Porirua - A great place to live

This page gives you an overview of some of the things that make Porirua a great place to live.

City Centre workers enjoying a coffee and a chat.
City Centre workers enjoying a coffee and a chat.

Porirua offers fantastic lifestyle opportunities thanks to the city’s beautiful harbour environment and surrounding rural aspect.

Only 20 minutes by car or train from downtown Wellington, Porirua City’s housing market offers excellent value for money, whether buying a house for the first time, or looking for a spacious, family-friendly home or comfortable executive living. Life in Porirua is described by its residents as ‘easy going’ and ‘laid back’.

Coastal and rural living

The city has 54 kilometres of varied coastline and two harbours, and is 81 per cent rural, so most homes enjoy views of the sea or countryside and the most stunning sunsets!

Access to the city’s many beaches, parks and reserves is close by and shopping in the CBD couldn’t be easier, with no congestion and ample parking.

Porirua comprises a series of ‘villages’, each with its own landscape and character. These thriving communities quickly give newcomers a sense of belonging through friendly neighbours, active school communities, and the huge choice of sports, cultural clubs and other activities.


One of the key strengths of Porirua CBD lies in the unique recreational and cultural attraction Pataka Art and Museum.

Pataka is widely recognised as a leading gallery for Maori, Pacific and New Zealand contemporary art. Housed alongside the gallery is the Porirua Library, a boutique cafe' offering views of a Japaneses garden, and community meeting facilities. Also located within the CBD is the Te Rauparaha Arena, a complex that comprises the Aquatic Centre, Fitness Centre, and the Arena itself with two large indoor sports and events halls. The Arena is constantly in use for recreation programmes for young and old, sports training and competitions, and community and cultural events. 

Work/life balance

In Porirua, locals value their close proximity to the bright lights of cosmopolitan Wellington City for when they’re in the mood – but they choose to live in a relaxed refuge away from the rat race.

Porirua’s and Kapiti’s combined population is projected to grow the fastest in the Wellington region.

With excellent national and global connections via road, rail, air and fast fibre, and an acknowledged position as one of the world’s most liveable communities (International LivCom Awards, Chicago, November 2010), Porirua delivers the ideal work/life balance.

Links to more information

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