Petone Travel Guide

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Petone Things to Do

  • Artesian Water from the Spring of Life

    Of course, this artestian water well and the artwork next to it are striking features you cannot miss at the corner of Jackson and Buick Streets. But I was surprised at the permanent flow of people arriving and filling up bottles and containers with this water. It nearly was as if nobody in Petone had tap water supply in their houses LOL A great...

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  • Historic Police Station and Jail

    This building in Jackson Street (number 274a) really is a success story. I had spotted it from the bus and immediately hopped off at the next stop. (You see, I was well prepared ;-)Until that stop BTW I had also spotted the interesting artesian water well ;-)The Police Station was used as such from 1908 to 1952. Within the Jackson Street Community...

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  • Multicultural St. David’s Presbyterian...

    The distinctive feature of this church is that it is a multicultural parish, serving the many people from the South Pacific islands living in Petone. So the church is a perfect reflection of the make-up of the local community.While I was admiring the white wooden church with its many pinkish-brown ornate decorative elements and the pastor’s house...

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  • St. Augustine’s Anglican Church

    Unfortunately it was not possible to get inside this beautiful wooden church outside the service hours. An old English lady told me that this was due to thefts. But at least I had a nice chat with the lady about football (“I hope you do not have to stand in the stadium”, she said LOL), Christchurch, God and the world. Saint Augustine's Church...

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  • Get into the Art along the Shore

    Wellington already is New Zealand’s art capital but it does not stop there. The delightful designs can also be found in Petone, especially along the Esplanade. They dot the otherwise grey foreshore and walkway with striking but never obstrusive dots of colour and shapes. They really have a golden hand with art in this region whereas in Christchurch...

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  • Enjoy the Views of Matiu/Somes Island

    As I had thoroughly enjoyed my visit of Matiu/Somes Island on a previous visit, I found the great views of this predator-free island from the Esplanade most appealing. It is so close that you can recognise and see most of the structures on the island, as the former quarantine accommodation blocks, the wharf, more or less every single tree. Plus, in...

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  • Stroll along The Esplanade

    The Esplanade along the most times wind-swept harbour is a great walkway although the road to Eastbourne runs along the northern (town) side of it. The traffic is not heavy, as it just leads to the small towns on the east side of Wellington Harbour and ends shortly after Eastbourne. The main highway – SH 2 – turns north before the Esplanade.There...

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  • The Wellington Provincial Memorial

    Whichever street you walk down to The Esplanade from Jackson Street, Queen, Buick or Beach Street, you will always spot the Petone Settlers Museum and Provincial Memorial at a single glance. The landmark building is so striking that you just cannot miss it.The architecture of the white building is great. If you approach it from either side it looks...

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  • The Petone Settlers Museum

    The museum - Te Whare Whakaaro o Pito-one in the Maori language – within the Wellington Provincial Memorial is just one small room, making you feel a bit like in a private home. This is the problem of the museum. Being far too small a lot of the collection is stored elsewhere, especially at the Petone Service Centre. A working group also thinks...

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  • Jackson Street – a long Stretch of...

    This is Petone’s main street – 2.3 kilometres long - and very picturesque in parts. It runs more or less parallel to the Esplanade, at a distance of about 300 to 400 metres from the shore.On my photo you see about the lovliest cottage of the whole street. While I was standing there, taking photos and simply admiring it, a local lady arrived and...

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  • Te Puna Wai Ora - Spring Of Life

    This sculpture has water flowing constantly - from the large aquifer underground - and people come from miles around to fill their drinking bottles. My cousin told me that perhaps the water was not as pure as people were hoping because of all the factories close by. For instance, did you know how many chemicals are used to make toothpaste?Anyway, a...

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  • Settlers Museum

    I've never been here before. Which is odd when you consider how long I lived in this city.But I had noticed an interesting photographic exhibtion advertised - the best pics from the local paper the Dominion-Post - so talked my cousin into going.And really - it was totally fascinating and very well presented and my cousin could fill me in on local...

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Petone Restaurants

  • A Taste of France

    This small delightful restaurant provides a really nice Taste of France, in the form of crepes. The chef/waiter/manager is a nice young French man, his mere accent adds to the experience. The walls are tastefully decorated with French memorabilia, making this a perfect place to eat. Savoury crepes

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  • Unpretentious Chinese Fare

    Mr Ji's is a fairly unpretentious restaurant in Petone offering hearty Chinese fare at reasonable prices.Plenty of volume, and all in all not a bad place to have a meal. BYO. Busy even on a Monday night.

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  • Hearty Food in Good Sized Portions

    This chain specialises in steaks, chicken dishes, ribs and fish dishes, all served in very generous portions. Service is good and the food tastes pretty good as well.The Lone Star restaurant has been operating in NZ for some years now, and has hit on a very good formula, this place being very popular and very busy when we visited.

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Petone Transportation

  • Wellington Harbour Ferry - only for a...

    The Wellington Harbour Ferry, leaving at Queen’s Wharf and Days Bay respectively, goes to Petone on weekends only, and not very frequently. So it is rather useless as a serious means of transportation. You better get on the bus or train (see extra tips).The only ferry that leaves Queen’s Wharf headed for Petone (via Matiu/Somes Island) leaves at...

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  • The Train = the fastest Way, but not...

    It surely is the fastest way to get from Wellington to Petone if you take the train. The trip takes only 12 minutes. The disadvantage is that you have to get to the Railway Station first, and if you do not stay nearby you might lose the advantage.The first outbound train leaves at 5.25am during the week and at 7.05am on weekends (the next one at...

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  • The Bus = frequent and convenient

    The usual way to get to Petone from Wellington is by bus. There are plenty of routes, you can take any of the buses that service the Hutt Valley. The most striking ones you cannot miss are the Airport and the Valley Flyer. Other useful routes are the ones that go to the other side of the harbour, so the Eastbourne buses # 81, 83 and 85, as well as...

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Petone Favorites

  • Tourist Information and Accommodation

    /Visitor InformationThere is no official Visitor Information Centre (i-site) in Petone, as Petone is part of Hutt City. But you might stumble over some information brochures and maps (not a lot!) in the Settlers Museum, or grab them in Wellington. The i-site is in Lower Hutt.Address and Contact Details:“The Pavillion”25 Laings RoadLower HuttPhone...

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  • The delightful Cottages of Beach Street

    An incredible lot of historic cottages have been preserved in Petone, and Beach Street is one of the best examples. It runs TO the beach from the town centre (Jackson Street), not parallel. In fact nearly all houses looked like freshly painted, the gardens were meticulously looked after, and a lot of details like beautiful house number designs...

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  • The Beauty of the Backstreets

    I very much enjoyed my walk through the backstreets north of Jackson Street. They were lined with historic and nicely renovated wooden cottages, and next to no traffic during the day, children playing in the streets. There are also some parks like North Park and the Petone Recreation Ground. Further east you would come to several parks and the golf...

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