Parks and Places
Activation are once again partnering with The Gas Hub to deliver the very popular Parks and Places programme. Parks and Places powered by The Gas Hub showcases active recreation providers and events to the Upper Hutt community over the summer months. From January through to March, Activation has collated a calendar of daily recreation activities that cater for all sectors of the community. These activities include: hapkido, target shooting, nordic walking, lawn bowls, cycling, roller skating, bowls, walking, soccer and more.
Other key events are also being held in the Upper Hutt area during summer—including Youth in Parks, Paws in the Park, Kev the Kiwi walks, Top School, Family Water Day and Bike the Trail.
Parks and Places Events
Feel free to download a copy of our calendar – January Calendar
Kev the Kiwi Walk
Join Greater Wellington Regional Council, Hutt City Council, Upper Hutt City Council and Kev the Kiwi in guided walks through scenic and historical tracks. Suitable for families with young children on buggy friendly tracks – these walks are a must to get out and about this summer.
Thursday 10 January- Kev the Kiwi Goes for a Buggy Walk 10.30am-12.00pm Wainuiomata Recreation area, off Whitcher Grove
Thursday 17 January- Kev the Kiwi goes to Rivendell 10.30am-12.00pm Kaitoke Regional Park, Waterworks Road entrance
Thursday 24 January- Kev the Kiwi Goes to the Seaside 10.30am-12.00pm McEwen Park, Petone
HUHA Paws in the Park
Bring a picnic lunch and plastic bags for your dog’s poop. Come for a walk with your dog and explore the beautiful reserves around the Wellington region. Meet at 10am, walk is followed by fun games with your dog.
Sunday 13 January- Otaihanga Domain, Kapiti Coast
Sunday 27 January- Kaitoke Regional Park, Upper Hutt
Sunday 10 February- Sladden Park, Lower Hutt
Sunday 24 February- Tawatawa Reserve, Wellington
Mitre 10 Mega Buggy Walks
Join the Mitre 10 MEGA Buggy Walk team for a walk from the lovely Harcourt Park area along the Hutt River Trail to Totara Park and looping back on the other side of the river. Relax and unwind at the finish with a scrummy L’affare coffee and delicious Southern Cross Garden Bar muesli slice.
Thursday 7th February, meet by the playgrounds at Harcourt Park from 10am
Enjoy the fresh air with your baby, friends and family and join us for a walk around Queen Elizabeth Park. Bring togs and a swim nappy for your little one to have a play in the paddling pool provided by the Kāpiti Coast Aquatics team.
Thursday 7 March, meet at the Ramaroa Building at Queen Elizabeth Park from 10am
Follow Wellington Buggy Walks on Facebook for more information.
Bike the Trail
Lock in Sunday March 3rd 2019 for the 10th annual Bike the Trail. Enjoy an awesome day out cycling along one of the country’s best trails – the Hutt River Trail!
There are two starting options either Harcourt Park or Stokes Valley. Bus and bike transport back to your start point is provided. For more info or to register your family check out the website www.bikethetrail.co.nz – from mid-January
Family Water Day
Bring the kids along to the Harcourt Park paddling pool for some fun around the water on Waitangi Day (Wednesday 6 February) from 11am-1pm. The Activation team will be there with their famous slip and slides and giant water slide down the Sound Shell bank. Pack the togs, sunblock and a picnic and we will see you there.
Youth in Parks Soap Mat Hockey- Wednesday 16 January
Love Hockey? Love waterslides? Well this Youth in Parks activity could be for you! Based on the Youtube sensation ‘Soap Mat Hockey’, Activation bring you a game where hockey is played on a soapy slippery mat! Fancy a game? Grab your mates and head down to Pinehaven Reserve from 11am to 1pm and we will see you there!! The team will be on hand to provide you with a BBQ after you have played.
Youth in Parks Water Slides and Water Fight- Tuesday 23 January
Want something fun to do outside to keep you cool these holidays? Head down to Moonshine Park between 11am and 1pm and try out Activation’s massive waterslide down the stop bank. Bring your water gun and join in on the water fight as well. The team will be on hand cranking some good tunes and will even fire up the BBQ for you!
The Activation team have joined with Mitre 10 Mega to stock up on cardboard and craft supplies for your youngsta to imagine, plan and create a crazy cardboard creation! We have spot prizes to reward their perseverance and design and lots of staff on site to help with the tricky bits!
Join us at the Upper Hutt School Hall, Friday 11 January from 11am to 1pm.
Pedal and Picnic
Pump up your bike tyres, pack a picnic and pedal on down to Harcourt Park to join the Activation team for a fun evening of cycling skills, a Family Bike Adventure and an Under 5’s code cracker! We will be joined by food and coffee vendors, cyclocross activities, Upper Hutt Library Bus and The Cycle Centre.
