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Hutt Valley Suburb Profile

The Hutt Valley is just 15 minutes drive north of Wellington; the coolest little capital in the world!  Hutt Valley is the gateway to the river, hills and mountains, filled with mountain biking, walking and tramping trails from flat passive to extreme.

Hutt Valley has a fantastic history of Maori and the first European settlement which has left behind wonderful stories of New Zealand firsts; first settlement, first lighthouse, first dam and even first rugby match (in the North Island).

Click below to get a flavour of the different suburbs:

Alicetown

Alicetown is one of Lower Hutt’s older suburbs, tucked between Petone in the south and Lower Hutt’s main shopping centre in the north. Much of Alicetown’s housing is between 70 and 90 years old, and this is shown by the building styles of the era, notably the ‘Square Villa’, ‘Bay Villa’ and the ‘Bungalow’ styles. Alicetown is known for its light industry and is well-serviced by amenities including an excellent shopping centre. Its central location makes it handy to public transport including Western Hutt Station and it’s a short walk over Ewen Bridge to Lower Hutt’s CBD. Many Alicetown homeowners appreciate the suburbs close proximity to both Petone Beach and the Hutt River for recreational purposes.

Avalon

Avalon is a modern, clean and green suburb of Hutt City that runs adjacent to the Hutt River on the valley floor. This suburb enjoys a convenient central location with direct access to the motorway and a short 5 minute drive to the Central Business District of Lower Hutt. Bus and rail transport are also located within easy walking distance. Avalon has a range of housing from state homes to privately owned residences and because of this has a mixture of lower to middle income earners living in the area. Well served in regards to educational facilities, Avalon has kindergarten, primary, intermediate and college level schooling. This suburb also has access to excellent recreational and sporting facilities with Avalon and Fraser Parks catering for rugby, soccer, hockey, cricket, tennis and squash.

Belmont

Belmont, a suburb on the Western Hills, is located between Normandale and Kelson and covers an area of over 2000 hectares. In terms of population, Belmont is one of the fastest growing suburbs of Lower Hutt. Belmont contains a variety of subdivisions varying in age and size from rural lifestyle blocks to contemporary 500-600m² sections. This reflects the different styles and ages of houses which in return reflect the wide range of prices found in this suburb. The combination of hills and bush help give Belmont a mature, private, green and serene character with peaceful views of the valley and harbour. Belmont has easy access to the motorway and is only 15 minutes to Wellington City out of peak times.

Boulcott

Boulcott is situated north-east of Central Hutt on the valley floor and in 1944 became the home of the Hutt Hospital. This was significant for not only providing a medical service, but also as an indicator of Hutt City’s rapid growth to city status. The suburb has become a neighbourhood of predominantly high quality homes, some of which back on to Boulcott Golf Course and Hutt Golf Club. Most houses are quality wooden family homes and many have been restored with character interior and modern conveniences. Some smaller sections also have a mixture of 2 bedroom units and newer townhouses. Boulcott enjoys its own local shops including takeaway, a bakery, a dairy and small businesses.

Eastbourne & Bays

Eastbourne which is in the Harbour Ward, is located on the eastern side of Wellington harbour, stretching from Point Howard south to Point Arthur (Butterfly Creek). Eastbourne area has been a popular destination for picnics and tramping. It was not unusual in the early 1900’s to see the Sunday Wellington to Eastbourne ferry steaming towards Eastbourne packed with day trippers. Gradually the holiday batches evolved into permanent residences and the township grew and now has a large number of executive homes. The Eastbourne ferry links Eastbourne to Wellington and is a popular option for regular commuters working in Wellington city.

Fairfield

Fairfield was predominantly established in the 1930s after WWII when the state extended the suburb to the north. Fairfield has many tree lined streets which become more concentrated as you move through the suburb to its border at the eastern foothills. There is a cluster of main road shopping for the locals and through traffic including a dairy, cake shop, takeaways and a large garden centre just up the road. It takes 3 to 5 minutes to drive from the far side of Fairfield into Central Hutt. Buses also leave from the shopping area and the closest rail connection is Epuni Station. Mixed age groups live in Fairfield enjoying the convenience, plenty of sun, and some very quiet places. Housing in Fairfield ranges from character homes through to modern in-fill properties and it is a quiet safe suburb.

