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Just a stone’s throw from downtown Wellington, grab the kids for a day in Porirua filled with everything from ziplining at Adrenaline Forest, to the rich culture on display at Pataka Museum.
Jump on the Kapiti line from Wellington Station and in just 20 minutes you’ll be in the heart of Porirua. Almost everything is within walking distance, but for some extra freedom you can hire bikes and toddler trailers from Get Fixed Bicycle Café down on the harbour's edge. Getting to Porirua by car is just as simple, take State Highway 1 north and you’ll be there in a flash.
Around the harbour lies Adrenalin Forest, an epic aerial obstacle course consisting of high-wires and ziplines amongst the trees. With multiple difficulty levels suitable for a wide range of ages (from 1.3m tall) and fitness levels, obstacles start at just 1.5m off the ground. The course doesn’t just test your fitness either, many obstacles can be conquered in different ways so you’ll be stretching the grey matter as well!
Still got energy to burn or have young ones that don’t quite reach the height limits to zip amongst the trees? Bounce HQ is the answer. The jump park is suitable for all ages up to 13 with a huge range of inflatables of different shapes and sizes. While the kids have fun the adults can relax with a coffee from local roasters Elemental.
After a physical morning it will be soon time to refuel and Porirua has several excellent options for all budgets. Kaizen Café, found within the Pātaka complex, offers a range of delicious café food with views of their beautiful Japanese garden. Peppermill Café is another great option, or you can grab a healthy salad from Filo (or maybe some fish n’ chips) and eat it down by the water.
Porirua has a rich Māori and Pasifika culture, which runs over into a passion for the arts. The crown jewel is Pātaka Art + Museum, which has become the cultural heart of the city since in opened in 1998. The museum and gallery space has a reputation for showcasing the best in Maori and Pacific arts, alongside contemporary New Zealand, Asian and international works. For history of a different sort, take a trip to the New Zealand Police Museum. Found on the Police College campus, admission is free and the museum provides educational programmes for all ages using examples of police excellence and stories of some of the country’s most notorious criminals.
After a full day of activities it’s time to take a dip. Porirua’s new splash pad, found at Aotea Lagoon, will have kids of all ages screaming in delight. For toddlers there are water jellies and misters, while those a little older can jump on the water cannons or brave the massive dumper bucket nicknamed ‘supersplash’. There are plenty of grass areas to relax, alongside play equipment and even a miniature train and butterfly walkway!