Porirua: A vibrant harbour city

Nestled between two harbours, Porirua is a perfect blend of creativity, nature and adventure – all just 20km north of Wellington

Stretching from Pukerua Bay in the north to Titahi Bay in the west, Pāuatahanui in the east, and Kenepuru in the south, Porirua is a connection of multiple villages. The harbour offers coastal walks and water sports, and the hillsides are packed with adventure – from hiking to mountain biking and high ropes. It’s a city steeped in Māori heritage and thriving with creative talent.

Discover Porirua’s rich culture at Pātaka Art + Museum. The world-leading gallery is dedicated to Māori, Pacific, New Zealand and international art. Or stop in at the New Zealand Police Museum – a fun and fascinating collection of police artefacts.

For the adventurous, get your heart racing high in the trees at Adrenalin Forest or tackle the 468m summit of Te Ara Rangituhi by bike or on foot. Explore the coastal headland of Whitireia Park or take a seaside wander around Te Ara Piko, “the meandering path”.

Come together
Come closer
To the sacred land of Ngāti Toa
To uphold
To uplift
The coming of new life!

Excerpt from Porirua Song, by Steph Casey