Treat the family to a well earned break and relax with the Dowse Road Trip

Fun Times


Beaches, rivers, museums, parks and playgrounds. We’ve got exactly what you need to upgrade your weekend away


Option #1

Explore the Coast


Keep the crew fed with the delicious treats at Seashore Cabaret. With fairground mirrors, a pinball machine collection and a delicious menu to boot this is the perfect start to your action packed weekend.

Let the kids loose on the our beautiful beach. With buckets and spades freely available at Petone Settlers Museum we’ve got everything you need for a stress free start to your weekend.



Option #2

Cultured Kids


Swing by The Dowse Art Museum and explore Gavin Hipkins: The Domain. With lush photographs and experimental photography spanning his 30 year career this show is sure to inspire young an old.

This summer eager minds are invited to explore our summer show with our whānau friendly activity, “The Clue”. Ask the front desk for an activity pack.

After all that inspiration head to The Dowse cafe - Bellbird Eatery to refuel and reflect.

To make life easy their kids menu has the all important (and not too obvious) healthy slant.





Option #3

Outdoor Adventures


And you can always let off steam at our wonderful world class pools. Indoor or out we have you covered. The Hutt Valley is a lush haven for outdoors fun. Check out these highlights!

Avalon Park has everything you need to keep the whole family active and entertained. With plenty to climb on, under, through and over we can guarantee hours of fun. 

Our beautiful valley is a wonderful place for families to explore. Check out Green Jersey for cycling and walking tours - perfect for an active family.



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Rest Up

Ava Lodge

Rest up and relax after big days out and about at the comfy and central Ava Lodge.