Suggested One Day Itineraries in Porirua City
This page has suggested one day itineraries for visitors to Porirua City.
Day 1 Itinerary
Start your day exploring the wonderful Pataka Museum of Arts and Cultures located on the corner of Norrie and Parumoana Streets, which showcases leading contemporary New Zealand art including Maori and Pacific Island artists with practical art and history programmes both for adults and children throughout the year. Allow at least 1-2 hours.
Enjoy lunch at Pataka’s Kaizen Café, the Peppermill or Denny’s Family restaurant.
Visit the Porirua Hospital Museum located on the Porirua Hospital grounds in Kenepuru Drive housed in the oldest surviving building of the Porirua lunatic asylum (opens only on a Tuesday), allow at least 1 hour. Another option is the Police Museum at the Royal New Zealand Police College in Papakowhai, then finish off your afternoon with some late shopping at the many shops in the North City Mall or the larger stores at the Megacentre.
Reading Cinemas has the latest movies out for the whole family to enjoy. Or try the Lighthouse Theatre in Pauatahanui for a more refined movie experience.
Day 2 Itinerary
Visit the Police Museum or Pirates Cove Adventure Golf. Ideal for inquisitive or adventurous children.
Indulge in a delicious lunch at one of Plimmerton's seaside cafes, or if you’re on a tight budget there are options galore from cafes to local bakeries in the city centre, where you will find some fulfilling delights.
Porirua is known for its outdoor activities and beaches. Enjoy a late afternoon walk on Titahi Bay beach then take a short drive up to Richard Street lookout for amazing ocean views of the bay. For fitter people, there is a steep climb through native bush on a well-formed track to Colonial Knob for 360 degree views of the city, across Cook Strait and the mountains to the east (allow 2 - 3 hours). You could also plan a visit to the Pauatahanui Wildlife Management Reserve to observe the birdlife.
If you’re a night owl, Pirates Cove golf course is open until late, a great activity for anyone at any age. Weather permitting.
Or get your blood rushing at the Adrenalin Forest during the summer evenings.
Day 3 Itinerary
Take the whole family to the Strike Entertainment Centre, an indoor bowling alley in Kenepuru Drive where the whole family can relax and have a good time, lots of fun for anyone at any age. There is also a cafe located onsite where you can grab something to eat.
Have a swim at the Arena Aquatic Centre at the Te Rauparaha Arena - a must do if you have children. The centre consists of a lane pool, leisure pool with waves, steam room, sauna, spa pools, hydroslide and toddler’s pool. Fantastic fun for the children, and a lovely place for adults to relax while the kids go wild!
Finish the day by taking the whole family to North City Indoor raceway. They cater for kids as well as adults, and they have circuit times to suit any budget. Located on Raiha Street and it is open until 10 pm.