1. Hike to the summit at Colonial Knob (1-2 hours one way)
The Colonial Knob Scenic Reservehas three walking tracks, two of which reach the summitby passing through native forest and farmland. Both the Summit Track and The Broken Hill Track takes 1-2 hours one way. You’ll be rewarded with views over the city and Cook Strait (the ocean between the North Island and South Island).
Location: Broken Hill Road,Colonial Knob Scenic Reserve
2. Adrenalin Forest
Everyone knows that a good way to spend the day is to hang around in the trees! Adrenalin Forest is here to serve with this aerial obstacle course reaching 31-metres high. Swing, zipline and climb your way through the forest.
Location: The park is on Okowai Road, opposite Aotea College.
3. Take the coastal Wairaka Walkway (4 hours oneway)
Explore the coast betweenPukerua Bay and Plimmerton! Clear days give views of Kapiti Island. Return to the start point by the train betweenPukerua Bay and Plimmerton.
New Zealand’s longest indoor track is at North City Raceway. Grab a few mates and get your race on!
Location: Raiha St, Elsdon
5. Pirates Cove mini-golf
Good, simple fun. We’re not judging here: play an 18 hole round of mini-golf with waterfalls, caves and even a pirate ship! Woo!
6. Play real golf
For those too good for mini-golf, check out some of the real golf courses scattered around the Porirua district.
Location: Titahi Bay, Judgeford atPauatahanui, andPauatahanui atPaekakariki Hill Road.
7. Whitireia Park
You’ll find some good beaches, especially for aswim in summer. Whitireia Park is also home to the 2-hour Onepoto loop track around the park which offers incredible views of the small bay. Our tip: Time your hike with the sunset! (And pack a torchlight…)
Location: Whitireia Road, Titahi Bay
8. Go to the movies
There are two cinemas in Porirua, the Readings Cinema and the Lighthouse Theatre. The Lighthouse Theatreis one of the oldest cinemas in New Zealand and the first one to serve food and drinks along with your movie.
Location:Readings Cinema,upstairs in North City Shopping Centre and Lighthouse Theatre onPaekakariki Hill Road.
9. New Zealand Police Museum
This one is an acquired taste, but if you are interested in law enforcement in New Zealand then the New Zealand Police Museum is the place to be. Admission is free!
Location: Papakowhai Rd,Papakowhai
10. Aotea Lagoon
Locals love the Aotea Lagoon, whether it’s to run laps of the lagoon or feed the ducks. But if you’re staying a while in Porirua, then Aotea Lagoon is a picture-perfect place to relax.
Location: A few minutes north of Porirua City on State Highway 1