While opportunities to capitalise on the growing tourism market of the Wellington region are abundant, few operators in Upper Hutt have committed to this market. Subsequently, potential revenue is collected elsewhere.

As the gateway to the region, Upper Hutt has a sound proposition to visitors wanting an authentic Kiwi experience. Our backyard is a bounty of clean, green paths to trek and cycle, a multitude of parks and reserves and an inviting, temperate climate. There’s no shortage of activities to keep our guests occupied, with attractions such as the H2O Xtream aquatic centre, Staglands Wildlife Reserve, and the Silver Stream Railway Museum proving particularly popular with families.

Visitors of a more relaxed persuasion enjoy wandering through the city centre, visiting boutique stores, observing the exquisite art on exhibition at Expressions Whirinaki, and sampling some of the terrific coffee that the Wellington region is so renowned for.

Many events held annually in Upper Hutt attract a significant number of visitors, plenty of whom express desire for a more extended stay. However, limited bedding is currently a barrier. This represents an excellent investment opportunity for an accommodation provider. Upper Hutt currently services its visitors with 20 accommodation providers, including four homesteads, seven motels, eight bed and breakfasts, and one holiday park.

Find out more about visitors to the Wellington region with the MBIE Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates (MRTEs). The MRTEs provide an estimate of regional monthly expenditure on tourism from both international and domestic consumers.


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Last updated on 10 Apr 2018