business safaris

19, 20, 21 oCTOBER 2020

See behind the scenes of some of our most interesting businesses in our region with a Business Safari. This is your chance to meet the people driving new developments and celebrate the vibrant business community that we are all proud to be a part of.


lower hutt






upper hutt


Business Safaris are organised by the Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce and are an excellent way for small groups to get up close to local businesses in a relaxed, informal way, to learn more about our vibrant business community and see what is happening in our own backyard.

Guests meet at the Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce and are welcomed by CEO, Helen Down, or join us at the first stop. Minivans/small buses will take guests to the different business locations across each region, where you will receive a personal tour by the key people behind each business and your own complementary ‘Safari Pack’. Join us and discover some local treasures with us.

19 October: lower hutt safari

11:00am – 2:00pm

We got up close to some fabulous local businesses on our Lower Hutt Business Safari, sponsored by Love to Grow.

First up was local engineering company,  Myriad Engineering. Part of our local manufacturing scene since 1972, Myriad makes component parts for a host of industries including transport, agriculture, commercial furniture, marine, specialist electronic switching equipment, plastic manufacturers and many other specialist manufacturers.

At this stop guests were introduced to Myriad’s owners Mark and Fiona Wilson and given a personal tour of the workshop.

Second stop was Precise Traffic Solutions, a business that invests heavily in its people, with an approach you don’t come across often.

PTS offer a range of services from VMS Board hire, to training and development, to traffic management planning, events and more.

At this stop guests heard from the PTS team and explored their premises on a guided tour.

The final stop on our tour was to Stansborough Ltd’s textile factory. (They use their own unique breed of grey sheep to weave textiles for an international fashion label.)

The unique fibre created by their flock of rare grey sheep, which date back to the Vikings, was used to costume many of the main characters appearing in the blockbuster movies ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’.

We heard their unique story and received a rare personal tour of their Lower Hutt factory to also see the mill in action.

20 October: wellington safari

1:00pm – 5:00pm

Come and get up close with us to some fabulous Wellington businesses at our Wellington Business Safari, sponsored by Ricoh.

At our first stop we’re going behind the scenes at NZME (NZ Media & Entertainment). Join us for a personal tour of the office space and broadcasting studios of NZME, home to iconic brands NZ Herald,  Newstalk ZB, The Hits, ZM, GrabOne and so much more.

Our second stop is Te Wharewaka o Pōneke, Wellington’s best Maori experience on land and water.

Te Wharewaka o Pōneke was selected as a finalist for the He Kai Kei Aku Ringa Maori Tourism Awards in both 2018 and 2019.

Tour options include walking and water tours, centred on Wellington’s rich and diverse Maori culture and history. See behind the scenes of this unique Wellington business.

We end our tour with a visit to Ricoh, a global digital services provider. Ricoh pride themselves on keeping up with modern technology innovations to best streamline your workplace operations.

Ricoh leads the way in a constantly changing world by simplifying technology and processes to drive performance with connectivity and collaboration.

21 October: Upper hutt safari

10:00am – 2:00pm

The first stop on our Upper Hutt Business Safari is New Zealand Campus of Innovation & Sport (NZCIS). Hear first-hand about the exciting developments taking place on the campus as part of the Government’s Covid recovery shovel ready projects.

Join us as we tour the new sports training facility and see inside the lecture theatres, conference and accommodation rooms at this unique facility situated in park-like grounds.

Tour Wallaceville Estate with us next, a new housing development located on Alexander Road. 

This development is made up of over 700 sections, with many of the new houses already built and purchased. Come and take a look around with us and learn more about this up and coming area, situated between NZCIS and Lane Street Studios.

World-class film production studio, Lane Street Studios is the next stop on our list. Once completed, the $45 complex will host international productions along with smaller, domestic projects.

With New Zealand viewed as a safe place to make film, interest in using the film studio has triped since lockdown. Come and take a look with us at history in the making.

Brewtown is a new entertainment complex, getting its fair share of press recently. 

Fast becoming the entertainment capital of Wellington, Brewtown offers a host of craft beers in a relaxed environment and has grown to now include an ice rink and Daytona Raceway facilities. Come and take a tour of the facilites with us including a tramp park and bowling green.

We have some outstanding businesses across our region. This is a fabulous opportunity to meet the people driving new local developments and celebrate our vibrant business community with us, in a fun and relaxed manner. 

Helen Down, CEO, Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce