Staglands Wildlife Park is located about 17km out of town on the Akatarawa road that links Upper Hutt with Waikanae.
It is one of the best wildlife parks in NZ in my view. Lovely setting, and there is a strong conservation element to it as well.
It's a great place to have a picnic, relax, look at and feed the animals and birds. Many of the birds are unique to New Zealand.
There is also a cafe on site, so you can have some coffee or a meal after you've walked around the park.
Entry $20 for adults and $8 for children 4 and up.
It was originally opened 40 years ago, and has been built up over time, with continued improvements.
This is a great little place with Steam Train rides, and I am surprised it took me so long to actually come and have a visit.
It operates on Sundays between 11am and 4pm as it is run solely by volunteers. It's a great opportunity to take a ride on a steam train and get a feel for how train travel was in times gone by.
Adults $12 for unlimited steam train rides during the day. I really recommend visiting if you are in the area on a Sunday.
This is quite a sprawling park in the north of Upper Hutt, with plenty of space, and great for kids, with two playground areas, a flying fox, and a wading pool for the kids in summer.
Often too various events are held here, and there is a holiday park next door.
I very seldom go to the races as it's not really my thing, but if you are in the Wellington area and are into your horse racing, then by all means check to see if there are races on.
Wellington Cup day is of course the big one, but any of the other race days seem to also draw the crowds.
This cottage was built by the Golder family, one of the first settlers in the area. The family occupied the place up until 1985, and the property was purchased by the Upper Hutt city council in 1987 and restored. It's interesting to wander about the cottage and see how people lived back in the day. It's only open on Saturday afternoons and admission is $3, or $2 for students.
Expressions is a place to go along and have a look at an exhibition, take in a concert or play, and have a cup of coffee at cafe Cibo. Check out their website to see what's on.
You can go blueberry picking here, or if you have no interest in doing that, you can buy blueberries, or eat blueberry icecream.
Not a bad place to stop if you are an icecream fan.
Upper Hutt has a lot of nice parks to relax in. It's great to pack a lunch and go and chill out somewhere.