Kelson

Kelson is located on the Western Hills and is connected to Lower Hutt by the Kennedy Good Bridge (KGB). It’s convenient location to the motorway gives it easy access to Lower Hutt and Wellington. Kelson has its own kindergarten, two primary schools and there is also a public bus service operating on a regular basis feeding trains, schools and the Central Hutt. The majority of Kelson houses were built from the 1970’s onwards many having extensive harbour and valley views. The types of people that reside in this suburb are middle class income earners with young children who want to live close to good standard primary schools.

Korokoro

Located directly above Petone and the foreshore, Korokoro could be called the dress circle of the Western Hills with many properties enjoying uninterrupted panoramic views of Wellington, Lower Hutt and the harbour. This conveniently places Korokoro only 10 minutes from Wellington out of peak hour and only minutes to the Lower Hutt CBD. This, combined with the ample open spaces and established native bush/reserve areas, results in a quiet and tranquil pastoral feel. The approximately 500 homes in Korokoro provide a diverse mix of styles ranging from early 1900’s villas and cottages through to the most modern architectural styles. The school, which celebrated its centenary in 2004, is the focal point of the community. A full primary school, it caters for children from Year 1 – Year 8. Korokoro is a suburb for the people who like the rural lifestyle but still living relatively close to the city. It has quite a few large sections similar to small farmlets.

Maungaraki

Maungaraki is the only Western Hill suburb to have its own shopping centre, school, community centre, doctor and chemist. It also has a restaurant, art gallery, car mechanic as well as a couple of dairy’s and takeaways. From Maungaraki the Hutt motorway can be easily accessed with the new Maungaraki over pass and when not peak-hour, central Wellington is only a 10-minute drive away. For those who prefer to use public transport, Maungaraki is served well by buses and these connect with trains to and from Wellington city as well as Central Hutt Valley. Even during peak times it is possible to travel from Wellington railway station to Maungaraki shopping centre within 30-40 minutes.

Moera

Moera, one of Lower Hutt’s older suburbs, is bounded by the Hutt River to the west and the industrial area of Gracefield to the east. Moera has a wide multicultural mix with many young families moving into the area. It is like Naenae and Taita in the sense that it has a mixture of private and State owned housing situated on comparatively small but well-cared for sections. Moera is well-serviced with a wide range of amenities including Randwick Primary School, Hutt Park, which incorporates a Golf Centre, a Hotel, a shopping centre, a Library and a Community Room. Public transport is readily available along Randwick Road and Moera is situated only five minutes by car from Petone and the beach to the south or Lower Hutt City to the north.

Naenae

After WWII the war, the demand for rental housing increased as servicemen returned and the government designated the area for state housing. Naenae grew rapidly between 1945 and 1956 and much of the state housing dates to this time. However, the suburb has been slowly transforming as private residents purchase and redevelop dwellings that were previously owned by the state so you will quite often find a mixture of lower and middle income earners in pockets all over Naenae. Naenae is situated only 5 minutes northwest of Lower Hutt’s CBD. The suburb operates an excellent bus transport system and connects with both Wellington and Upper Hutt bound trains. Naenae boasts a successful retail centre, schooling for all levels including four primary schools, an intermediate and a secondary school, and an indoor pool complete with waterslide and children’s aquatic centre.

Normandale

A Western Hills suburb, Normandale opened for settlement in 1901. The area developed rather haphazardly until incorporation with Lower Hutt in 1957. It was then that the provision and upgrading of services and roads allowed for further development of the area. Today, Normandale is best described as a bush clad hillside suburb with a mixture of old and new housing. It is located within a five minutes drive of Lower Hutt’s main shopping district via the Normandale Road bridge and has some stunning panoramic views over Wellington Harbour. Normandale is also the residence of one of our property managers who highly recommends this suburb to new families or professionals to the area.

Petone

From the beginning, Petone grew to become a major industrial centre. Today, Petone reflects its early history with many of the houses, mostly single storied bungalows or villas remaining. The majority of these houses are now renovated or being renovated, returning them to their former glory with the added advantages of today’s living standards. Petone is set alongside the beach and is flat and sunny with many community facilities including a kindergarten, three primary schools, Weltec, the Petone Settlers Museum, numerous sports clubs, and parks and recreational areas including McKenzie Pool and the Shandon Golf Club. Petone’s famous Jackson Street provides excellent shopping, entertainment, and a lively café scene serving everything from Thai and Malaysian to Italian and Mexican. A diverse range of architectural styles can also be found here including an old jailhouse. In the hot summer months a popular attraction is the spring water fountain as you will find a lot of people filling up their water bottles whilst going for a run.

