Parks & reserves

Our parks and reserves are very special to us here in Porirua. We love walking in our local parks and exploring nature.

Parks galore

Porirua has an array of parks to suit everyone - whether you're after a stroll in the bush, looking for somewhere to kick a ball around, or are keen for a coastal adventure, chances are we have a park to suit your needs. Here is our pick of the Top 10 Parks in Porirua. 

1. Aotea Lagoon (Papakōwhai)

Walking track Suitable for prams and buggies Wheelchairs OK Playground Picnic area Suitable for bikes Dogs on lead 

With seven hectares to explore with there is something for everyone at Aotea Lagoon. We love:

  • Being adventurous in the playground and fort
  • Kayaking on the lagoon
  • Cruising on the model train
  • Relaxing in the perfect picnic spot
  • Running after our kids around the lagoon.

Getting to Aotea Lagoon - Google map and directions

2. Ngāti Toa Domain (Mana)

Walking track Suitable for prams and buggies Playground Picnic area Suitable for bikes Dogs on lead 

Situated in between Porirua Harbour and State Highway 1, Ngāti Toa Domain is our favourite place to throw a ball around and get together for fun events. We love:

  • Cheering our favourite teams on at the sports grounds
  • Escaping the wind and rain to play cricket in the Mana Indoor Facility
  • Sleeping under the stars (in our RV)
  • Having a BBQ.

Getting to Ngāti Toa Domain - Google map and directions

3. Bothamley Park (Cannons Creek)

Walking track Playground Picnic area Suitable for bikes Dogs on lead 

We’re so proud of the community efforts that have gone into making Bothamley Park an ecological wonderland. We love:

  • Taking part in the weekly Parkrun
  • Planting in the park
  • Harvesting blackberries in the community garden
  • Cycling through the bush.

Getting to Bothamley Park - Google map and directions

4. Spicer Botanical Park (Takapūwāhia)

Walking trackSuitable for bikes Dogs on lead 

Walk among the exotic trees from all around Asia, America and Australia in Spicer Botanical Park. We love:

  • Learning the names of trees
  • Planting in the park
  • Mountain biking
  • Exploring the walkways. 

Getting to Spicer Botanical Park - Google map and directions

5. Colonial Knob/Rangituhi (Takapūwāhia)

Walking trackSuitable for bikes 

Our beloved maunga looking over Porirua City is ideal for an adventurous outing. We love:

  • Testing our fitness and climbing the 468m peak
  • Roaring down the mountain bike tracks
  • Walking to the 19th Century reservoirs
  • Looking out to the Kaikoura ranges and Mount Taranaki from the summit.

Getting to Colonial Knob/Rangituhi - Google map and directions

6. Whitireia Park (Titahi Bay)

Walking trackPicnic area Suitable for bikes Dogs on lead 

With 180 hectares of grassland, native bush, and coastal tracks, Whitireia Park is a wonderful location for a day outdoors. We love:

  • Fishing off the rocks
  • Mountain biking along the coastal tracks
  • Horse riding along the coast
  • Checking out rock pools
  • Walking around the headland. 

Getting to Whitireia Park - Google map and directions

7. Ascot Park

Walking track Suitable for prams and buggies Playground 

Home to the Bernie Wood Turf, rugby league fields, sports pavilion, courts, and a playground, Ascot Park is a great spot for sport and fun. We love:

  • Watching our sports teams show off their talent (rugby league, tennis, football, netball)
  • Fine-tuning our three-point throws on the b-ball court
  • Cruising around the upgraded Conclusion Walkway
  • Sliding in the playground. 

Getting to Ascot Park - Google map and directions

8. Porirua Park (Porirua East)

Walking track

Porirua Park on Mungavin Ave is where we like to check out great sport and events. We love:

  • Supporting the 'Norths' and 'Wests' rugby teams take on visitors
  • Sitting in the 2000-seat covered grandstand in the Jerry Collins Stadium
  • Playing softball on the purpose-built diamond
  • Watching midweek preseason friendlies between Wellington Phoenix FC and local amateur clubs

Getting to Porirua Park - Google map and directions

9. Jasmine Underhill Reserve (Aotea)

Walking track Suitable for prams and buggies Playground Picnic area Suitable for bikes Dogs on lead 

Named after New Zealand’s first ever Pacific Island Deputy Mayor, Jasmine Underhill Reserve is a local favourite. We love:

  • The family friendly vibe
  • Kicking a ball around with the kids
  • Playing on the various playgrounds suitable for all ages
  • Taking in the view of the area
  • Walking our kurī
  • Riding our bikes around the paths and subdivision. 

Getting to Jasmine Underhill Reserve  - Google map and directions

10. Te Rauparaha Park (Porirua City)

Walking track Suitable for prams and buggies Wheelchairs OK Picnic area Suitable for bikes Dogs on lead 

Right in the heart of Porirua City, Te Rauparaha Park is our go-to location for family fun, fitness and a skate. We love:

  • Walking and biking around the tracks
  • Perfecting our ollies in the fiery skate bowl
  • Listening to great music in the park over summer
  • Attending events at the Arena
  • Swimming and playing at the Aquatic Centre.

Getting to Te Rauparaha Park  - Google map and directions

Community use of our parks and reserves

Our parks and reserves include some incredible facilities, which make them ideal for community events.  Email us about what you’re planning and how Porirua City’s parks and reserves team can help.

Also check our page on hiring parks and reserves or our camping rules for more information.

Protecting our taonga

While we love the community using our parks, we’re very keen to keep our parks and reserves in pristine condition. Together, Porirua City and our residents are proactive in protecting and maintaining the beauty of our environment. 

We’ve planted hundreds of thousands of native plants in our reserves, and our lakes and wetlands are home to healthy populations of fish including nationally threatened species banded kōkopu, giant kōkopu, and short-fin eel.

Regional park paradise

We’re also fortunate to have some of the lower North Island’s best regional parks right on our doorstep.

Whitireia Park offers a regional park experience mixed with urban convenience. Accessible via Titahi Bay, Whitireia Park has some excellent coastal tracks to enjoy.

Battle Hill Forest Park allows you a hands-on experience on a working farm with more than 100 sheep, along with regenerated native bush, wetlands, and sensational views across Pāuatahanui Inlet. It is also a great place to camp. 

Belmont Regional Park encompasses the hills between Porirua and Hutt Valley, and is a favourite destination for walkers, mountain bikers, and horse riders.

Latest park news

Motorbikes in Bothanley Park

Motorbikes create nuisance in Porirua parks

Motorbikes are creating a hazard for users of Porirua parks and reserves.

1 Nov 2018
Glen Smith at Porirua Park

Porirua Park gets high-tech TLC

Porirua Park is receiving a major drainage upgrade after a busy winter.

29 Oct 2018
Coastal shrubs

Coastal shrubs find new home in familiar setting

A new Plimmerton park is home to threatened coastal shrubs.

10 Oct 2018