26 March 2020 -There are temporary closures to our parks and reserves, please head to COVID-19 pandemic closure of community facilities page for the latest information.
Please go and check out a survey we're doing as we start engagement on the Aotea Lagoon Development Plan: https://poriruacity.govt.nz/discover-porirua/parks-and-reserves/aotea-lagoon/have-your-say-aotea-lagoon/
Just off State Highway 1 in Papakōwhai, Aotea Lagoon features a huge playground complete with a separate toddlers’ area, picnic and BBQ areas, and a petanque court.
The Butterfly Walkway at the north end of the lagoon features butterflies to represent change, transformation and hope. More than 128 plaques have been laid so far to commemorate children who have passed away. See the Butterflies Walkway Porirua website for more information.
The lagoon is a great spot for families to enjoy the sunshine and is wheelchair and buggy friendly, and is regularly used by joggers.
Kids - check out the miniature train - operating most Sundays (1-4pm), ride your bikes around the lagoon, tire yourselves out in the playground, or try out our Splash Pad.
Grown ups - enjoy a coffee in one of the picnic spots overlooking the lagoon, get fit jogging around the path, explore the rose gardens, take some artistic photographs of the Aotea Lagoon windmill, or boogie the evening away at one of our summer concerts.
Open from 9 am daily, families can bring a picnic, umbrella and blanket, and spend the day having a splashing good time on our splash pad. It's safe and it's free.
You can be the king or queen of the castle at Aotea Lagoon in our amazing fort and playground.
We have playground equipment to suit all ages - from crawlers and toddlers learning to walk to dare-devil tweens and teenagers eager to show their talents on the climbing rope tower.
Head to the northern end of the lagoon for a piece of the action - and be sure to bring a picnic with BBQ and tables free for use.
The Aotea Lagoon rose garden at the southern end is home to 18 varieties of roses that provide a stunning setting for summer weddings and weekend outings. The large lawn area provides a perfect backdrop to the rose garden creating a peaceful spot to relax and unwind in, and have a picnic.
If you are looking for a lovely outdoor venue for your wedding ceremony, take a look at the rose garden at Aotea Lagoon.
Imagine having your very own island – you can at Aotea Lagoon! The island is available for hire and is perfect for open air events or functions under a marquee.
The island provides you with 1400m2 of flat land for events that is easily accessible by a short bridge from the middle gateway on Papakōwhai Road.
It has the added benefit of single phase power for lighting and sound systems and three phase power for portable temporary kitchen use. The cost of reasonable usage of electricity is included in the hire fee.
23/03/2020 - Due to COVID-19 the train will not operate until further notice.
The popular miniature train service at Aotea Lagoon runs most Sundays (weather permitting) from 12 noon to 3pm. In summer it runs from 1pm to 4pm (weather permitting).
Rides cost $2.50 (children aged three and under are free).
You can buy tickets from the station at the southern end of the lagoon. Each ride includes two circuits of the park and takes about 10 minutes.
The service is run by the Lions Club of Aotea Railway.
The popular railway at Aotea Lagoon looks to have a safe future, thanks to a new operating agreement.17 Sep 2018
Pohutukawa trees have been put in next to the splash pad at Aotea Lagoon to create shade16 Aug 2018