Top 10 Things to do in Porirua, North Island

Discover the best top things to do in Porirua, New Zealand including Colonial Knob Walk, New Zealand Police Museum, Whitireia Park, Battle Hill Farm Forest Park, Pataka Art + Museum, Te Rauparaha Arena, Ara Harakeke Walk, Ngati Toa Domain, Camborne Walkway, Rangituhi Trail Park.

1. Colonial Knob Walk

Broken Hill Road | Colonial Knob Scenic Reserve, Porirua, New Zealand Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks, Hiking Trails
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4.5 based on 17 reviews

Colonial Knob Walk

Always check the website for changes that might affect your trip.

Reviewed By Kirstyblueeyes - Masterton, Wellington, New ZealandMasterton, Wellington, New Zealand

Te Atawai - best downhill forest track I've found in Wellington

For the past few weeks I've been exploring the Colonial Knob walks and today came across the Te Atawai forest walk. Wow! This is definitely one of the best forest walks in Wellington and an added bonus is it's all downhill. Granted you have to walk uphill

2. New Zealand Police Museum

The Royal NZ Police College Campus | Papakowhai Rd, Porirua, New Zealand Museums, Specialty Museums
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4.5 based on 50 reviews

New Zealand Police Museum

Free general admission, guided tours $5 adults, $3 children and senior citizens, interactive crime-solving puzzles and dress-ups for children. Toilets inside the museum, wheelchair access, parking, gift shop. 2 minute drive off State Highway 1 and 20 minute drive from central Wellington.

Reviewed By 822gemmar - Wellington, New ZealandWellington, New Zealand

highly enjoyed.

This is a free activity that our family really enjoyed. easy parking, and good view of Aotea Lagoon on the way in. You can dress up in all the police uniforms and play a detective. The actual displays are really interesting and eye catching. We also found

3. Whitireia Park

| Titahi Bay, Porirua, New Zealand Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks, Hiking Trails, Nature & Wildlife Areas, Other Nature & Parks More
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4.5 based on 22 reviews

Whitireia Park

Reviewed By Anne D

A hairy drive, but well worth it.

A real local beauty spot, with fabulous views. The road through to the coast is quite narrow and a bit winding, especially if there's something big coming the other way! Lovely for the kids, and bring the dog as well. Good picnic place and there are toile

4. Battle Hill Farm Forest Park

610 Paekakariki Hill Road, Porirua 5381, New Zealand Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Forests, Battlefields More
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4.5 based on 23 reviews

Battle Hill Farm Forest Park

Reviewed By Elizabeth-Therese - londonlondon

A little hidden germ

If you want to experience a little of kiwi wilderness, you got to come to this place and spending a relaxing day checking out the old sheep yard, the little house and the vegetation around and the little stream running through the property.There are some

5. Pataka Art + Museum

17 Parumoana Street, Porirua 5022, New Zealand Museums, Specialty Museums
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4.5 based on 23 reviews

Pataka Art + Museum

A museum and art gallery only 15 minutes north of Wellington, PATAKA is dedicated to celebrating our heritage & specialises in showcasing Maori, Pacific Island, New Zealand, Asian and international contemporary art & culture. PATAKA has five main galleries with over 14 major exhibitions annually. Enjoy a coffee at the cafe while relaxing beside our Japanese garden. Be inspired, stimulate your creativity or let us tempt you with a gift from our shop.

Reviewed By marlainac2015 - New Plymouth, New ZealandNew Plymouth, New Zealand

Contemporary artists, indigenous artists you have it all

Contemporary, postmodernism,indigenous artists you have it all. From Lorraine Rastorfer, Julie Nagam and many others. Artistic Jewlery pieces which some you can purchase. It reminds me of my B A honours degree, the all time question what is art? The sayin

6. Te Rauparaha Arena

17 Parumoana Street, Porirua 5022, New Zealand Sights & Landmarks, Arenas & Stadiums
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4.5 based on 9 reviews

Reviewed By Robert F - Cornwall, United KingdomCornwall, United Kingdom

The busiest indoor pool I've ever seen

A huge, irregular, warm, shallow pool for youngsters - complete with a long water-slide, still and fast-flowing areas and occasional wave machine. The kids absolutely loved it.Also, a large rectangular pool with lanes for different speed lap swimming and,

7. Ara Harakeke Walk

South Beach Road, Plimmerton, Porirua 5026, New Zealand Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks, Hiking Trails
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4 based on 1 reviews

Ara Harakeke Walk

Reviewed By platypus150 - Melbourne, AustraliaMelbourne, Australia

Flax Pathway

This walk follows the railway line and sea coast for 13.5 km if you walk the full length. Given the proximity to the railway line, you can do it in stages if the full length is too far. I walked from Plimmerton railway station to Paremata. The path is wel

8. Ngati Toa Domain

6h Pascoe Ave, Mana, Porirua 5026, New Zealand Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities, Biking Trails, Bodies of Water, Historic Sites More
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4.5 based on 12 reviews

Ngati Toa Domain

Reviewed By wendhmagz - Waihi, New ZealandWaihi, New Zealand

Fabulous spot

This great venue is located on State Highway 1 at Mana just north of Wellington. It hosts many different sports including rugby, soccer, cricket, yachting, fishing swimming, etc. There’s also an area set aside for freedom camping where we caravanned on a

9. Camborne Walkway

Mana Esplanade | Other Access From Grays Road, Porirua, New Zealand Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks, Hiking Trails, Beaches More
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5 based on 2 reviews

Camborne Walkway

Reviewed By WellingtonJen - Porirua, New ZealandPorirua, New Zealand

Favourite walk

This is our favourite local walk. A lovely variety of beach, boatsheds, and Bush. The beach is a family favourite with shallow water perfect for young children always something to see with kayakers, jetskiers, paddle boarders. Toilet available at both end

10. Rangituhi Trail Park

Raiha Street, Porirua 5022, New Zealand Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks, Biking Trails, Hiking Trails, Jogging Paths & Tracks More
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5 based on 5 reviews

Rangituhi Trail Park

Mountain bike, running and walking trails catering to beginner through to expert riders. As of 2016 we have around 7km of flowing MTB singletrack as part of a wider walking and 4WD trail network. The 470m altitude summit provides stunning harbour, island and mountain views. The trails traverse deep native bush, pine forest, gum tree glads and open grassland. 20 mins drive from Wellington.

Reviewed By PlimmiViews - Wellington, New ZealandWellington, New Zealand

Fun trails for all abilities

well designed trails, easy to access from Wellington or Porirua, will be even better when the next lot of planed trails are built. Spicer Link, Doctor and Tumeke trails make a nice easy to intermediate loop

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