Petone is a major suburb of the city of Lower Hutt in New Zealand. It is located at the southern end of the narrow triangular plain of the Hutt River, on the northern shore of Wellington Harbour. The name, from the Maori Pito-one, means "end of the sand beach".
Being only 10 minutes up State Highway 2 from the Wellington CBD, Petone is an easy drive for the capital city’s coffee lovers and culture vultures, who flock to the cafés and shops in historic Jackson Street.
The Petone foreshore boasts a large beach for safe swimming, excellent windsurfing, jet-skiing and water-skiing, and fishing from the Petone Wharf. The Petone Settlers Museum on the foreshore has regular exhibitions that relate the story of early Maori and European settlement.
The best water in Wellington can be sampled at the marble fountain on the corner of Buick Street and Jackson Street. The water comes directly from the aquifer below – no added chemicals!
The McKenzie heated swimming pool, which is open during summer months, is a great family place with plenty of aqua toys and shady picnic areas.