Thursday 31st January, 5 to 8pm, Harcourt Park
Picnic and Play
The Activation team invite you and your family to join us for a community picnic; we’ll provide fun games and activities like the Play Pod, Frisbees and cardboard for hill sliding, we’ll also have food vendor’s onsite for an after work treat!
Thursday 21st February, Pinehaven Reserve, 5 to 8pm
Thursday 28 March, Awakairangi Park (Totara Park) 5 to 8pm
Top School is our annual interschool tabloid sport battle! Bring the whole family and come along to support your school. There are activities for all ages away from the competition including cardboard slides on the grass bank and Hungerball inside a large inflatable. We’ll also have food trucks, coffee cart and BBQ. In the Top School Competition we set up a variety of challenges for local primary schools to compete in to determine the top school in Upper Hutt! The theme for 2019 is ‘Animal Movies’. Don’t miss the Event of the Year!!! Come along to Harcourt Park on Wednesday March 13th from 5pm.
Social Bike Rides
Join us for a free social ride on Thursdays, starting 10am. Explore a variety of routes around the Hutt Valley and beyond. Contact Jean 0276975909 for more information
The Upper Hutt Community Nordic Walking Group meets Mondays at 12:30 at the Upper Hutt Rugby Clubrooms for anyone interested in having a go at this surprisingly invigorating activity. Be prepared to work 90% of your major muscles, increase your stability and blood oxygen levels. Poles provided For more in-depth information, click here: http://www.nordicwalking.net.nz/ or contact Steph.firstname.lastname@example.org
Lively Social Walking group
Come along for a lovely social walk, enjoy some fresh air and the health benefits of going for a walk!
Mondays at 10am, meet on Fergusson Drive by Trentham Memorial Park. For more information please contact email@example.com
Stroll n Roll and Play Pod
Come along with your under 5s and join a social stroll through some of Upper Hutt’s fantastic walking tracks. Every Friday at 9:30am, meet by the playground at Trentham Memorial Park. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Plus on Friday 18th and Friday 25th January we will have the awesome Activation Play Pod joining us so kids can create, design, build and play till their hearts content!
Silverstream Bowling Club
Silverstream Bowling Club are a progressive lawn bowls and petanque club set in quiet, picturesque surroundings in Silverstream, Upper Hutt.
If you are interested in having a go at lawn bowls, please pop along on Wednesday 23 January for a free Have a Go session from 6pm to 7:30pm. No experience necessary and equipment is provided. The friendly members of the club will be on hand to show you the ropes.
The Mates In Bowls tournament has been a popular event for many years and is held on Wednesday evenings from 5:45pm to 7.00pm, from 30 January to 6 March. This is a fun event for non-bowlers and bowlers with limited experience and just $5.
For more information please contact Robyn- email@example.com or 528 7635
Orienteering Hutt Valley
Fancy yourself a bit of a guru when it comes to bush walks and navigation? Or just enjoy being out in nature? Come and try orienteering! Orienteering is a sport that you can do all of your life and it takes you places you would otherwise never go to. Walk or run – over to you. Two courses – a shorter easy course and a longer slightly harder course for those that want more of a run.
Entry fee is just $5 on the night which covers your timing chip.
20 Feb 2019, Maidstone Park, Starts any time between 6pm and 7pm.
Inline Hockey for kids
The Rimutaka “renegades” Inline Hockey Club warmly invite you to bring your school aged child along to have-a-go at inline hockey! Just $10 per session, all they need is socks- all other equipment is provided!
Have –a-go: January 18, 25 and February 1st, 3pm to 5pm
Regular Friday night sessions 8 February onwards, 6pm to 8pm
For more information or to register your interest please contact Sandy-on 027 663 4344 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The team at Youthtown would love to see youth pop down and have a go at their two fun, free sessions! This is an awesome chance to try something a little different! Parents consent and emergency contact details needed. Bring closed shoes, hat and water bottle!
23rd January- Slacklining, Maidstone Max, 2pm
24th January- Archery, Maidstone Intermediate, 2pm
Disk Golf Have a go
The team from Wellington Disc Golf invite you to come along to Harcourt Park to have a go on their amazing disc golf course. This is your chance to learn more about this sport with players on hand to show you technique, rules and give advice. Discs provided for you to have a go with.
12th January, 1pm – 3pm at Harcourt Park
Egg-cellent Old School Games
Visit the Library this summer for science, silly games, summer reading… and active activities!
Check out our Egg-cellent Games for a bunch of old school games – fun for the young and young at heart!
