Welcome to the Maungaraki.com website which promotes Maungaraki and its community, allowing residents to share their views and provides a forum for local groups to advertise their activities.
Maungaraki is a suburb of Lower Hutt nestled on the western hills of the Hutt Valley, between Korokoro and Normandale, about 10 minutes north of New Zealand's capital city, Wellington, and which overlooks the Hutt Valley, Petone, and Wellington Harbour.
The suburb rises in height from sea level to around 250m which means many residents have spectacular views across the valley and harbour, into Eastbourne, Petone, Lower Hutt, and Wellington City.
We are very fortunate to be surrounded by parks which contain an abundance of native bush, home to many New Zealand native birds, such as Tui, Bellbird, Wood Pigeon, Morepork, and Fantail.
Visitors to the area can make day walks within the bush at Belmont Regional Park, as well as the waterfall walk and a picnic at Percy's Scenic Reserve.
Maungaraki is predominantly family focussed, with about two thirds of all 3500 residents belonging to a family unit. Further statistics about Maungaraki are available here.
The name Maungaraki, means "mountains to the north" in Māori, and probably relates to the Māori pa (settlement), Pito-one at the bottom of the hill at Korokoro. The hills around the Pito-one settlement were great vantage points for Māori, and once cleared became useful areas for planting vegetables such as Kumara.
The areas of Korokoro and Maungaraki are linked, not just physically by Maungaraki Road, but in history as well. Both suburbs were designated as for the Māori, by the New Zealand Company's surveyors, in exchange for other land in the Hutt Valley.