The vibrant multi-cultural city with two harbours
Just 20 minutes’ drive or train ride from Wellington, Porirua is a harbour city bordered by rolling hills, lush green in winter and in summer slowly turning to a toasted ochre.
The name of this beautiful spot is thought to have originated from great Polynesian explorer Kupe, who called the twin harbours which met in the middle ‘Pari e Rua’ – the meeting of two tides.
At one end of the harbour you’ll find Pauatahanui Inlet, known for its picture postcard boatsheds. The collection of 36 boat sheds, dating from the late 1940s and 1950s, are built in a mishmash of styles and painted jewel-like colours.
The area around the inlet has been inhabited by people for at least the last 600 years and the area is rich with wāhi tapu (Māori sacred sites), archaeological sites and historic places.