Conference Venue
The venue for the conference will be the new Lower Hutt Events Centre, which is owned and supported by the Hutt City Council. It has a large conference room where we can all be seated at round tables, with floor to ceiling windows providing a stunning view out into the council gardens. Click on the picture at left for a graphic ‘fly-through’ of the centre.
The Lower Hutt Events Centre is situated in the heart of Lower Hutt, opposite the Dowse art and craft museum. It is within walking distance of the shopping centre, the library, gardens, swimming pool, gyms, churches, bars, cafes and restaurants. For those who want to go further afield, there are walking and bike tracks along the river and up into the hills, and Petone beach waits to be explored.


Six Top Walks in the Hutt Valley:
  • Te Whiti Riser - A family friendly walk with fantastic views over Wellington Harbour and the Hutt Valley. Find it a short bus/drive from Lower Hutt CBD.
  • Percy’s Scenic Reserve – on the western side of Lower Hutt, near Maungaraki, a flat area to explore or walk up to the waterfall.
  • Korokoro Dam, Belmont Regional Park – a moderate 3 hour walk near Petone.
  • Williams Park, Days Bay – on the way to Eastbourne, an easy half-hour bush walk.
  • Cannon Point walkway – an intermediate walk in Upper Hutt.
  • Kaitoke Regional Park – easy tracks and picnic areas, the site of Rivendell from the Lord of the Rings movies. A 20 minute drive to get there from Lower Hutt.
Hutt River Trail - Enjoy the Hutt river trail, which is part of the Remutaka Cycle Trail.  This is a flat walk – or bike ride - with over 28 km of trail from Petone to Upper Hutt. The trail has various entry points: the closest ones to the Lower Hutt Events Centre are from Ewen Bridge or the Melling Bridge.  Trails are on both sides of the river if you feel like doing a loop between the bridges. Check out a video here:
Wainuiomata Trail Project - If you have your mountain bike with you or can borrow/rent one, the Wainuiomata rail is a “must do”.  The trail boasts 20 km of bush-lined trail.  Access from the north end of Wai Street Wainuiomata.
Days Bay - A short 20 minute drive to the Eastern Bays, you will find Lower Hutt’s most popular white sand beach.  Walk the beach, enjoy the cafes or continue on to Eastbourne.
Petone Foreshore - Walk, beach and Petone Wharf
Ridderford Garden - 3.2 hectares in the heart of the city, right behind the Lower Hutt Events Centre.
Petone Lighthouse Cinema – an independent cinema showing quality films in a relaxed environment – double couches in the cinema, good food, wine, coffee in the foyer.
The Dowse - Explore the Dowse Art Museum, just across the road from the Lower Hutt Events Centre.  Enjoy the contemporary art museum with constantly changing exhibitions.  
Open daily 10am to 5pm 
45 Langs Road Lower Hutt
Hutt Art - Odlin Gallery - This cooperative art society has a gallery a few minutes’ walk from the Lower Hutt Events Centre.
Open daily 10am - 4pm
9 Myrtle Street Lower Hutt
For those with access to transport and some time before or after the conference, Eastbourne is a 20 minute drive away, past some stunning little bays. There are numerous cafes, beach and bush walks, and several art galleries.
Rona Gallery
Saturday 10-4pm Sunday Noon-4pm
151 Muritai Road Eastbourne
Van Helden Gallery
Open daily 10am to 5pm 
613 Marine Drive Days Bay Eastbourne
Queensgate. Lower Hutt - Need your shopping fix while in town? The centre has 140 stores all under one roof, a couple of minutes’ walk from the Lower Hutt Events Centre.
Open daily from 9am (Sunday 10am)
Located Cnr Queens Drive & Bunny Street Lower Hutt
Jackson Street, Petone – A short drive/bus ride/train ride away in Petone, Jackson Street is full of heritage buildings, specialist and boutique shops, and a wide variety of cafes and restaurant. A favourite weekend hang-out for Hutt locals.