At the top of the Upper Hutt floodplain, the river makes a sharp turn against the bedrock at the foot of the cliff at Maoribank to flow down the valley. Later in November, the 8.8 km Rimutaka Tunnel opened, bypassing the Remutaka Incline and most of the existing line between Upper Hutt and Featherston, and reducing the time between the two from 2.5 hours to just 40 minutes. Walking and mountain-biking is popular along Te Awa Kairangi / Hutt River and on the tracks in many parks, including Karapoti (focal point of the annual Karapoti Classic), Kaitoke, Cannons Point, Tunnel Gully and the Remutaka Rail Trail. Visit top-rated & … We have reviews of the best places to see in Upper Hutt. Predominantly flat, the Hutt River Trail offers very easy tracks and pathways suitable for biking, walking, and pushchairs. Express peak hour weekday trains reach Wellington in around 38 minutes. Serious urbanisation of the upper Hutt Valley only started around the 1920s but from the late 1940s onwards Upper Hutt's population exploded as people moved from the crowded hustle and bustle of inner city Wellington into a more secluded yet sprawling Hutt Valley. Hike or bike in the hills, fish in the river and stroll some of the 50 parks and reserves. Hike or bike in the hills, fish in the river and stroll some of the 50 parks and reserves. 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Later Māori settlers named it Te Wai o Orutu after Orutu, a Ngāti Mamoe ancestor. The local marae, Ōrongomai, is a mātāwaka marae and representative of the many tribal affiliations of all who live in this region. La población situada actualmente junto al río Hutt era conocida originalmente por los nativos maoríes Orongomai. Sawmillers milled larger trees, such as Totara, for building materials and burned off the remaining scrub and underbrush. There is now very little evidence of Māori settlement in Upper Hutt, either in terms of Māori land holding, wāhi tapu, sites with physical taonga or identifiable Māori settlements. Upper Hutt receives about 1400mm of rain per year. Upper Hutt is in an area originally known as Orongomai, and that of the river was Heretaunga (today the name of a suburb of Upper Hutt). Emergency services are working to rescue a man who became stuck in an Upper Hutt river after trying to retrieve his dog. Book your tickets online for the top things to do in Upper Hutt, New Zealand on Tripadvisor: See 246 traveller reviews and photos of Upper Hutt tourist attractions. Upper Hutt was represented by the Heretaunga electorate prior to the introduction of MMP in 1996, when the seat was merged with Eastern Hutt to form Remutaka. With central government reluctant to fund any road improvements in the area, the Upper Hutt City Council commissioned the construction of a two-laned high-speed bypass along the banks of Te Awa Kairangi / Hutt River from the Taitā Gorge in the south to Māoribank in the north. The Town Board was proclaimed on 24 April 1908. The city has one of New Zealand's largest Inline speed skating clubs, Valley Inline which has many successful skaters and holds the annual Speed King Tour that celebrated its 22nd year in 2012. . It promptly ran at full capacity and, after several serious accidents that were a legacy of its origins, it was enlarged and re-engineered to cope with the growing traffic volume.  This resulted in a washout of the Hutt River Trail, which also acts as a truck bypass route for State Highway 2 (SH2) opposite Gibbons Street. Orongomai Marae is to the south of the modern city centre. Bus services, operated by Tranzit Group under the brand TranzUrban, are centred around the Upper Hutt railway station and operate from Monday to Saturday on most routes. Upper Hutt is in an area originally known as Orongomai, and that of the river was Heretaunga (today the name of a suburb of Upper Hutt). The geological fault that the river previously followed continues as a steep bluff at the edge of the Wellington Harbour. List off some of Upper Hutt’s suburbs - Pinehaven, Silverstream, Emerald Hill, Riverstone Terraces - and you’ll see some motifs emerging. The headwaters in the Kaitoke Regional Park are closed to preserve the quality of the drinking water drawn off at Kaitoke to supply the greater Wellington area. A development called The Lanes was proposed but rejected by the Lanes Commissioners appointed by the Council. Upper Hutt is home to the biggest junior football club in New Zealand. Service which reach Waterloo in Lower Hutt in around 20 minutes and Wellington in around 45 minutes. The river can be walked or cycled from Upper Hutt to Petone along tracks on either side, though the eastern bank is more accessible. Services run every 20 minutes between 6 am and 4:30 pm weekday and half hourly Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. The Upper Hutt floodplain contains the greater portion of Upper Hutt city. In conjunction with the tunnel, the laying of a new route, new bridges and substantial realignment and double-tracking of the rest of the line from Wellington to Trentham had occurred by 26 June 1955. While named “Hutt River” after a director of the New Zealand Company, which was responsible for the organised settlement of Lower Hutt and Wellington, the river was of course not nameless when Europeans arrived.