Upper Hutt well-represented at the Wellington Heritage Festival 2023

Published on 03 October 2023

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Get ready! The Wellington Heritage Festival starts on 23 October, and this year Upper Hutt has a record number of 14 events happening near you. 

Mark the date in your calendar – 23 October to 5 November – because you won’t want to miss out on this exciting opportunity to connect with and explore the rich and colourful history and culture that has shaped Upper Hutt and its people. 

With such a diverse range of events, there will be something to suit everyone, no matter their age or ability. Come join us in celebrating our local heritage and culture. Your support will help grow our community’s identity and sense of belonging, and foster a link to our past, people and places.


Open days and site visits

Guided tour of the former site of McCurdy’s Castle

Wellington Vintage Machinery Open Days

Upper Hutt Blockhouse Open Day


Talks, tours and events

“He loves a scrap, does this wee chap”: an illustrated talk on Angus McCurdy and family

Minibus heritage tour of Akatarawa Valley with author Peter O'Flaherty

Graveyard tour: St John's Church, Trentham

Celebrating the history of Upper Hutt's Streets, with author Lynly Yates

Lunch n Lyrics with Upper Hutt music icon Wayne Mason

The Rimutaka Incline Railway on the big screen

The legendary Warratahs in concert

Upper Hutt Stamp Day

Upper Hutt Heritage Walking Tour


Exhibition and displays

The Women of Pumpkin Cottage

Display of Vintage and Classic Vehicles


When you are ready to explore beyond our backyard, this year’s festival promises to be bigger, bolder, and more vibrant than ever before – with 100 events across Wellington region. 

There are events centred on mana whenua histories, tours of graveyards and heritage landmarks, stories about well-known historic figures from the arts, culture and rainbow communities, lots of vintage cars and machinery on show, and sneak peeks behind the scenes at Hannah Playhouse and City Archives.

Hop onto the website of Wellington Heritage Festival for more information.

We look forward to seeing you at our Upper Hutt heritage events.


If you have any questions, please contact our friendly Heritage Advisor, Reid Perkins, for more information.

If you would like to find out how you can get involved in next year’s Wellington Heritage Festival, please either contact Reid Perkins from Upper Hutt City Council or Dr Roger Blakeley from Wellington Heritage Festival.