Overlooking Lower Hutt

Take in the view across Lower Hutt city centre and the lower Hutt Valley in the historic Jubilee Park.

It's perfect for:­

  • a meeting away from the office,

  • a special high tea with a group of friends,

  • a small group wedding, or

  • a birthday party with a difference

We can cater for up to 30 in a single function and up to 45 across three separate rooms.

  • Main room: up to 30 theatre style or 15 classroom

  • Conservatory: up to 6-7 as a lounge

  • Art room: up to 10 meeting room style


Visit the house

The house is open to the public only on open days or by arrangement. Special group visits can be organised.


Bring your class

Up to Hutt Minoh Friendship House to learn more about Japan, its culture and our treasured collection of Japanese dolls and cultural items.

HomeStay in the Hutt

We encourage our friends from Minoh City to get in touch with us so we can host you on your stay in New Zealand.

Built in 1904

The house was constructed in 1904 for Victoria College’s first professor of modern languages, George von Zedlitz, and his wife Alice Fitzherbert, eldest daughter of Lower Hutt’s first mayor,William Alfred Fitzherbert.

The house was purchased by the city council in the 1940s as a caretaker’s residence for the new Jubilee Park.It was restored
and opened as Hutt Minoh Friendship House in 1999 with a large grant from the Japan World Exposition of 1970 (Expo 70) and funding from the Minoh City Council and Hutt City Council.


Catch the train to the Western Hutt Railway Station on the
Melling line on Mondays to Fridays and walk up to the House.

Take the number 150 bus from Petone Station and Queensgate which runs every 30 minutes Mondays to Saturdays and hourly on Sundays. The bus stop is 100m uphill from the House.

Drivers need to take care entering the driveway. Enter as you head downhill instead of crossing a blind corner into the driveway. Continue further up and turn at the bus stop.

Parking includes mobility parking.

The gate at the top of the drive is locked at night.


Make a booking for "Minoh House" via the Hutt City Council venue booking request form or get in touch with the helpful team at Hutt City Council on +64 4 570 6666