PHOTO:KEVIN STENT/STUFF Malcolm Gillies, owner of Brewtown, in front of the original Dunlop building front entrance, where a huge entertainment complex is being built.
Upper Hutt brewery complex Brewtown wants to be more than just a place to eat and drink.
Owner Malcolm Gillies hopes major new entertainment expansion will turn the area into a weekend destination and New Zealand’s first craft beer “theme park”.
Lower Hutt-based Daytona Raceway will move its ice rink and go-kart track inside the Brewtown gates.
The 4500sqm facility, which will also include five lanes of tenpin bowling, a trampoline park, and a large indoor paintball field, is expected to open at the start of September.
Brewtown is home to five craft breweries: Panhead, Boneface, Good George, Te Aro, and Kererū, as well as Wild Kiwi distillery.
Brewtown is situated within the South Pacific Industrial park. Developer and realtor Malcolm Gillies who bought the 36,000 square metre site in 2008.
“It was a natural progression,” Gillies said.
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