout thrive in the pools. The walk through aviary is a veritable menagerie of colourful birds. The stables house a very tame donkey and Clydesdale horse, as well as cuddly rabbits and pigs. Turtles, pigeons and many other tame creatures live inside the enchanting Secret Garden. Fallow deer roam free in the deer park, and in the Old Bush Settlement you can ride on a vintage railway just like the old pioneers did.
Free feeding tours are held at lunch time and are open to join. Anyone can hand feed the animals and birds; just bring along some nibbles from home or order a food bag at the ticket office! (And when the kids get hungry, there are complimentary barbecue facilities as well as lots of great picnic spots.)
On weekends, school holidays and public holidays, there are free tractor trailer rides available if you fancy a bit of off roading.
Afterwards wind down in the cosy onsite cafe, which has a welcoming open fire and outdoor seating - and don’t leave without making a wish in the wishing well!
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