Petone is a historic gem – you won’t find any place quite like this beautiful and happening suburb. From the beginning, Petone grew to become a major industrial centre. Today, Petone reflects its early history with many of the houses, mostly single storied bungalows or villas remaining. The majority of these houses are now renovated or being renovated returning them to their former glory with the added advantages of today’s living standards.
Petone is a flat suburb set alongside the beach - perfect for those beautiful balmy summer nights where you have the option to take a relaxing stroll down the beach, watch the sunset and eat some delicious fish and chips. Jackson Street has grown over the past years and is one of the number one attractions for people visiting the Hutt Valley (www.huttvalleynz.com).
Jackson Street is a heritage icon, combining an assorted mix of old buildings with trendy cafes, galleries and more. Walking down Jackson Street is like stepping back in time. Many of the buildings have stood for well over 100 years, including the Petone Clock and the old Petone Police Station and Jail. This offers you the opportunity to get a unique glimpse into the life and times of early New Zealand. not just a store... Jackson Street is a heritage icon, combining an eclectic mix of old buildings with funky cafés and boutique shopping. The retail strip boasts a huge variety of specialty shops, cafés, bars and restaurants that supply a wide range of ethnic foods, great coffee and goods not available anywhere else. The majority of shops are run by the owners, so the service is second to none!
The Petone Clock is a feature among many, of Jackson Street. There is a Railway station with a Supermarket close by for you to stock up on goods and grab the daily newspaper to read on your journey into Wellington. If you are looking to do a spot of shopping, head for the heritage precinct on Jackson. Here you will find many owner operated boutique stores in a located in a diverse range of architectural style buildings with beautiful unique products not available anywhere else in NZ (www.huttvalleynz.com). There are also second hand & antique stores. Some recommended shops include Bookfeast – they sell cookbooks; Wanda Harland – trendy homeware; OnTrays – delicatessen known locally as the South African Shop; Village Beads – where you can make your own jewellery (www.huttvalleynz.com).
There is a lively café and restaurant scene serving wide range of ethic food (everything from Thai and Malaysian to Italian and Mexican) and great coffee (a personal favourite of mine is GoBang.
Community facilities include a Kindergarten, three primary schools, Weltec, the Petone Settlers Museum, numerous sports clubs, and parks and recreational areas including McKenzie Pool and the Shandon Golf Club. On top of all of these fabulous facilities there are also banks, dairies, take-away food outlets and even a vet. There is also a main bus route heading to the Hutt Valley to Upper Hutt and through Wellington to the airport. There is really isn’t much more you could ask for when living in Petone!
Petone is a suburb rich in history. The name Petone is an Anglicised version of the Maori name ‘Pito-one’ meaning ‘the sandy end’. Pito-one was the name and location of Te Puni’s pa and where the first European settlers to the region came ashore in 1840. Petone became one of Wellington’s earliest settled communities. Another historic piece of Petone mentioned earlier is the clock. The clock has recently reached the age of 100 years old on Sunday 7 July (www.jacksonstreet.co.nz/)