Heretaunga, Wellington

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Coordinates: 41°09′00″S 175°01′59″E / 41.150°S 175.033°E / -41.150; 175.033Coordinates: 41°09′00″S 175°01′59″E / 41.150°S 175.033°E / -41.150; 175.033
CountryNew Zealand
IslandNorth Island
CityUpper Hutt
 • Total4,398

Heretaunga is a suburb of Upper Hutt located in the lower North Island of New Zealand. The suburb is one of the older suburbs in the Hutt Valley as it was established in the 1840s as European Settlers sought country sections.[1] A prime example of a "leafy" suburb, Heretaunga is noted for its quiet tree lined streets. It is characterised by large houses, often Edwardian or mid 20th century.

The suburb has numerous green spaces, most evident around the site of the Royal Wellington Wellington Golf Club and Trentham Memorial Park. The Royal Wellington Golf Club has been based in Heretaunga since 20 November 1906 after acquiring 48.5 hectares of land from the Barton family (descendants of Richard Barton). [2]

Heretaunga takes its name from the Māori name for the nearby Hutt River, named after a Hawke's Bay district.[3][4] It is directly next to the suburb of Silverstream, and the two are commonly thought to be merged. To the North East is Trentham. The suburb is served by the Heretaunga Railway Station.

Heretaunga is a Māori name, and here means "to tie up", and taunga literally means "to be at home", i.e. it is a mooring place for canoes.[3]


  1. ^ "History". Pinehaven Progressive Association. Retrieved 12 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Royal Wellington Golf Club History". RWGC. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  3. ^ a b Reed, A. W. (2010). Peter Dowling, ed. Place Names of New Zealand. Rosedale, North Shore: Raupo. p. 163. ISBN 9780143204107.
  4. ^ Maclean, Chris (13 July 2012). Wellington places – Hutt Valley – south. Ministry for Culture and Heritage / Te Manatū Taonga. Retrieved 12 May 2015.