Hutt Valley



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Hutt City i-SITE Visitor Centre Upper Hutt i-SITE Visitor Centre
The Pavilion 6 Main Street, 
25 Laings Road, Lower Hutt Upper Hutt
Phone: 04 560 4715 Phone: 04 527 2141

Christ Church Preservation Society
Victorian Matinee
Wellington’s oldest church has installed a late19th-century reed organ and the Preservation Committee invites you to dress in Victorian clothes for an afternoon of Victorian music. Organist Ron Newton will accompany tenor Peter Dyne. Mulled wine and mince pies will be served at the interval. Before the concert, enjoy the beautiful surroundings of this tiny historic church.
Saturday 8 September, 3pm. Admission: $20. Tickets are limited by the size of the church 
Christ Church, 73 Eastern Hutt Road, Taita 
Contact: Mary Stevens, 04 472 8716 or j.m.stevens@xtra.co.nz 

Christmas Service
Early summer in the evening is a beautiful time to come to a service at this tiny historic church. The heritage roses will be in full bloom and the church surroundings will be at their best. The Seraphim Choir from Chilton St James School will lead the singing. The service will be taken by Reverend John Terris. You are welcome to join this service and remember the early settlers who gathered together in this simple building to enjoy rest and peace.
Wednesday 5 December, 7pm
Christ Church, 73 Eastern Hutt Road, Taita 
Contact: Mary Stevens, 04 472 8716 or j.m.stevens@xtra.co.nz

Hutt Minoh House Friendship Trust
Woodland Garden Wonderland
Wander around the woodland garden surrounding the historic von Zedlitz home, Norbury, now beautifully restored as Hutt Minoh Friendship House, a centre for Japanese language and culture. The house will also be open for viewing.
Sunday 30 September, 1pm-4pm. Free admission
Hutt Minoh Friendship House, 38 Normandale Road, Lower Hutt
Contact: Rosemary McLennan, 04 586 4180

Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival (Hanami)
The flowering of massed cherry blossoms heralds the arrival of spring in Japan, the way daffodils and lambs do in New Zealand. Experience the many facets of Japanese culture such as tea ceremony, dance and ikebana, along with tours of this historic Lower Hutt Venue.
Sunday 23 September, 12noon-4pm. Free admission
Hutt Minoh Friendship House, 38 Normandale Road, Lower Hutt
Contact: Rosemary McLennan, 04 586 4180

Lower Hutt City Libraries
Gardens and Heritage in the Hutt
A photo display of historic gardens in the Hutt Valley – Riddiford, Mason, McNabs/Bellevue, Ratanui – from the Library’s Local Heritage Collection. (War Memorial Library Research Centre, off Woburn Road, Lower Hutt). Also book displays featuring gardens and gardening at all community libraries.
Open during library hours throughout September
Contact: Neil Coup, 04 370 3745 or neil.coup@huttcity.govt.nz

Lower Hutt Historical Society 
Early Gardens
Cyrienne Robertson talks about gardens in the early years of settlement in the Hutt Valley and Wellington. Come along and take advantage of this opportunity to hear of the achievements of some of the pioneers of the Lower Hutt area.
Friday 14 September, 7.30pm. $2 donation 
Horticultural Society Rooms, Laings Road, Lower Hutt
Contact: Graeme Ross, 04 565 1992

Heritage Walk – Riddiford Gardens and Civic Centre Precinct with Warwick Johnston
Learn the history of the gardens and buildings of Lower Hutt’s Riddiford Park and Civic Centre as we walk around the Heritage Precinct with Warwick Johnston. See the library, church, cenotaph, aviary, administration building, clocktower, town hall, fountain and orchid house. Conclude with afternoon tea together at Reka Café at The New Dowse Gallery in Laing’s Road.
Sunday 16 September, 1pm-3pm, with afternoon tea following. Admission: $5 for walk and approximately $6 for Reka Café. Numbers limited so early booking essential. Please rsvp to Neil Coup at email address below or on 021 896 924. (Raincheck: Sunday 23 September.)
Meet in the Library carpark, off Woburn Road, Lower Hutt
Contact: Neil Coup, 04 370 3745 or neil.coup@huttcity.govt.nz

Sir James Hector’s Gardens from Wellington to the Hutt
A talk by John Adam and Louise Beaumont. As a pioneer explorer, geologist, and natural scientist, Sir James Hector (1834-1907) is a key figure in New Zealand’s colonial history. His involvement with the Botanic Garden of Wellington as founding manager and the prize garden at his home, ‘Ratanui’, in Petone gives him a particular local significance. Garden and landscape historians John Adams and Louise Beaumont will explore Hector’s legacy further in this public lecture.
Friday 9 November, 7.30pm-9.30pm (includes supper). Admission: $2
Red Cross Rooms, 31 Pretoria Street, Lower Hutt
Contact: Neil Coup, 04 370 3745 or neil.coup@huttcity.govt.nz