Stokes Valley

Stokes Valley boasts three primary schools, three kindergartens, and active tennis, bowling, rugby, soccer and cricket clubs. Additionally, the suburb has its own indoor swimming pool along with a growing shopping centre, making Stokes Valley a very complete suburb with a strong sense of community. Stokes Valley is also home to Bodhinyanarama, the only Buddhist monastery in the Wellington region. Houses in Stokes Valley vary from a basic suburban home, to lifestyle properties on large private sections. In addition, there is a selection of homes on the hills at the entrance to Stokes Valley which provide extensive views of the Hutt Valley. Stokes Valley offers a regular public transport service to Lower Hutt, Upper Hutt and Wellington.

Taita

Prior to WWII, Taita was predominantly market gardens with a population of only 100. However, during and after the war state houses were developed in the area with the majority of homes in Taita built between 1945 and 1950. Much of this expansion can be directly contributed to the development of the rail service which was installed in 1947. Today, Taita is a good mixture of private and state housing and is well-serviced by both bus and rail links.

Tirohanga

Tirohanga is a popular Lower Hutt suburb because of its convenient location, just up from the Melling Bridge. Only minutes from Lower Hutt’s CBD, Tirohanga backs onto Belmont and is approximately 10 minutes from Wellington (outside of peak hour traffic). While this suburb is handy to the city and its amenities, its residents still enjoy a quiet and private lifestyle away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Many home owners in Tirohanga are particularly attracted to the bush setting and the fabulous valley and harbour views and it has some great walks nearby giving fantastic views of the Hutt Valley and even parts of Wellington harbour.

Wainuiomata

Wainuiomata is physically separate from central Lower Hutt by the Wainuiomata Hill. Wainuiomata has a strong sense of identity and community, with many sporting groups and community organisations. It also has a large shopping centre and is serviced by a public bus service. The suburb is largely dominated by state styled housing for families on lower incomes.

Waiwhetu

Waiwhetu is located on the eastern side of the Valley and has one state primary school as well as a prestigious Catholic primary school and is zoned for both Hutt Intermediate and Hutt Valley High School. The suburb is a good area but has a large industrial side to it. In saying that it is close to the eastern hills and you will generally find young families with kids who are near leaving primary school. Waiwhetu has a good selection of shops, a café, is well serviced by bus and train, and has two parks as well as excellent walking and picnicking areas along the Waiwhetu stream.

Waterloo

Until the 1920s, Waterloo was basically a rural area. It was at this time that Waterloo experienced rapid residential development predominantly due to the completion of the railway extension. Today, Waterloo consists of character homes through to architecturally designed homes and its location on the valley floor and closeness to Lower Hutt’s CBD makes it a popular family suburb. Waterloo boasts a kindergarten, primary school, a play centre and a shopping area. This suburb is well serviced by public transport with the Waterloo interchange right at its backdoor making it walking distance from shopping malls such as Westfield.

Woburn

Woburn, the dress circle of Lower Hutt, is located in the heart of the city. Woburn as a suburb is a fine example of the English garden suburb, designed in the late 1920’s. Woburn incorporates houses surrounded by gardens, trees planted in streets and grassy verges. Today the English garden atmosphere still prevails in Woburn, which has resisted, at least until recently, the temptation to further subdivide. Woburn is generally made up of large established homes with large sections, so generally the type of people that live here would be in the relatively well off bracket. St Bernards is a catholic school nearby and is one of the many good schools in the surrounding suburbs. Woburn is conveniently located, within walking distance to Lower Hutt’s main shopping district and has many recreational opportunities including the large Hutt Recreation Area, Strand Park, the Huia Pool and Lower Hutt War Memorial Library. Woburn is also well served by both bus and rail.

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Thanks to the following sources for this information. For more information on the Hutt Valley, please visit:

Zoodle
Hutt Valley NZ
Hutt City Council
Visit Hutt City

 

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