Top 5 Porirua Trails
Whether you’re up for an invigorating amble through native bush, a casual weekend wander with your dog, or an uphill ride or climb rewarded by epic views, you’ll find all of this and more in Porirua. Take your pick from our top five family-friendly trails below, tick one off your list, then re-energise with some local coffee and kai.
1. Te Ara a Rangituhi
Wind your way through this stunning 110-hectare reserve on a cluster of walking and biking trails through lowland native forest. Adventure all the way from Titahi Bay to Ohariu Valley along mixed terrain and take in amazing views that stretch all the way from the Kaikōura Ranges to Mount Taranaki.
If it's a shorter walk you're after, or you just want to show-off your hometown to visiting friends, then Colonial Knob Walkway is the ideal place to start. Set your heart racing up several hundred steps, then pause to soak up sweeping views across the Porirua region.
3. Puketiro Loop
If you want to show-off your hometown to visiting friends and family, the Puketiro Loop - also located in Battle Hill Farm Forest Park - is the ideal place to start. Saddle up a horse, lace up your shoes, or get your mountain bike at the ready, then weave uphill through mature pine forests to the summit - you'll be greeted with panoramic views across Pāuatahanui inlet and towards the South Island.
5. Spicer Trail
Pop your dog on a leash and head off on one of the region’s newest walking and mountain biking tracks. Spicer Trail is a great spot to hone your rookie riding skills, stretch your legs a little or link up with other trails in the area, including the Te Ara Tai Tonga trail.
Get your gear
Want to hire a mountain bike, get your own gear tuned-up, or head off on a guided trail tour? Hit up the friendly team at Get Fixed Bicycles in Porirua for expert advice, mechanics and maintenance, and lots of tips on riding in the local area.
If you’re looking for transport to the start of your next trail ride, local company Ride the Dirt will take you to the top of your favourite hills and be there to pick you up at the bottom. And if you want to squeeze in more than one run, they’ll be happy to rinse and repeat.
Refresh, Refuel and Re-energise
Need a good strong locally-brewed coffee to fuel your next trail adventure? Make a beeline for Local Authority - Porirua’s leading authority on the freshest grind. You’ll find cabinet treats, a tasty toast menu and other seasonal to set you up for your walk or ride.
If you’re after a takeaway lunch to tuck away for later, FILO offers a range of healthy salads, filos and other options ideal for on-the-go outdoor explorers.
Finish your trail excursion with a cold beverage, brunch or lunch at Peppermill in Porirua’s CBD. Choose from your favourite humble pub and cafe classics, and a selection of cold beers.
Stay and play a while
Keen to make Porirua your base for a night (or few)? There’s plenty of accommodation options in the local area with friendly hosts who are happy to store your trail riding and hiking equipment. This includes recently opened The Post Hotel, Mana Motel, Spinnaker Motel, Moana Lodge and 5 Diamond Belmont Motor Lodge.