Hutt City Council in association with the Petone Historical Society
Opening of Ratanui Park
Formal opening of Ratanui Park by The Right Honourable Helen Clark, Prime Minister. ‘Ratanui’ was the home of Sir James Hector from 1882 to1907. Sir James Hector was the first manager of the New Zealand Institute (now the Royal Society of New Zealand) from 1867 to 1903, the founder of the Geological Survey (now GNS Science), and the Colonial Museum (now Te Papa) in 1865. The opening of Ratanui Park coincides with the 100th anniversary of Sir James Hector’s death in November 1907.
Saturday 10 November, 10.30am – 12noon
Western Hutt Road, (SH2), Petone. Attendance by invitation only.
Contact: Gerald Davidson, 04 938 3723 or gerald.davidson@paradise.net.nz


Golder Homestead Museum Society
Golder’s Cottage Garden – ‘Moments in Time’
Photographic display: ‘Snapshots’ of the Golder’s family life and their garden from the early 1800s to the present time. Garden viewing: The original garden features 100-year-old kowhai, laurel, camelias, fruit trees and wisteria, etc. 
Every Saturday in September, October and November, Labour Weekend open Saturday, Sunday and Monday (20-22 October), 1.30pm-4.00pm.
Admission to the house, which contains much of interest including most of its original furniture, is Adults $3, Students $2, Children  5-12 $1, Under-fives  no charge.
Golder’s Cottage, 707 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt
Contact: Janice Keys, 04 528 9855, www.golder.wellington.net.nz

Contact for the following events:: Christine O’Leary, 04 527 2791 or christine.oleary@uhcc.govt.nz

Upper Hutt Spring Festival
Come along and enjoy all the fun of the fair and view some vintage garden machinery. (www.vintagemachinery.wellington.net.nz).
Saturday 1 September, 9am-3pm
Main Street, Upper Hutt

Wellington Vintage Machinery Club open day
Open day at the Wellington Vintage Machinery Club Rooms. View some vintage garden machinery – lawn mowers, tractors, hoes, etc. (www.vintagemachinery.wellington.net.nz)
Sunday 16 September, 10am-3pm, gold coin donation
155a Mangaroa Hill Road, Upper Hutt

The award-winning garden of Andrew and Johanna King – featuring a wonderful specimen of a lirodendron tree planted by John Barton in 1865.
Sunday 14 October, 10am-4pm, gold coin donation
60 Barton Road, Heretaunga, Upper Hutt

The Chapman Taylor home of Dr Peter and Nellie Gillies - set in three-quarter acres of garden surrounded by native bush. 
Sunday 14 October, 10am-4pm, gold coin donation
6 Tiniroa Grove, Silverstream, Upper Hutt

The Efil Doog Garden of Art – a highly regarded garden of international renown, with more than 2500 rhododendrons and other plans set amongst sculptures by contemporary New Zealand artists.
Wednesday to Sunday 3 October to 31 March, 10am-3pm
Sunday 4 November, two-for-one admission on this day only (normal admission is $12 per adult) 
1995 Akatarawa Road, Upper Hutt (www.efildoog-nz.com)

‘Mansfield Meander’ – more than 19 gardens open to the public. Any garden group wishing to hire a bus to visit the gardens, contact the Upper Hutt i-SITE Visitor Centre and go into the draw to win $400 to go towards covering bus hire. Phone 04 527 2141.
Saturday and Sunday 10 and 11 November, 10am-5pm
Whitemans Valley, Katherine Mansfield, Upper Hutt

Guided tour of Barton’s Bush – featuring the last remnants of the original lowland forest in the Hutt Valley. Meet at the clubrooms.
Tuesday 13 November, 10am – 12noon
Barton’s Bush, Trentham Memorial Park, Upper Hutt

‘Hollycroft’ – a visit to the formal garden that holds one of the last two remaining native forests on the Upper Valley floor.
Sunday 18 November, 10am – 4pm, gold coin donation
14 Waterworks Road, Kaitoke, Upper Hutt

Tea and scones and garden visit at Stonestead. Stonestead was built by David Benge in 1860 and remains one of Te Marua’s oldest buildings.
Thursdays and Fridays, 11am-4pm and Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-5pm 
Saturday 24 November, half price teas and garden viewing)
7 Plateau Road, Upper Hutt