Beaches

Join us for a day at the beach – we have seven to choose from here in Porirua City. Take your pick.

Seaside summer Access to seven sandy beaches? Tick. Cafés, fish‘n’chip shops and fun in the waves? Tick. Just a 20-minute drive from Wellington City? All the ticks!

Ivey and Browns Bay, Paremata

A perfect spot in Porirua City. Cruise around the inlet towards Pāuatahanui and you’ll pass Ivey Bay and Browns Bay, two safe, shallow paddling beaches on mud flats, perfect for those sunny days.

  • swimming (perfect for young children as there is a mud bottom)
  • picnics (there is also a great coffee cart in Browns Bay)
  • kayaking and launching small boats
  • exploring the mudflats at low tide

Drive around the inlet towards Pāuatahanui on Paremata Road, Mana, click here for google maps. Drive further along Paremata Road to reach Browns Bay.



Mana Island

Mana Island

A day trip to the predator-free Mana Island is a fun adventure for the whole whānau. Experience the island’s wildlife and learn about the ongoing restoration work, all this with unbeatable views to Kāpiti Island and the South Island! manaisland.org.nz


Karehana Bay

This beach in Plimmerton is a mix of sand and rock pools and a much-loved safe swimming spot for families. About 4km drive from the Plimmerton turnoff, this is a small, sandy beach with toilets/changing facilities at its northern end.

  • swimming
  • sailing
  • launching a boat

Onehunga, Whitireia Park

With some of the most breathtaking views all the way to the South Island, this beach is one of Porirua City’s best-kept secrets (whoops, secret’s out). A safe, flat beach that is easily accessible for everyone.

  • swimming
  • snorkelling
  • windsurfing
  • kite surfing
  • stand up paddle boarding
  • fishing
  • picnics
  • walking and mountain biking


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Strolls at the Inlet

With its meandering walkway that is safe and accessible, it’s easy to get close to nature at the Pāuatahanui Inlet. The wildlife reserve is home to native plants and birds and you may even spot a mud crab in the water!


Paremata Beach (aka Dolly Varden Beach)

Close to the main highway at Paremata this beach is very popular as a launching pad for water sports.

  • swimming (and jumping off the short jetty)
  • picnics
  • walking along the beach
  • water sports (there’s a public boat launching facility on the north side)

Plimmerton Beach

Just a short stroll from the Plimmerton railway station, this beach is very popular in summer and for anyone looking for some peace and tranquility.

  • swimming (particularly for families with young children)
  • windsurfing (with a dedicated area at the southern end)
  • walking the length of the beach
  • watching the sunset (with fish and chips from the local chippy)


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Fun with eFoiling

An eFoil is a surfboard that acts like a hoverboard for the water. It’s easy-touse, safe and environmentally friendly and the fun never stops. Interested? Get in touch with Aquafoil in Porirua aquafoil.co.nz


Pukerua Beach

Looking out toward Kapiti Island, Pukerua Beach is the perfect getaway during a southerly. An awesome beach for long walks, swimming and rock-hopping. Don’t miss the Pou Tangaroa carving on the foreshore. There are toilet/changing facilities and limited parking.

  • swimming
  • surfing
  • exploring (especially around Brendan’s Beach reserve at the eastern end)

Titahi Bay Beach

Swimmers, surfers and beach walkers love this popular beach, and lifeguards are on duty to keep everyone safe. Just 4km from the centre of Porirua, Titahi Bay is a very popular, sheltered beach that has great facilities including a playground, carpark, and toilet/changing facilities. Surf lifeguards patrol the beach over summer.

  • swimming
  • learning to surf
  • picnics and BBQs
  • walking the dog (especially around Stuart Park)


And rest assured, all our beaches are tested weekly from November to March to ensure the water is safe for swimming (see the latest results).

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