Beaches

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

Titahi Bay Beach

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. 

Perfect for: 

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

Karehana Bay

About 4km drive from the Plimmerton turnoff, this is a small, sandy beach with toilets/changing facilities at its northern end. 

Perfect for: 

  • swimming
  • sailing
  • launching a boat

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 tranquillity.

Perfect for: 

  • 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)

Pukerua Beach

Looking out toward Kapiti Island, Pukerua Beach is the perfect getaway during a southerly. There are toilet/changing facilities and limited parking. 

Perfect for: 

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

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. 

Perfect for: 

  • 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)

Ivey and Browns Bay, Paremata

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: 

  • 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

Onehunga or Shelley Bay, 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.

Perfect for:

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

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).