Leisure and Recreation
Our events and attractions
There is no shortage of things to do in Upper Hutt, with events, attractions, and activities taking place throughout the year. Our top-ranked i-SITE welcomes visitors to Upper Hutt and helps create special visitor experiences by directing tourists from home and abroad to the many attractions, tour operators, and activities in the area. Most events are listed on Event Finder, New Zealand’s premiere event website.
Tolkein fans can get a ‘fix’ at one of the multiple locations in Upper Hutt used in the filming of the Lord of the Rings while fans of the outdoors can enjoy walking or cycling one of Upper Hutt’s many scenic trails.
Upper Hutt is family friendly and most activities and attractions will suit every member of the family – from the very young to the very old.
Multiple events draw significant visitor numbers to Upper Hutt annually, such as the Karapoti Classic, a mountain bike race which sees in excess of 3,000 visitors, being competitors and spectators, and the Wellington Cup Racing Carnival which can attract 35,000 people to the week long event, for racing, fashion, and entertainment. Such events far exceed existing capacity for hospitality in Upper Hutt, so there is good opportunity for return on investment for those in the accommodation sector.
Clockwise, from top left: International Jousting Tournament – This biannual event draws over 30,000 people from all over the world to Harcourt Park. Carols in the Park – One of the many events held at Harcourt Park, utilising the natural ampi-theatre. Racing at Trentham – The Wellington Cup Carnival (January) draws over 30,000 people from New Zealand and overseas for a week of racing, fashion, and entertainment. Karapoti Classic – The longest running Mountain Bike race in New Zealand, the Karapoti Classic attracts competitors from around the world. Motor sports fans from all over the country converge regularly through the year for racing and motor sports events, including events like the AmeriCARna car show at Trentham. H2O Xtream – Upper Hutt’s aquatic centre featuring hydroslides, river-ride, wave machine, and lane pool.