Thursday 24 January, 10:30am, at the Pinehaven Library, 56 Pinehaven Road
Indoor Soccer Have a go
Are your primary and intermediate aged kids interested in taking up indoor soccer in term 2 & 3? Come along to one of the Indoor Sports Centres free sessions to give kids a taste of what indoor soccer’s like, learn the rules and meet other kids.
March 15th and 22nd, 3:30-4:30pm at the Indoor Sports Centre, Montgomery Cres
Try Target Shooting
This is a great opportunity to have a go at target shooting on the range with the professionals there to guide and coach you. You will get to have 10 shots in total. If you think you may be a potential marksman register your interest at email@example.com
23 February and 9 March, $20
Trentham United Harriers and Walkers
Our Club is built around friendly local people who just enjoy running and walking at all ages and ability levels. Our goal is to encourage people of all ages to get fit in an easy and fun way, and those that are fit to get faster!
Come along to our free Trentham Group Runs, meet at the Trentham United Harriers & Walkers Clubrooms, Trentham Memorial Park, 6pm
10th and 24th January
7th and 21st February
7th, 21st and 28th March
Please bring appropriate running gear and shoes and water bottle. For more information www.trenthamunited.com
The Exercise Studio
‘The Exercise Studio’ has a new boutique studio based at Queen Street Medical. Come along and try out one of their have a-go-classes!
General circuit classes are run at lunchtime on weekdays and suitable to all fitness levels.
Active Aging classes are for anyone who is a senior or close to it- and are available for members and non-members. Active Aging focuses primarily on strength and balance, working with Sport Wellington in the falls prevention campaign.
45 minute Have-a-go sessions:
Saturday 2nd and 9th of February, free at The Exercise Studio, 35 Queen Street
General circuit 9am
Active Aging 10:30am
For more info or to join the exercise community contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Upper Hutt Petanque Club
Petanque (sometimes called Boules) is a low tech, inexpensive and easily accessible sport, it requires no fancy equipment, clothing or sports grounds, just a patch of dirt or gravel and a set of boules which will likely last a lifetime. It provides social stimulation, friendly fun, exhilarating challenge and intense competition depending on the level you want to play at.
Upper Hutt Petanque Club always welcomes people at any time of the year who wish to try their hand at Petanque . In addition to the usual Tuesday (10:30am) and Friday (1:30pm) Club days they will also run a free twilight session on Wednesday evenings from 6:30pm from 9 January to 27 March.
See you at the Upper Hutt piste, Maidstone Park.
Aikido is a modern martial art that teaches self-defence techniques that do not rely on strength or speed. It is a non-aggressive style that is suited for people of all ages and genders. As well as learning practical self-defence, Aikido is a great way to improve your fitness, flexibility, confidence, concentration and has application to many aspects of daily life.
Rimutaka Aikido invites you along for a free 6 week trial.
Tuesday evenings from 22 January to 26th February from 6:30pm to 7:30pm at the Rimutaka Aikido Dojo, Maidstone Park, Upper Hutt.
For more information or to register your interest please contact Miranda- email@example.com
Upper Hutt City Football
4-17 year old boys and girls are invited to come along and have a go at bubble soccer, play 3v3 football, and test your skills at Upper Hutt City Football’s Fun Day! There’ll be challenges on the turf and the all-time favourite “water dunker”. Meet the team at the club and find out more information about the playing season from April to August.
Sunday 17 February, 11am to 3pm at Maidstone Park Artificial Turf
To find out more visit www.upperhuttcityfootball.org.nz
Arts a Go Go! Performing Arts School for Kids
Arts a Go Go! offers exciting classes in dance, drama and singing for babies to teens. Children develop confidence, communication skills, co-ordination, friendship, positivity and more….all the while having their individual talents nurtured. Arts a Go Go! is packed with performing arts fun!
Bring your school aged child along for a free beginner’s Irish Dancing class on Tuesday 5th February at 4:30pm, they will be given a participation certificate along with a discount off term 1 fees!
Please wear shorts or leggings and socks.
Upper Hutt Hapkido Academy and Order of the Boar
People have many reasons for their interest in the martial arts. Some are drawn to the physical fitness and weight-loss aspects of training. Others seek to add discipline and self-control to their lives. Others are concerned about personal safety and self-defence. While others like the camaradie of the classes and meeting with likeminded people.
Whatever your reason for wanting to learn martial arts, the Upper Hutt Hapkido Academy offers a number of programs that will fit you and/or your family’s needs and your busy schedule as well. All you need is comfortable sportswear. Ages 7 and up.
