Ideal for work, ideal for families
Resene General Manager Nick Nightingale says the Hutt is “an ideal region for working and an ideal place for families”. Resene has had its head office, warehouse and water-based products plant located in Naenae since 1992.
We pride ourselves on being relaxed and welcoming. Lower Hutt was the site of the country's first organised European settlement and is now at the cutting edge of creative innovation.
The Hutt Valley is sheltered by the surrounding hills, so our weather is generally warmer and less windy than in Wellington City. We like living here because we have:
- Excellent schools and healthcare
- Great public transport and ease of getting around
- Affordable homes minutes from work
- Five regional parks close by for walking, tramping and biking
- Best beaches in the region
- Unique specialty shopping
- Travel times – we're just 15 minutes from downtown Wellington
We love the outdoors
If you’re into outdoor activities, you can head to the hills and enjoy our walking, tramping and mountain biking tracks, or relax at the beach or by the river.
We’ve got dozens of tracks and trails through fantastic native bush areas, along kilometres of coastline around Wellington Harbour, and along the Hutt River.
Explore what’s on offer outdoors at huttvalleynz.com
Events, culture and shopping
There’s always plenty to do in the Hutt – check out the latest events and activities.
There’s lots to keep the family busy, with more than 50 playgrounds, 25 parks, six swimming pools and eight libraries. We also have a great range of shopping options, from the boutique store village in Petone to the region’s premier shopping destination, Queensgate shopping centre.
If you’re looking for a little culture, visit our two museums, The Dowse Art Museum and the Petone Settlers Museum, and check out the galleries in Petone. The city’s cultural past is also celebrated at Maori Treasures, and new art forms are explored at The Learning Connexion.
It’s easy to get to and around the city, with an excellent bus and train network and loads of low-cost or free parking. You’re just 15 minutes' drive from Wellington City and 30 minutes from the international airport. Wide flat roads across the city make it easy to commute by bike. Your staff will enjoy living minutes from work with easy travel to and from their jobs.
A great place to bring up kids
We've got excellent schools, healthcare, clubs and social activities, with plenty of room for recreation and hobbies to suit all the family.
Early childhood and schools
Lower Hutt has over 40 early childhood learning centres and more than 50 primary schools and 10 secondary schools. Our schools include public, private, religious-based and schools for people with disabilities. Lower Hutt also has 10 secondary schools. Find out more 20 hours free child care for children aged 3-5 years
View comprehensive information about all schools in the Hutt on the Ministry of Education website.
Lower Hutt is home to the Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec), The Open Polytechnic and specialist providers like The Learning Connexion International School of Art and Creativity.
Other tertiary institutions are a few kilometres away in Wellington City, including:
You can choose from a wide range of housing options, from stunning coastal homes to comfortable hillside family homes or handy city apartments. Prices vary and there’s still plenty of affordable housing.
Buying a house
Lower Hutt has an excellent range of quality houses for sale. In general, these have larger sections and are better value for money than houses in the inner suburbs of Wellington.
Average house price as at August 2017
Lower Hutt: $515,961
New Zealand: $641,648
Wellington City: $724,965
These figures are sourced from qv.co.nz
Renting a house
We have a large range of rental accommodation. Prices vary by house size, suburb and access to services. Find out the going rent for suburbs in Lower Hutt on Tenancy Service's website.
Find a home to rent or buy in Lower Hutt
These sites are good places to start your search: