A day in Porirua
From coasts and hills to climb and explore, to arts and culture and delicious kai, Porirua City is jam-packed with activities for the whole whānau to enjoy
Porirua City is a 20-minute drive or train ride from Wellington city. Train timetables are available from the Metlink website.
If you’re driving to Whitireia Park turn off SH1 at Porirua and follow Titahi Bay Road and the signage will get you there. Alternatively you can take a No 220 bus from Porirua Station to the terminus at Onepoto Road where you can follow the coastal walkway onto Te Onepoto Loop Track.
For Battle Hill, turn off SH58 at Pāuatahanui onto the Paekākāriki Hill Road and drive 6km. Alternatively, turn off SH1 at Plimmerton onto Grays Rd, then turn left at the end onto Paekākāriki Hill Rd.
Get the day off to a good start with morning tea or brunch. Pay a visit to Titahi Bay’s new eatery T Bay Café for either cabinet or off-the-menu food and coffee, or enjoy coffee, smoothies and tasty treats at Get Fixed Bicycles where you can pull up a bean bag and relax with views from Porirua’s beautiful harbour’s edge.
With 180 hectares of grassland, native bush, and coastal tracks, Whitireia Park is the perfect location for your outdoors fix.
Take the kids fishing off the rocks, check out rock pools, take a dip in the water, walk around the headland or ride your bikes along the coastal tracks and soak up the commanding views of Mana Island and Porirua Harbour.
On the way back from Whitireia Park swing by Fryday Donuts food truck for your donut hit. There are flavours galore, like banoffee, lemon zest, maple and bacon, apple cinnamon, Reese’s peanut butter, cookies and cream, vanilla glaze as well as the good old original sugar and cinnamon.
If donuts aren’t your thing, try a superfood smoothie, a savoury burger or frybread instead.
Go in to Battle
If you still have time (and energy), head to nearby Battle Hill Farm Forest Park for a leisurely stroll through grassy farmland and up to the summit where you’ll be rewarded with great views across Pāuatahanui.
Along the way you'll be guided by signage detailing the historic 1848 battle between Ngāti Toa Māori and early colonial forces, see important historical sites, and meet grazing sheep, cattle, deer and chickens as you meander. Take a dip in the stream and give the kids some food to feed the friendly eels while you’re there!
To round off the day, stop in at Pātaka Art + Museum, a contemporary art gallery and museum dedicated to Māori, Pacific and Aotearoa New Zealand culture.
The museum and gallery are home to plenty of curious intricacies, cabinets of fine and fancy jewellery, walls of prints, fabric works, photographs and paintings.
There’s even a specific children’s gallery space – using colourful wall murals, objects from Pātaka’s history collection and interactive games Te Awarua-o-Porirua explores what life was like for the people and creatures who have lived here.
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