Lower Hutt Tops List Of Airbnb’s Most-searched Destination For Kiwis!

Published: Tue 19 Dec 2023 04:20 PM
Te Awa Kairangi ki Tai Lower Hutt is an amazing place to live, but it’s also a wonderful place to visit, having just hit the top spot of Airbnb’s travel searches, and we’re thrilled at the news.
Our city tops the list for the most-searched destinations for Kiwis planning to travel next year.
"Here in Lower Hutt we know just how great our city is and it’s exciting that Kiwis are thinking about coming to see what we have on offer," enthused Mayor Campbell Barry at the news.
"We have beaches on our doorstep, one of the best mountain bike parks, tracks and reserves to explore, with lots of cafes and restaurants and major events like Juicy Fest in town."
Campbell’s right! Lower Hutt is brimming with must-visit locations:Lush natural beauty with waterfall walks to Korokoro Dam or Percy Scenic Reserve, and Butterfly Creek in East Harbour Regional ParkRiding the Remutaka Cycle Trail Great Ride up the Hutt River and over to the WairarapaWainuiomata’s mountain bike park, with 55 trails covering 55km in Waiu Park and growingAotearoa New Zealand’s first permanent lighthouse at Pencarrow HeadHiking for all ages and skill-levels - especially where wild Kiwi roam in the Ōrongorongo Valley60 eateries in 800m along Jackson Street’s shopping precinct, plus central Lower Hutt’s shopping centreSwimming spots galore (and rolling out the picnic rug at Days Bay)Two outstanding cinemas - including an IMAXOutdoor play areas (Avalon Park will tire out those tamariki!)Contemporary art at the Internationally recognised Dowse Art Museum - home of the pātaka, Nuku TewhatewhaIconic locations of Arohanui ki te Tāngata (Waiwhetū) Marae, Hikoikoi Reserve and Honiana Te Puni ReserveThe tranquil Bodhinyanarama Buddhist temple
We’re central so you can stay here and easily get to events in Wellington, Wairarapa, Porirua and the Kapiti Coast.
Aotearoa is a stunning country, so we’re very proud to see us coming out on top. In fact, our city is only one of three Te Ika-a-Māui / North Island locales that made the official Airbnb list:
1. Te Awa Kairangi ki Tai Lower Hutt, Wellington
2. Aoraki Mount Cook, Canterbury
3. Pārāwai Thames, Waikato
4. Ōhaupō, Waikato
5. Te Konika o te Matamata Mosgiel, Otago
6. Ōmarama, Canterbury
7. Karitane, Otago
8. Wānaka, Otago
9. Twizel, Canterbury
10. Lake Tekapo, Canterbury
This is a huge win for the people who make our city what it is - thank you for everything, here’s to next year!
For details on places to see and things to do in Te Awa Kairangi ki Tai Lower Hutt, head over to

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