Why not try leaving your car at home more often? Lower Hutt offers great opportunities for walking and cycling and has a good public transport system.
Walk and cycle
Walking is good exercise and ideal for short trips. Lower Hutt offers lots of great walking tracks for leisure and to build up your fitness levels.
For shopping and other trips around town, give cycling a go. Try a comfortable upright, step-through frame bike (or consider an electric bicycle for the hills). Folding bikes can be taken on the train at any time, offering another great alternative for getting around.
Take public transport
Taking the bus, ferry or train frees up your brain and your hands on your commute to work. Find your fastest travel connection and plan your journey on the Metlink website.
If you only need to use a vehicle sometimes, try car sharing.
You can book a car by the minute, hour or day, with all costs included (fuel, insurance and parking). Once you've signed up with a provider, you can find, book, and unlock vehicles with your smartphone.
Car sharing is now also available in the Wellington region. Check out Mevo for more information.
Carpooling can make your journey sociable, reduce vehicle running and parking costs, and its a great way to meet people from your area.
Register today with Smart Travel to find a carpooling match from your neighbourhood.
Electric vehicles (EVs) create 80% less carbon emissions than conventional petrol vehicles. The cost of charging an EV can be as low as paying 30 cents per litre for petrol.
The increasing variety of EVs in the New Zealand market means there's one to suit your work and lifestyle. Find out more about electric vehicles on the EECA website.
Fuel saving tips
For tried and tested ways on saving fuel, check out EECA’s fuel efficient driving tips on the Energywise website.