Upper Hutt is located to the northeast of New Zealand's capital Wellington city. Together with the City Council Wellington City, Lower Hutt and Porirua, it forms the second largest conurbation in the country, the urban area of Wellington.
Upper Hutt is located about 30 kilometers northeast of Wellington. It is located in the northern valley of Hutt Valley. In the south of the Taita Gorge borders from the city of Lower Hutt. West of the Upper Hutt District is the Porirua district, north of the Kapiti Coast District and the east of the South Wairarapa District. Located northwest of the city area of the Tararua Mountain Range, the State Highway 2 (SH 2) starts forms the southern passage of this ridge.
The city - district of Upper Hutt, with an area of over 540 km ² the largest urban district in the North Island and by the city districts of Dunedin and Christchurch, the third largest in New Zealand.
Residents and Boroughs
In Upper Hutt even live about 35,700 inhabitants, while the remaining 2,200 people live in the less densely populated areas beyond the Upper Hutt valley.
Suburbs of Upper Hutt from northeast to southwest are: Te Marua, Akatarawa, Rimutaka, Parkdale, Emerald Hill, Birchville, Mount Marua, Marua Downs, Timberlea, Brown Owl, Kaitoke, Māoribank, Upper Hutt Central, Clouston Park, Mangaroa, Maymorn, Whiteman's Valley, Totara Park, Waitoka Estate, Riverstone Terraces, Kingsley Heights, Wallace Ville, The Lanes, Trentham, Heretaunga, Silverstream and Pinehaven.
By 1840, the area that was then called Orongomai was inhabited exclusively by the Māori until 1841 with Richard Barton, a first Europeans entered the area. Seven years later the place Upper Hutt.
In 1876, emanating from Wellington railway line reached Upper Hutt. It is worth mentioning the so-called " Rimutaka Incline " (ie " Rimutaka surge" ). By 1955, this strong increase in height was accomplished through a gear train. Since then performs the second longest with about nine kilometers of New Zealand tunnel, the Rimutaka tunnel, passing under the mountain.
By the end of the 1980s, the road from Upper Hutt to Wellington rose dramatically. Because the government did not improve the situation, the city decided to build himself a highway that after he was already overloaded shortly after the inauguration, was further expanded.