A major suburb of the Lower Hutt City, Petone is home to coffee roasters, food producers, fashion labels, craft beer and many other artisan product makers. It has attractions and activities suiting visitors of all ages, tastes, and budgets. Be it an adrenaline-pumping adventure or a relaxing day out, you won’t find yourself bored in Petone. And if you happen to be there during the winter, you’re in for a delightful treat with the Petone Winter Carnival being held in the first week of August each year.
Read on to find out about the best things to do in Petone, NZ.
1. Gain insight into the history of the city at the Petone Settlers Museum
The museum commemorates the journey and experiences of the early settlers while providing insight into the rich history of the place. It is housed in one among New Zealand’s most significant memorial buildings - the Wellington Provincial Centennial Memorial. It is situated right on the foreshore, overlooking the waters which first brought the early European settlers to Wellington and one can take a stroll on the beach after having viewed the collections. Some interesting events are also often organized at the museum.
Petone Settlers Museum
Address: Petone Settlers Museum, 5012 Petone, Lower Hutt, New Zealand
Website: Petone Settlers Museum
Contact Number : +64 4-568 8373
2. Take a stroll along Jackson Street and be amazed
The longest street in town, Jackson Street is a must visit to experience the plethora of small but trendy cafes and restaurants that Petone has to offer. The street is also meant for the savvy shoppers and gallery wanderers, not just the foodies, as it houses a number of galleries, specialty shops and boutique design stores for you to explore. The Te Puna Wai Ora (or the spring of life) is a natural artesian spring that flows under Jackson Street and makes for a meeting place for people from around to get free, untreated water, filtered naturally straight from the ground.
Website: Jackson Street
3. Try your hand at Bowland Petone
A large, modern bowling alley with 20 fully automatic lanes that is suitable for fun as well as competitive playing, this place is oftentimes fully booked. Each of the twenty lanes caters to six players. The place also has a bar, café, big screen TV along with gaming machines and a pool table for entertainment.
Address: 12 Western Hutt Road, 5012 Korokoro, Lower Hutt, Wellington Region
Website: Bowland Petone
Contact Number : (+64) (4) 568 3168
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4. Visit the HangDog Indoor Climbing Center and have some fun
It has a 14 meter (46 foot) high indoor climbing wall with 10 lines of lead-climbing which are suitable for all ages (from 6 years to 70 years) and all fitness levels. One session is around 2 hours. You can, however, chose to move at your own pace and come down whenever you wish.
Visitor’s Speak: “Such kind and friendly instructors - they made the place stand out, apart from the climbing experience of course. We will be back for sure!” - Luna Lyn on Facebook
HangDog Indoor Climbing Center
Address: 53 Hutt Rd, 5010 Alicetown, New Zealand
Website: HangDog Indoor Climbing Centre
Contact Number : +64 4-589 9181
5. For art and culture lovers, a visit to the Dowse is a must
The Dowse is a free, public art gallery that is highly regarded both nationally and internationally and houses a constantly changing mix of exciting and innovative exhibitions besides displays relevant to contemporary art and culture. The museum presents diverse programs of above twenty exhibitions per year across the eleven gallery spaces at the venue.
Visitor’s Speak : “Awesome space to connect with the arts community. Lovely to see the work of local artists alongside internationally renowned practitioners. Good cafe attached and great facilities for kids. If you haven’t checked it out you’re missing out on one of the best things in the Hutt!” - Michael Duffy on Facebook
The Dowse Art Museum
Address: 45 Laings Rd, 5010 Lower Hutt, New Zealand
Website: Dowse Art Museum
Contact Number : +64 4-570 6500
6. Go golfing at the Shandon Golf Course
A challenging par-70, 18-hole course located on the banks of the Hutt River, it is known for its tree-lined fairways and beautifully manicured, sloping greens. The course has played host to a number of national tournaments.There are a number of men’s and women’s playing groups as well as a junior academy. The venue also has excellent clubhouse facilities with a cafe, bar, pokies and pro shop.
Visitor’s Speak: “Easy walking course, can normally finish a round in about 3 ½ Hours. Always well presented. Greens are generally quick and can be a challenge in the Wellington wind.” - Tim Gentle (Google Reviews)
Shandon Golf Course
Address: 467 Jackson St, Petone, 5012 Lower Hutt, New Zealand
Website: Shandon Golf Course
Contact : +64 4-939 6305
7. Experience the thrill of indoor sports at Hutt Indoor Sports
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It is a sports center that holds year-round competitions for adults in indoor netball, cricket, bubble soccer, touch rugby events which are safe and fun in spite of being extremely competitive because of the professional grade environment. Teams have the option to enter the lunchtime or evening competitions, depending on their chosen sport. Group bookings and corporate bookings can also be done.
Hutt Indoor Sports
Address: 93 Hutt Park Rd, Moera, 5010 Lower Hutt, New Zealand
Website: Hutt Indoor Sports
Contact Number : +64 4-589 4888
That's not all, there's plenty more to explore!
While you’re there, make sure you check out the Petone Foreshore Playground, a marine-themed beachside playground at the eastern end of Petone Beach and spend a day relaxing at the Sladden Park which has swings, picnic tables and large grassy areas for the whole family to enjoy. Visit the Huia Pool, a nationally acclaimed 25 meter (83 foot) indoor pool offering an action-packed aquatic activities schedule. The venue also has a children’s pool, learner’s pool, and a hydrotherapy pool.
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