Guide12 Hours Porirua

If you're visiting Porirua for a day trip, we have the best things to see, eat and do in 12 hours in this Wellington suburb.  

A woman looking out towards Porirua.

Your guide to the best things to do in Porirua

Just twenty minutes north of Wellington, Porirua is probably most famous for being home to the Whittakers chocolate factory since 1969. However, Porirua is also home to plenty of beautiful walking tracks, outdoor activities, neat cafés, and food trucks and the renowned Pātaka Art + Museum. Here's our guide to the neatest places of Porirua.


Wake up at The Post Hotel

3 Serlby Place, Porirua

A newly refurbished hotel inside the old post office building, The Post is a lovely place to wake up in. The light, bright and airy apartment-style rooms (there are 36 in total), have been refreshingly decorated in a modern style. If you fancy treating yourself, the concierge can have a bouquet of Mavis and Fox Blooms delivered to your room before you arrive. How sweet is that?

A bed inside The Post Hotel



Dinner at Tuk Tuk Thai Restaurant

15 Hartham Place North, Porirua

A popular restaurant, Tuk Tuk provides its customers with delicious Thai food without having to leave Porirua for the big smoke. The owner's intention is for Tuk Tuk Thai to be the central connection for people to meet from the likes of Kapiti Coast, Hutt City, and Wellington and have a great night out. In terms of meals, crowd favourites are the Pad Thai and green curry. Every now and then they roll out a crispy pork dish which is also a big hit with locals.

All Guides