Discover the best places to eat, drink, shop and explore in Porirua with our guide.
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The Cake Café Plimmerton
Baked goods and beaches are two of the best things about Wellington, and you can find both in close proximity in a cosy corner of Plimmerton.
If there’s anything better than an Indian restaurant, it’s one with an Indian grocery conveniently attached to it.
Located just 35 minutes from central Wellington, atop the picturesque Paekākāriki Hill, Tunapo Escape is a tiny house getaway that provides an escape in every sense of the word.
Is there an eatery in Porirua with a view better than the one at Supply Room? You’d be hard pressed to find one.
Bringing a vibrant splash of Pacific colour to Porirua, Panikeke is a lively little gift shop that aims to highlight and celebrate the local Pasifika community.
A former top-six contestant on Masterchef New Zealand and a self-confessed fitness aficionado, there’s no doubt Sushil Ravikumar knows his stuff when it comes to...
Karehana Bay Beach
Tucked away in a small nook on the north-western end of Plimmerton, Karehana Bay is often overlooked by visitors to Porirua.
Little City Kombucha
For a brand that’s all about minimising its impact on the environment, Little City Kombucha is certainly making a splash from its very own slice of Porirua.
Rising from the ashes of - literally - an abandoned brewery in Lower Hutt, Abandoned Brewery is doing its part to put Porirua on the map as a top beer lover’s destination.
Enjoy Store in Plimmerton, Porirua, is a curation of thoughtfully selected homewares and children’s clothing, all chosen to bring joy to our everyday lives.
The Beer Engine
Titahi Bay is turning out to be a thriving, buzzing corner of Porirua, and The Beer Engine might just be one of the venues to keep powering it forward.
The Karaage Kid
A plucky little outfit that packs plenty of punch, The Karaage Kid - brought to you by the team behind Dirty Burger - is out to serve a hearty dose of Asian fusion goodness...
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The Regal Shortbread Co.
The Regal Shortbread Co. is a micro-bakery in Whitby specialising in decadent, high-end shortbread - six decadent flavours to be exact.
Louis by Louis Sergeant
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.
A homely little spot where the locals come to kōrero, Aloha Friday perfectly epitomises the character of Tītahi Bay—fitting, then, that it's right on the beach’s doorstep.
Te Ara Piko Walkway
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.
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Blue Bell Club
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.
Get Fixed Bicycle Café
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.
t bay café
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.
Little Green Olive
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.
Pāuatahanui Wildlife Reserve
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.
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.
Greedy and Co.
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
Aside from serving excellent food, Tuk Tuk Thai Kitchen has one clear goal: to make customers feel like they’re in Thailand, without having to leave Porirua.
Those clued up on Polish cuisine will feel right at home at Topor Bistro, with a menu featuring the classics: dig in to pierogi, bigos, and golabki.
Moore Wilson's Porirua
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.
Looking for a beachside walk that’s not like the others? Hidden gem Pukerua Bay is exactly what you’re after.
This salon has been on the receiving end of many local and national awards, and is something of a community hub.
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The Big Salami
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.
Backyard Café in Porirua knows that plant shopping isn’t complete without a coffee and scone on the side.
Plimmerton Fish Supply
Every happy neighbourhood needs a good fish and chip spot to hang out at, and for lucky Plimmerton locals that exists in the form of Plimmerton Fish Supply.
Escarpment Walk is a beautiful coastal trail that boasts stunning views of the Kāpiti Coast nearly all the way through.
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Te Rauparaha Arena
Te Rauparaha Arena is the place to come when you feel like moving your body.
The Little Goat
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 is the kind of well-oiled machine that you can tell has been a locals' favourite hangout for a long time.
Adrenalin Forest Wellington
If you’re a seeker of thrills, you’ll likely have a lot of fun at the aptly named Adrenalin Forest in Porirua.
Light House Cinema Pauatahanui
Light House Cinema Pauatahanui is the only independent movie spot for some miles around.
Pātaka Art + Museum
Pātaka Art + Museum is a true gem in the crown that is the valuable resource of Porirua art and history.
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.
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
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.
Take a breather from the city and recentre yourself in this picturesque spot that has million-dollar views in every direction.
Rangituhi Colonial Knob
If you feel like working up a sweat, and gyms have never been your thing, then set your sights on a big old stroll up Rangituhi.