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Just 20 minutes north of Wellington, Porirua offers peaceful surroundings with vibrant culture, art, shopping and outdoor activities. Go walking along tranquil waterways, sandy beaches and craggy cliff faces, and meet friendly people from diverse backgrounds.
Head to Adrenalin Forest, realise your potential and get your blood pumping on their exciting multi-level aerial obstacle course. You'll face high ropes, Tarzan swings and flying foxes.
PATAKA Art + Museum showcases the best in Maori, Pacific Island and New Zealand contemporary art and culture with a regularly changing schedule of exhibits.
The New Zealand Police Museum is fun for both the young and young at heart. Discover historical objects and original evidence while junior detectives can dress up in police uniform.
The site of one of the last battles between Māori and early colonial forces in the region, Battle Hill Farm Forest Park is a haven for walking, horse riding, mountain biking, picnicking and camping.
Visit the beautiful Pauatahanui Wildlife Management Reserve, a coastal wetland containing a mosaic of tidal flats and indigenous marsh vegetation. It's the perfect spot for bird-watching.
Climb Colonial Knob, a 1.7km native bush walk with stunning views, or take the family out to Ara Harakeke for a leisurely walk or cycle along the 8.7km trail.
Ride around the lagoon on the model train, play in the adventure fort and playground, or feed the ducks at the duck pond. The rose gardens are well worth a look too.
Plimmerton, Shelley Bay, Karehana Bay and Dolly Varden beaches all offer safe swimming, while Titahi Bay Beach is also a great spot for surfing.