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. 

Our pick of the Top 10 Parks in Porirua. 

Aotea Lagoon (Papakōwhai)

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

  • 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.

Click here to check out our Splash Pad at Aotea Lagoon. It's a splashing good time for everyone!

Ngāti Toa Domain (Mana)

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.

  • 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.

Bothamley Park (Cannons Creek)

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

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

Spicer Botanical Park (Takapūwāhia)

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

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

Colonial Knob/Rangituhi (Takapūwāhia)

Our beloved maunga looking over Porirua City is ideal for an adventurous outing

  • 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.

Whitireia Park (Titahi Bay)

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

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

Ascot Park

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.

  • 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. 

Porirua Park (Porirua East)

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

  • 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

Jasmine Underhill Reserve (Aotea)

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

  • 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. 

Te Rauparaha Park (Porirua City)

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

  • 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.

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

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Update on Whitby Lower Lake

A study has been carried out on the sedimentation in Whitby Lower Lake

6 Aug 2019
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