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