12 Hours Porirua

A flatlay of food and coffee at Local Authority cafe.
Your guide to the best things to do in Porirua

Louis by Louis Sergeant

Man holding wooden board with three french pastries from Louis by Louis Sergeant in Porirua.
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A household name in Wellington for as long as anyone can remember, the Louis Sergeant brand continues to make its presence felt across the region.

Little Green Olive

Little Green Olive exterior.
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A compact but beautiful coffee spot perched on Mana Esplanade in Porirua, Little Green Olive offers superb views along with a range of filling snacks and coffee with a conscience.

Te Ara Piko Walkway

Someone cycling on the boardwalk part of Te Ara Piko Walkway, Porirua.
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The Te Ara Piko pathway offers one of the best long walks in the Porirua region, taking you along the entire northern side of the Pāuatahanui inlet across diverse and stunning terrain.

Aloha Friday

Exterior of Aloha Friday, Porirua.
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A homely little spot where the locals come to kōrero, Aloha Friday perfectly epitomises the character of Titahi Bay - fitting, then, that it sits right on the beach’s doorstep.

t bay café

Man holding a plate of hotcakes with berries from t bay cafe, Porirua.
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Starting out as a project to bring a much-needed eatery to Porirua’s Titahi Bay, t bay café now serves as a cornerstone of the local community, bringing its residents and visitors together.

Blue Bell Club

Pasifika artwork and items on shelves at Blue Bell Club, Porirua.
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Venture out to Porirua’s harbourside and it won’t be long before you’re drawn in by the colours of the Blue Bell Club, a vibrant splash of Pasifika right on the water’s edge.

Gear Eatery and Bar

Exterior of Gear Eatery and Bar, Porirua.
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A building with a past as colourful as the walls within, Gear Eatery and Bar is the latest reincarnation of the majestic Gear Homestead, perhaps one of Porirua’s most...

Get Fixed Bicycle Café

Interior of bike shop at Get Fixed Bicycle Cafe, Porirua.
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An incredibly family-friendly spot with harbourside views, there are few better places in Porirua to while away an hour or two. Get on your bike, and find out for yourself what makes Get Fixed so special.

Nish Café

View of coffee machine and menu on the wall.
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A small, modest spot in the heart of the Whitby shopping precinct, Nish Café may look unassuming but it packs a whole lot of heart.

Pāuatahanui Wildlife Reserve

Wild grass.
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Originally developed as a sanctuary for birds and other creatures populating the area, the Pāuatahanui Wildlife Reserve doubles as a quiet retreat for humans as well.

Greedy and Co.

Customer at Greedy and Co. caravan.
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More often than not, keeping it simple has the most impact. In introducing a caffeine culture to Pukerua Bay, this is exactly what Greedy and Co.

Tuk Tuk Thai Kitchen

Dining area at Tuk Tuk Thai.
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Aside from serving excellent food, Tuk Tuk Thai has one clear goal: to make customers feel like they’re in Thailand without even leaving Porirua.

7 Best Porirua Walks and Where to Treat Yourself Afterwards

Pukerua Bay in Porirua.
Explore the great outdoors (and hospitality) with these walks in the Porirua region.

Moore Wilson's Porirua

Bakery counter at Moore Wilson's.
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An institution and a household name in Wellington, not many people know that Moore Wilson’s is also a stalwart of Porirua’s grocery scene.

Topor Bistro

Exterior sign at Topor.
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Those clued up on Polish cuisine will feel right at home at Topor Bistro with a menu featuring the classics: dig into all the pierogi, bigos, and golabki.

Pukerua Bay

View of the bay with hills behind.
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Looking for a beachside walk that’s not like the others? Hidden gem Pukerua Bay is exactly what you’re looking for.

Plimmerton Kombucha

Woman holding kombucha bottle.
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Plimmerton Kombucha is delivering super delicious kombucha and teaching others the art.

What To Eat In Porirua

Artwork on the wall above table at Gear Eatery, Porirua.
Whether you want a laidback brekkie at a beachside café or tasty burgers at a historical homestead, there's much to feast on in Porirua.

Backyard Café

Wooden tables and hanging pot plants.
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Backyard Café in Porirua knows that seed shopping isn’t complete without some coffee and scones on the side.

Escarpment Track

Woman looks out at the view.
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Escarpment Walk is a beautiful coastal trail that boasts stunning views of the Kapiti Coast nearly all the way through.

Plimmerton Fish Supply

Woman eating fish and chips.
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Every happy neighbourhood needs a good fish and chip spot to hangout at, so lucky for Plimmerton locals that exists in the form of Plimmerton Fish Supply.

Reds Hairdressing

Woman using colour dye in bowls.
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This salon has been on the receiving end of many local and national awards, and is something of a community hub.

Rangituhi Colonial Knob

The view from the top.
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If you’re feeling like working up a sweat, and gyms have never been your thing, then set your sights on a big old stroll up Rangituhi.

The Big Salami

Red car in a cafe
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The Big Salami is where locals come to get super tasty pizza, coffee on the go and sweet slices like you remember from your childhood days.

Te Rauparaha Arena

Arena with a Maori sculpture out the front.
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Te Rauparaha Arena is the space to come when you feel like moving your body.

The Settlement

Two people sitting at a bar leaner chatting.
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Meredith and James make an effort to keep things feeling good at The Settlement, and the fortnightly scone gathering for all residents means networking happens naturally here.

The Little Goat

People sat on the benches outside The Little Goat in Porirua.
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Once a travelling food truck, The Little Goat is now set firmly in its little spot, serving delicious fare based on Mediterranean recipes.

Café Kaizen

Cafe patrons enjoying a meal and coloured stained glass window behind.
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Café Kaizen is the kind of well-oiled machine that you can tell has been a locals favourite hangout for a long time.

Adrenalin Forest Wellington

Person walking on rope.
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If you’re a seeker of thrills, you’ll likely have a lot of fun at aptly named Adrenalin Forest in Porirua.

Local Authority

Coffee signs outside on the pavement.
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Less about enforcing rules and more about creating a chill place to enjoy good coffee and food, Local Authority is a pocket-sized coffee spot that packs a punch.

Light House Cinema Pauatahanui

Exterior of the cinema building.
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Light House Pauatahanui is the only independent movie spot for some miles around.

Pātaka Art + Museum

White gallery with art on the walls.
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Pātaka Art + Museum is a true gem in the crown that is the valuable resource of Porirua art and history.

Samoa's Finest

Exterior of Samoa's Finest.
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If you’ve called Samoa home at some point in your life then this place is undoubtedly going to stir up all kinds of nostalgia.

Battle Hill Farm Forest Park

Red sheds and rolling hills.
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About 500 hectares make up the rolling hills of the Forest Park and a range of walking tracks take you through fields and along stream beds.

Whitireia Park

Grassland and hills overlooking the sea.
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Take a breather from the city and recenter yourself in a picturesque spot that has million dollar views every way you look.