Discover summer in Porirua

Grab your friends and whānau and enjoy a summer full of fun in Porirua.

Summer in Porirua means fun events and festivals, meals and drinks enjoyed al fresco.

Explore our great outdoors with trails to suit the whole whānau, and cooling off with a swim at one of our beautiful beaches. And although we live for those long hot sunny days, there’s plenty to keep the little ones busy with indoor activities too!


events offer something for everyone

There's fun for the whole whānau with family favourites, Battle Hill Farm Day, Eat, Drink & Be Crafty and the community snorkel day back in Porirua this summer.

During Wellington Anniversary weekend, great music is front and centre with the Summer Concert Series at Aotea Lagoon featuring The Blueprint, The Satisfactions, The Shenanigans and Shaun Preston. Parking is available at the police college from 4.30pm before each concert.

Then gather your whānau to celebrate Waitangi Day at Te Rauparaha Park and Pātaka. There’ll be live music from House of Shem and more, tasty kai and lots of fun activities. You can even paddle a waka on Te Awarua-o-Porirua Harbour.

Porirua City Libraries Imagine This! 2023-2024 festival programme is back with a huge variety of in-library events and spot prizes on offer!

And all you sports lovers be sure to lock in the Wellington Phoenix FC at Porirua Park.

Check out the fantastic events happening around Porirua City, visit our events page or check out Facebook.

Sip, snack or feast your way around our city

Long days, sunshine and summer holidays mean outdoor dining is back on the menu, and Porirua has some great options for a leisurely brunch, cheeky brew or your favourite coffee. Make the most of a fun day out when you come and play in our beautiful backyard. We’re spoilt for choice of food to love in Porirua.

Cool off with a refreshing drink during the 2024 Cool As Challenge

Porirua hospitality operators will be going head-to-head with counterparts in the Hutt Valley to create their own limited edition signature summer refresher drinks for people to enjoy between 16 February and 3 March 2024.

Keep an eye on Facebook as we announce the entries on 1 February.


Summer is the perfect time to explore our

Pick your pace and walk, run or bike your way around our city.

Experience the best of both worlds with our diverse range of trails. Whether you're seeking a challenging hilltop climb with breathtaking views of the harbour, a leisurely stroll around the tranquil water's edge, or to escape the sun under leafy green trees, we have something for everyone to enjoy.

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Enjoy coastal walks, safe swimming and rocky pools perfect for snorkelling and exploring.

Nature lovers can go bird spotting on meandering pathways through nature reserves, or just kick back and soak up the sun at one of our seven beaches. Grab some fish and chips and watch the sunset for a quintessential Kiwi experience. You can also enjoy a day trip to one of the city's most beautiful taonga - Mana Island. Book at


Things to do on a rainy day

We all know summer can throw a few crazy weather days our way, but, don’t worry, we’ve got loads of fun indoor options too.

Head to the pool, catch a movie, explore a museum or gallery, or take the little ones to burn off some energy at indoor amusement playgrounds where they can bounce and climb.

We’ve got the older ones covered too with go-karting, ten-pin bowling or VR games. Find the perfect gift at one of our local boutiques, or warm up with a hot chocolate at one of the many cafes in the city. Or for some quieter indoor fun, check out our libraries holiday programme.

For more ideas, download our holiday checklist – with everything from high wire adventure courses to the perfect camping spots, we know you’re going to love summer in Porirua.