then a 3min drive over Wainuiomata Hill with some of the region’s best views
A stunning 30 min journey
From Wellington’s city centre you drive 15 min north on SH2 along the edge of beautiful Wellington Harbour. At the top of Wellington Harbour you take the ramp off to Petone, Lower Hutt, then follow the scenic Esplanade alongside Petone Beach.
- Travel Tip – Stop and walk on Petone Beach then grab a great coffee on the shoreline at the fantastic Seashore Cabaret. Or take a 1 min detour to Jackson St, Petone, which is buzzing with boutique shopping and cafes.
When you’re at the end of the Esplanade it’s just a couple of minutes to the bottom of Wainuiomata Hill, and a quick, easy drive up and over.
Wainuiomata – explore from its hill top entrance to wild coast in just 25 min
Wainuiomata is jam-packed with great activities that are all close together. From the top of Wainuiomata Hill, with its great harbour and valley views, it’s just a 25-min scenic drive through Wainuiomata valley to the stunning Southern Coast. On a clear day you see across to the Southern Alps of New Zealand’s South Island!
From Wainuiomata’s town centre it’s only a 10-min drive to Remutaka (Rimutaka) Forest Park where wild kiwi roams, to Coastal Views Horse Treks and Wellington Adventures quad biking. It’s even closer to visit Wainuiomata Pioneer Church and grab a round at Wainuiomata Golf Club.
Getting to Wellington & Wainuiomata
Good news, if you can get to Wellington then the hard part’s done! It’s just a 30 min hop, skip and jump (drive) to Wainuiomata.
Even better news, getting to Wellington is easy – it’s New Zealand’s capital city.
Arrive by bike! Take the scenic Rimutaka Cycle Trail
Start the journey at Petone Beach on Wellington Harbour. Bike up Hutt River, through the picturesque Wairarapa and out to the stunning Wainuiomata Coast.
Then take a few days to explore Wainuiomata tenting under the stars in Rimutaka Forest Park or in a warm bed.
“It’s heartland New Zealand”Hutt City Mayor Ray Wallace
“You can go anywhere and you’re welcome. It’s Wainuiomata!”Kylie
“We have great things, like our beautiful parks, and I want to share that.”Emma