Learn Self Defence with Hapkido, Thursdays 6pm to 6:45pm
Introduction to Medieval Sword Fighting, Saturday 12 and 26 Jan, 2 and 16 Feb from 10am to 10:45am, $5 per class
More information can be found at www.hapkido.co.nz
Explore Kaitoke Treasure Hunt
Saturday 12 January 2019 11.00am-12.30pm, Kaitoke Regional Park, Waterworks Rd entrance
There’s treasure in the park – think you can find it? Follow the clues hidden in the forest and Rivendell… and don’t forget to bring your own pen to write down the answers! There’s a fantastic swimming hole and spectacular forest, so why not pack a picnic and togs and make a day of it?
What you need to know:
Allow time for parking and a short walk to the start from the Pakuratahi Forks/Rivendell carpark.
Getting there: https://goo.gl/maps/Kd2CfsC2BeG2
Saturday 19 January 2019 9.30am- 2.00pm, Akatarawa Forest, Totara Park entrance
$10 per person
Bookings essential. Good fitness required. Max 35 people.
Hidden deep within the Akatarawa Forest in the Hukinga Valley stands a native forest of Redwood trees. Journey by 4WD to the middle of this history-rich forest to embark on a fascinating guided walk. Be prepared to get your feet wet as there will be river crossings! After the walk, it’s back to the trucks and we’ll drive you back to the start, so bring dry socks to change into.
What to bring:
Tramping boots, spare pair of socks, lunch, water bottle
Getting there: https://goo.gl/maps/e89MBvQwp7U2
Tunnel Gully Mountain Bike Trail Open Day
Sunday 3 February 2019 10.00am-2.00pm, Tunnel Gully Recreation Area, Pakuratahi Forest
The NtrailZ crew have been busy building a variety of mountain bike tracks in the Pakuratahi and Kaitoke Forest, with trail options suitable for all abilities. Join them and explore a stunning new place to ride! You’re welcome to go it alone or a member of the club can show you and your friends the best type of track for your abilities. Aside from the riding, there will members on hand for bike checks and repairs, onsite BBQ, give-aways and spot prizes including mankies (maps on a hanky) and t-shirts!
Getting there: https://goo.gl/maps/MwkJVqm8EuA2
Hutt Gravel Grab
Saturday 9 February 2019 10.00am-2.00pm, Hutt River Trail, Moonshine Park
Give your garden or landscaping project that extra bit of pizazz with river stones from the Hutt River Trail! Bring a trailer and/or a shovel and meet us at Moonshine Park. Graders will be there to put rocks directly into your trailer for no cost. No trailer? No worries! We’ll show you an area where you can pick your own rocks to load into the boot. Excess stones bank up along the river, changing its natural flow and creating a flood risk… so it’s a win-win for all!
Getting there: https://goo.gl/maps/4Fs7U8gSy932
Past, Present, Future bus tour
Saturday 23 February 2019 10.00am to 2.00pm, Hutt River Trail, Kaitoke Regional Park
$18 per person Bookings essential. Maximum 35 people.
Tour by bus along the Hutt River Trail and learn about its history and importance to iwi. A range of speakers will tell you about flood protection, water management and more. We’ll stop at
Kaitoke Regional Park, where the Ranger will take us on a tour of the Swingbridge Track.
What you need to know: Meet at Upper Hutt Train Station at 9:45am
What to bring: Bring a packed lunch – weather permitting, we’ll have a picnic alongside the river.
Child versus Wild
Sunday 24 February 2019 9.30am-2.45pm, Kaitoke Regional Park, Waterworks Road entrance
$5 per child Bookings essential. Maximum 30 children. Suitable for 8-12 years.
Get the kids outdoors to learn some basic bush craft skills with our Park rangers and local experts. They’ll learn how to build a fire, read a map, build a bivvie in the bush and be river safe. All topped off with toasted marshmallows by the river!
Kaitoke Adventure Guided Walk
Saturday 9 March 2019 10.00am-1.30pm, Kaitoke Regional Park, Waterworks Road entrance
Bookings essential. Max 30 people. High fitness required.
Kaitoke Regional Park is a nationally recognised park and a jewel in the crown of our incredible Wellington parks. Follow the local Park Ranger on a guided walk, introducing you to some of the lesser known tracks. The first part involves walking up the access road for over an hour so you need to be fit! The reward – views out to the Hutt Valley and overlooking Kaitoke. Once we catch our breath, we’ll drop into native bush to follow Norbetts trail back down to the bottom. Lunch is in one of the picnic areas before we visit Rivendell, the film site from Lord of the Rings. The return trip will be via the Pakuratahi River walk.
What to bring: Suitable clothing, tramping boots, water and a picnic lunch