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The harbour city of Porirua is just 15 minutes north of Wellington. It's the home of Pataka, one of New Zealand's most important museums.

Porirua is a satellite city of Wellington situated at the southern end of the Kapiti Coast. It completely surrounds Porirua Harbour, which is a popular spot for windsurfing, waterskiing and jet skiing. Best things to do in Porirua include visiting Pataka, a museum and art gallery specialising in Maori and Pacific Island art; shopping at Porirua Market, which is held every Saturday morning; exploring Battle Hill Farm Forest Park; and several beaches for safe swimming. On Waitangi Day (February 6th) Porirua celebrates its cultural diversity with the ‘Festival of the Elements’. You’ll find plenty of motel accommodation, as well as camping grounds and B & Bs.

Functional facts: Approx. population,53,000, large shopping centres, i-SITE Visitor Centre.

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