• Pataka museum
  • Windsurfing, jet-skiing
  • Porirua Market


Porirua is just 20 minutes north of Wellington. It's the home of Pataka Art + Museum, a popular and diverse museum and art gallery.

Porirua completely surrounds Te Awarua-o-Porirua Harbour, which is a popular spot for windsurfing, waterskiing and jet skiing. Some of the best things to do in Porirua include visiting Pataka Art + Museum(opens in new window), a museum and art gallery specialising in Māori and Pacific Island art, swimming at Te Rauparaha Arena Aquatic Centre, and shopping at North City Shopping Centre.

For those interested in the outdoors and adventure, there's cycling and mountain biking trails and walking tracks.(opens in new window) Te Araroa(opens in new window), which is part of the national trail that stretches from Cape Reinga to Bluff, also runs through Porirua, as the Pukerua Bay to Paekākāriki Escarpment Trail(opens in new window).

Iconic Aotea Lagoon(opens in new window) is ideal for family picnics with a children's adventure playground, Adrenalin Forest for high wire challenges, and there are several popular beaches(opens in new window) for safe family swimming.

For all you need to know to plan your stay visit Porirua City Council(opens in new window).

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