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WellingtonGrandma
Wellington39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Porirua is a city on the edge of the seathe country, the hills, the city and its 20kms North of the capital city of Wellington. It's a city of villages and a natural gateway to the Kapiti Coast, the Wairarapa, Wellington and the South Island.
Plimmerton for example is a gem of a village. Friendly locals, village cafes,easy access to sandy beaches and views of Cook Strait. There are easily accessible bush tracks, coastal walks and cycle ways but you don't need to be a mountain goat to enjoy them.
There's seafront accommodation which is hard to beat.
You can step back into history at Mainline Steam with its majestic steam engines just opposite the railway station. Even the station itself is currently being restored by local volunteers. There are great shops, cafes &a local art gallery. You can play golf and get a lesson for less than $40.00 or borrow tennis raquets, play squash or croquet . We did a fishing trip in Cook Strait which was magic.
For a change you can head off for 6kms to Pauahatanui at the head of the estuary. Here there's a wonderful historic church, a wildlife reserve and an art house cinema or you can explore Battle Hill with its model farm, The drive to the top of the Paekakariki Hill is breathtaking.
Porirua offers something for everyone with a bustling City centre, a great museum called Pataka and peaceful villages all close to Wellington City. There's a commuter rail service which goes in to the centre and the Westpac Stadium, a great way to get to any event being held there. Stay out of town - and enjoy a touch of real New Zealand.
Written July 25, 2010
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127doris
Porirua, New Zealand6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Couples
Drive to the end of Onepoto Road where there is a large car park, also public toilets.
From here you can take a short - or long walk - on a good track - first alongside some of the boat sheds and then the harbour itself. This walk is good any time of day, especially when blowing a strong Northerly as it is sheltered from this. Soon you reach a lagoon that has a good track around it and small bridge. There are information boards just past the bridge showing other tracks, times etc. You can continue from here on around the harbour past the anchored yachts, or if you have reasonable fitness up and over the hill to the beaches on the other side. What makes the walk interesting is the birds, boats, kayaks and wakas on the harbour, also trains and traffic across the harbour. Some people walk their dogs along the tracks too. All ages walk here. Enjoy the beautiful Porirua Harbour, as a family, teens, couples, friends or solo. The length of visit is up to you, 20 minutes to half a day, depending when you turn around to come back. You can take snacks and/or water, or on a nice day a picnic lunch, seated on grassy ground. Up to you.
Written November 15, 2016
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Heather R
Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Family
Always home. On a nice day the blue harbour looks stunning as it spreads out towards Porirua City, parallel to the motorway, and also fills the wide Pauatahanui basin. Surrounded by hills and dotted with houses, the Porirua Harbour is a wonderful playground for humans as well as animals and birds. Porirua Harbour's eastern side has a coastal walk, as well as the Camborne Walkway from Paremata beach, along the water's edge track then along boardwalks and walking tracks to Pauatahanui Wildlife Reserve. Porirua Harbour - a beautiful place, with amazing sunsets too.
Written March 16, 2015
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beanb41
Wellington, New Zealand10,624 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Friends
Recent newspaper reports on the condition of Porirua harbour are that the harbour is now so polluted it is unsafe to swim in. This is a tragic state of events and the local city and Regional Councils need to take action to clean it up
Written May 28, 2013
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Keith C
Warminster, UK1,056 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Couples
This must be one of the most underrated and under-appreciated gems in the Wellington region. The Harbour provides a mixture of cultural, recreational and ecological opportunities rarely seen in such a concentrated area. Porirua Harbour is the home of Ngati Toa Rangatira and the haka 'Ka mate'. Takapuwahia Marae is one street back from the harbour that attracted the iwi here in the early 1800s. Most days you will see youth out on the harbour practicing their waka ama skills. Receationally, the Harbour is centre for small dinghy sailing, kayaking, wind and kite surfing, power-boating, long boarding, fishing and cockle gathering. The Harbour is also accessible through a network of walkways, that continue to grow in number. Find one of the many hills with a viewing opportunity and the Harbour vistas are truly amazing. Ecologically, the Harbour is home to many nationally and internationally significant shorebirds and the nationally significant Pauatahanui Wildlife Reserve, befitting the largest estuary in the lower North Island.
The Harbour has been challenged by land development and rapid urban growth in recent decades, but adverse affects are now being reversed through the award-winning Porirua Harbour and Catchment Strategy and Action Plan. The locals are fiercely protective of this hidden (or not-so-hidden) gem.
Written December 6, 2014
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Kerploppus
Lower Hutt, New Zealand19 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2013
The south arm (on which the Porirua city centre is located) is built around (housing or roading) over much of its length and is not particularly attractive, for swimming, wildlife or its natural beauty,. The north arm, at the Pauatahanui end is likewise built around much of its length, but retains mudflats, swamp and thus interesting birdlife. Someone (DOC?) has provided boardwalks and hides from which birdlife can be observed undisturbed. There are also picnic areas on this arm, suitable for lainching wind surfers etc, and swimming
Written January 28, 2013
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Taani
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Family
Awesome walking area with great views. Great walks for all ages. Easy to let the young ones go as you can see them while walking with the older ones.

Gotta do it
Written August 18, 2019
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walkingholiday
Porirua, New Zealand375 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Friends
Its the place to hang, just order some fish and chips from the locals and sit on the grass and watch the world go by including the jetskis and all the rowers as well.
Written March 21, 2019
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Keith C
Warminster, UK1,056 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Business
Great views. Great colours (on a fine day). Can get close to harbour in the car. Great backgrounds (hills and housing). Plenty of on water activity. A couple of good safe beaches (Dolly Varden & Plimmerton). Plenty of local cafes and the North City Mall. Pity about the obstructing rail line. Plenty of extraordinary lookouts (Cambourne, Baxters Knob [Aotea] and Whitby).
Its the largest estuary in the lower North Island and services a catchment of 80,000 people.
Written December 8, 2018
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Alipa50
Wellington, New Zealand1,627 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Friends
The water was duty and polluted. Even the ducks in a little stream looked unhappy. We walked around the south end of the harbour and the walk was pleasant with nice views but not somewhere I would recommend to visitors as a must see.
Written March 3, 2017
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