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Americarna is about to embark on its first ever ‘Hutt City’ event and the dates are set for 23rd – 26th February 2011.  As we have held our North Island event in Taranaki for the past four consecutive years we are really excited about bringing Americarna to the Wellington area to give the event a fresh face.  Being a new venue for us there is a lot of planning and co-ordination to take place between now and then to make the event the great success we know it will be.  But it’s all underway and as plans unfold and become confirmed we will update you with what’s happening.

 This is what’s in the pipeline............

Wednesday 23rd February

Today is a great day to cruise on into the Hutt area at your leisure.  Book into your accommodation and check out the area, pop into the CBD to check out some of the great shopping.  Juniors Kustom Rides will be having an ‘Open House’ from 2.00pm.  They are situated at 111 Eastern Hutt Road, Lower Hutt.  Pop on down and see Mark & Sue, grab a refreshment and check out their premises.  Directions will be in your registration pack.  The Registration centre will be open from 12.00noon until 8.00pm.  Our home base in the Hutt is the Petone Working Mens Club – 47 Udy Street Petone. 

Thursday 24th February

Today we head for Southwards Car Museum in Paraparaumu.  As we don’t cruise off until 10:30am, start your day by coming to the Petone Working Mens Club, park up ready to leave for the cruise and head into the club where they will be serving a cooked breakfast.  The club will be serving breakfast every morning during the event for $9.00 per head.  At 10:30am sharp the cruise will head off for Southwards Museum. The museum has over 350 vehicles, three aircraft as well as other exhibits including bikes and motorcycles.  The collection began in 1956 by Sir Len Southward and his wife Lady Vera Southward and is housed in a purpose built building featuring 6000sqm exhibition hall, engineering workshop, gift shop, and restaurant set in six hectares of park-like grounds.  We have planned a route that will capture as many of the local Kapiti Coast schools as possible.  So get your American flags ready to greet not only the school children but the locals that will be road side to welcome us!  Once at the Museum take the opportunity to view this extensive collection of vehicles at a small entry fee of $10.00 per adult / $3.00 per child.  The onsite cafe will be caterering a delicious lunch, order yours with your entry and ensure you don't miss out!  Then, a great opportunity to relax outside in the beautiful grounds surrounding the Museum.  Here's the menu: 

Americarna Lunch Box - $13.00 
Your choice of an American Hot Dog or Gourmet Mini Burger
Chilli Con Carne
Curly Fries
Home made coleslaw

Americarna Childrens Lunch Box (under 15yrs) - $8.00
Your choice of an American Hot Dog or Gourmet Mini Burger
Curly Fries

Remember; Lunch is only available by pre-purchasing your tickets.  So don't miss out!   To order you tickets please pay with your entry to the event.  Details are on the entry form. 

Registration will be available at the museum if required but this is by special request only.  Please contact Toni at if you would like to register for the event here.

Friday 25th February

Today is our cruise to Masterton. Be at the Petone Working Men’s Club ready to cruise off at 10.00am sharp.  Don’t forget if you arrive a bit earlier you can head into the Club to enjoy their great cooked breakfast first.  We will then head to Masterton via the Rimutaka’s.  Take the opportunity to take in the amazing scenery.  We will be passing as many schools on route to Masterton as possible so keep an eye out for the local children waving you by!!  Once we arrive we will hit the main CBD, park the cars and be treated to Masterton’s hospitality.  The organising committee have been working really hard to make your visit one you will not forget.  The CBD will be transformed into an American movie set so come dressed as your favourite American movie/tv character.  The Tui girls will be on the lookout for those who get behind the theme and have some great Tui giveaways.  For those from the East Coast or Central North Island, registration will be available in Masterton Friday 9.00am – 11.30pm.  So you can join the event from this point if you haven’t yet made it to Lower Hutt.  The location for Registration will be Magoo’s Street Rods, 23 Edwin Feist Place.

From 2:00pm you can start heading out of the CBD.  But before leaving Masterton take the time to visit some of the fantastic local attractions: Shear Discovery New Zealand is the home of Golden Shears and will feature live shearing today; Aratoi Museum of Art and History will have a special Hot Rod display during Americarna called ‘Art of the Hot Rod’; Bob Wilton’s Gasoline Heaven in Carterton the home of a vast collection of Automobile memorabilia;  or visit Magoo’s Street Rods workshop in Masterton; For wine tasting head south, following the Classic NZ Wine Trail signs, to Gladstone Vineyard; and then for some retail therapy, call into Pauaworld in Carterton and then on to browse through the boutiques in Greytown and enjoy a reviving coffee before the trip over the Rimutaka Pass.

 From here find your own way back to the Hutt City.  Once back, head to your accommodation, freshen up or relax, catch up with friends and get ready to hit Jackson Street for Friday Night Cruising.  The cruise will open at 6.30pm.  Cruise the street, take in the great atmosphere this unique area will be sure to create.  When ready, park up and find yourself one of the fantastic cafe/restaurants to dine at.  More on how and when to enter the cruise will be advised closer to the time.

Saturday 26th February

Americarna moves into the centre of the Hutt where the Country Fair will be held from 10.00am – 4.00pm.  Today will be a day of entertainment and fun with plenty of activities and attractions for the kids, a great line up of music, food, trade and craft stalls.  The heart of the Hutt is only metres away for the ladies that may wish to take in some last minute retail therapy. 

Then at 7.00pm the Saturday night After Party will rock off at the Lower Hutt Town Hall!  Come and enjoy a great evening of entertainment.  Catch up with friends, let your hair down and party the night away.

We will be able to confirm the entertainment for the After Party very soon so keep checking your email.

Sunday 27th February

The very first Americarna Hutt City has come to an end.  Don’t miss out on being a part of this inaugural event!  Forms are here on our website and we are available to answer any queries by calling 06 7590027 or email Toni at

Sunday there is to be a ‘Rock in the Hutt’ Rock n Roll festival in High Street so don’t leave town until you’ve checked it out.  We will provide more on this as we receive the information.

If you would like help to find suitable accommodation click on the 'Accommodation' page on this site.  Here you will find the accommodation supporters of Americarna or contact the Hutt City I-Site by:
Phone - 04 5604715
Website: Or complete a request from at

Get your registrations in now as the first 300 entries received will go in the draw to win an Air New Zealand mystery weekend away.

See you in February..... And for some, again in March for Americarna Invercargill.  Check out our website for info on our special ferry crossing rates.

 And remember:

  • If you’re an Americarna member, your vehicle entry is reduced by 10%.
  • Enter by 30th September to beat the entry fee increase.