Active Communities is about creating opportunities for everyone in the community to be more physically active, whether it be through developing programmes, ‘have a go’ opportunities or the distribution of information about opportunities that already exist. Being active can sometimes be a struggle, Active Communities is about making physical activity easy and accessible by highlighting ways to be active throughout everyday life. Whether it is walking the children to school, going for a swim or a walk at lunch time, joining one of the many sports clubs in Upper Hutt or getting to grips with yoga or dance classes, the opportunities to be active in such a beautiful area are endless.
Active Communities assists the community to increase physical activity by:
- providing advice and monitoring information
- promoting accessible physical activity opportunities
- delivering key physical activity messages to promote healthy lifestyles
- assisting with community events and activities
52 Family Friendly Activities Booklet [PDF; 290kb] This booklet provides a list of fun activities for the whole family, one for every week of the year. There are heaps of practical ideas that you can do with your kids for little or no cost, and best of all, it’s helping to make your family healthy and spend positive time together. Ditch the TV, turn off the mobile and get the whole family to focus on a joint activity, just one night a week.
60 Activities for over 60s [PDF; 849kb] This booklet offers seniors (or “soon to be seniors”) a handy list of local activities to get involved in. Whether it be creative endeavours, a new hobby, recreation or re-connecting with previous interests, this booklet is sure to offer something for everyone. Staying active and involved in activities that interest you is an important way to stay healthy and keep a positive outlook on life. Many activities have a direct impact on your health, such as Tai Chi, which is proven to improve balance and reduce your chance of falls. Most of the activities listed in this booklet involve participation with others (such as being part of a group) and are a great way to make new friends and meet people with common interests.
Upper Hutt Walkways [PDF; 2.2mb] This brochure outlines various walking experiences in and around Upper Hutt. The boundaries of Upper Hutt extend from the Silverstream Bridge in the south to the summit of the Rimutaka Range in the north and totals 48,428 hectares in area. Upper Hutt contains many attractive parks and gardens, majestic trees, picnic areas and playing fields with over 80 parks and reserves throughout the City. Information on these areas can be obtained from the Upper Hutt i-SITE Visitor Centre, located within Expressions Arts and Entertainment Centre. Another feature and attraction of Upper Hutt are the rivers which flow through its boundaries which are ideal for swimming and canoeing in the summer months. The walkways in the brochure are classified according to the following scale Path (Easy), Walking Track (Some fitness required) and Tramping Track (tramping experience needed).
Cycling tracks From Kaitoke to Silverstream, there are amazing cycling routes throughout Upper Hutt just waiting to be explored. We’ve picked out the best routes Upper Hutt has to offer and included them in a trails booklet you can pick up from iSites and libraries in the Wellington region. They’re categorized according to mode of cycling and the degree of difficulty, so you should be able to easily identify the right route for you.