Upper Hutt is on the Hutt Valley Railway Lines, with half-hourly daytime electric services which reach Lower Hutt in around 20 minutes and Wellington in around 45 minutes. Many commuters, however, still use their cars. The railroad continues beyond Upper Hutt to Masterton, becoming the Wairarapa Line. Masterton and the wine growing region of the Wairarapa is about an hour away by morning and afternoon diesel trains. A notable feature of this section of railway is the Rimutaka Tunnel, the second-longest railway tunnel in New Zealand, which replaced the Rimutaka Incline. Wellington Airport is both a domestic air travel hub, and an international airport with regular frequent flights to all parts of new Zealand and the world.
On the banks of the Manawatu River, at the foot of the impressive Tararua Mountain Range, Palmerston North is a growing city. The city has been able to maintain a complementary relationship between the modern conveniences and technology of big city life, and the quality and ease of small town lifestyle, offering visitors and residents alike 'the best of both worlds'. The streets are wide and there is plentiful parking. Palmerston North is a vibrant youthful city with an active student population, nearby Linton Military Camp, and several knowledge organisations. With Massey University and the New Zealand Dairy Research Institute, it bears the distinction of being New Zealand's `Knowledge City', all adding to a cosmopolitan atmosphere.
The Manawatu area presents endless opportunities to experience the great outdoors, from native bush walks, half day treks through the spectacular Manawatu Gorge, to tramping in the majestic Ruahine, or Tararua Ranges. Museums, gardens and arts & crafts abound, with many cottage industries to be discovered in the beautiful Pohangina Valley. Shopping to rival that found anywhere in New Zealand awaits the serious 'retail therapist', whilst connoisseurs of fine food, a good espresso or a great nightlife will find themselves spoilt for choice from the tasty smorgasbord of restaurants, cafes and bars. One professional and two amateur live theatre companies, New Zealand's most successful multiplex cinema, and the recent refurbishment of the magnificent 'Regent on Broadway' makes Palmerston North a popular destination for enthusiasts of the screen and stage.
Palmerston North is served by an international and domestic airport only a short distance from the city. By road, Palmerston North is seven hours drive from Auckland and two hours from the capital, Wellington. The city's central location also places it within easy two hour drives of the North Islands Central Plateau skifields, the beaches and wineries of the Hawke's Bay, Mount Taranaki and historic Maori sites of the Taranaki region, and the rural splendour of the Wairarapa.
The Kapiti Coast is proudly home to 40kms of winding beaches, warm weather and friendly locals, located an hour north of New Zealand's capital city, Wellington. Some describe Kapiti as having a quaint village atmosphere, looking out to Kapiti Island and set amongst a rolling coastal landscape. Kapiti has had a diverse history, being home to US Marines in WWII, and the first Chinese settlers in the 1800’s. It is now home now to a mix of people, including locals and those who commute to Wellington to work each day. There are many artists attracted by the relaxed lifestyle, stunning coastal landscapes and amazing wildlife.
Summer, winter, autumn or spring there is something to do in Kapiti. Popular activites include visitng the bird sanctuary on Kapiti Island, native bird watching, Southwards Car Museum, golf at Paraparaumu & Waikanae Golf Clubs, Wellington Gliding Club, tramping at the Tararua Forest Park, cycle Kapiti’s cycle and walkways or visit Queen Elizabeth Park. And enjoy the benefits of living close by to New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington.