The best things to do in Porirua

From beautiful beaches and picturesque trails, delicious kai and incredible arts and culture, Porirua has activities for all of your

Porirua Saturday Market

Niagara Street, Waitangirua, Porirua

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On Saturday mornings, head to Porirua Saturday Market and immerse yourself in cultures, music and flavours. The market is set up at the Waitangirua Mall carpark and goes ahead no matter the weather.

This popular market is full of hustle and bustle with a strong Polynesian and Asian flavour. With stalls ranging from clothing, Pacific Island crafts to fresh produce and food stalls, the market comes alive with the sound of Pacific Island and contemporary popular music. Admission to the market is free.

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Waitangirua market 2

Boat Sheds at Paremata

29 Pendennis Point, Camborne, Porirua City

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Dotted around the Pāuatahanui inlet at Paremata is a collection of 36 boat sheds.  Painted in jewel-like colours and built in a mishmash of styles, the sheds date back from the late 1940s and 1950s. 

The boat sheds are tucked below the hilltop on the northwest side of the Pāuatahanui inlet along Porirua’s Camborne walkway, a sheltered walk takes you along the shores of the inlet.  The track is a 30 minute walk each way and pack a picnic for the stop at the Grays Road end of the track. 

poriruacity.govt.nz/top-10-walks

Boat sheds in Pauatahanui Inlet
Pataka Art Gallery maori culture artwork

Pātaka Art + Museum

17 Parumoana Street, Porirua, Wellington

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A short drive or train trip from the city, Pātaka Art + Museum is a lively hub of arts and culture in Porirua, one of the most multi-cultural cities in New Zealand. Across multiple galleries, Pātaka shows the best in contemporary Māori, Pacific Island, New Zealand and international art. Enjoy lunch and coffee at Kaizen, a café overlooking a traditional Japanese garden, and spend some time at the museum shop, Toi Store, which has a carefully chosen range of art and craft works made by leading New Zealand artists.

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Light House Cinema Pāuatahanui

3 Pāuatahanui Hill Road, Pāuatahanui, Porirua

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There’s nothing like a night with a great movie on the couch and Light House has you covered with comfy theatre seating.  Showing a diverse range of the most recent arthouse movies, a few blockbusters as well as live theatre and opera. 

Just 10 minutes’ drive from Porirua City, this is a real boutique experience with excellent coffee, local craft beer and wine available to take into the cinema with you. 

lighthousecinema.co.nz

Lighthouse Cinema inside

Titahi Bay Beach

Beach Road, Titahi Bay, Porirua

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Beloved by swimmers, surfers and walkers alike, Titahi Bay is a popular spot no matter the season. Titahi Bay is a sheltered beach and over the summer months is patrolled by surf lifesavers to keep an eye on people swimming between the red flags.  

With great facilities including a playground, carpark, toilets and changing rooms, Titahi Bay is a great place for a day out.  Nearby local eatery T Bay Café serves breakfast and lunch or get some fish and chips from one of the local shops nearby and enjoy a meal on the sand watching the sunset.  

poriruacity.govt.nz/beaches

Titahi Bay boatsheds and beach with hill in background
Titahi Bay boatsheds
Titahi Bay
Te Rauparaha swimming pool dive shot
Te Rauparaha aquatic centre aquarobics
Te Rauparaha aquatic hydroslide kids

Te Rauparaha Aquatic Centre

17 Parumoana Street, Porirua City

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Calling all lovers of wai (water) to the aquatic centre at Te Rauparaha arena, right in the heart of Porirua City. The swimming complex provides fun for all ages with a range of pools for swimming laps, learning to swim, having a paddle or just playing about. 

Perfect for school holiday entertainment, kids will love riding the hydroslide, playing in the wave pool and floating on the inflatables, while parents will love the spa, sauna and on-site café.  Entry to wave pool, hydroslide, spa and sauna is all included with your entry to the pool. 

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