Lower Hutt is part of Hutt City in the Wellington region of the North Island, New Zealand.
Lower Hutt has a long history of settlement. For many years, the coastal suburb of Petone was a focus for light industry. The Petone Settlers Museum is nationally acclaimed for its collection and entertainment value and it is a great place to visit while in the area.
Lower Hutt is also identified for the Dowse Art Museum, which shows both national and international art work. The Maori Treasures Complex is also a great place where you can learn about Maori culture through exhibits and live demonstrations.
Visitors to Lower Hutt often enjoy the drive around the bays to Eastbourne, where you can relax at a cafe visit the galleries and make the most of sea views.
Lower Hutt History
Before European settlement, the Hutt Valley was thickly forested, with areas of marshland close to the river's mouth. Maori inhabited the shoreline, with a pa at each end of Petone beach. The Maori welcomed the arrival of the New Zealand Company ship Tory in 1839, and William Wakefield negotiated with local chiefs to allow settlement.
The city got its name from the river, which was named after the founding member, director and chairman of the New Zealand Company, Sir William Hutt.
Main Towns in the Wellington Region
Other Towns in the Wellington Region