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Eat

Here in Porirua City, we are spoilt for choice for food to love! From food truck treats at our night markets to fantastic café fare in each village.

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Wellington on a Plate!

For the whole month of August foodies can rejoice as it’s time for Visa Wellington on a Plate, New Zealand’s biggest annual culinary festival - and Porirua is on the menu!

The Visa WOAP festival features loads of culinary events, special menus, burgers and cocktails from across greater Wellington — and Porirua is on the menu! Be sure to visit Porirua to entice your tastebuds with these creative Visa WOAP burgers and cocktails. For more info, visit: visawoap.com

Cheeky Beer Burger

t bay cafe 26 Whitehouse Road, Titahi Bay

Burger: Mana Steakinator
Cocktail: Lemon Meringue Pie'tini

Sandbar Mana 109 Mana Esplanade, Paremata

Burger: Nogada de Puebla
Cocktail: Puesta De Sol

Whitby Co-Op Bar and Kitchen 69 Discovery Drive, Whitby

The Fixer

Get Fixed Bicycle Cafe 10 Wi Neera Drive


Tastebud Travel in Te Manawa

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Take your taste buds on a trip to remember. Te Manawa, our city centre, offers a world of flavours at the tip of your tongue with cuisines from across the globe and the best in local fare.

Here is just a taster of what is on offer:


Annabelle Kabab House - With a reputation of the best kebabs in Wellington, is not a place to miss! Feast on the exotic flavours of authentic Turkish food. Gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options available

Cobb & Co - In the heart of Porirua, you will find the iconic kiwi family restaurant Cobb & Co. The menu boasts traditional favourites (yes, they have traffic lights!) and modern kiwi food, all set in a friendly atmosphere to satisfy the whole whanau.

Curry Village - To add some spice to your tasty travels, head over to Curry Village. It offers flavourful Indian cuisine and their butter chicken is local legend. Alcoholic beverages and BYO available.

Filo - For a healthy alternative that feels sinful with flavour, go for a feed at Filo. Their salads are stellar, their selections of filos are phenomenal and they have vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options available.

La Cabrita Mexican Grill - If you are looking for authentic Mexican food that will bring a fiesta of flavours to your taste buds, La Cabrita delivers, and then some! La Cabrita’s family recipes never disappoint.

Tuk Tuk Thai Kitchen - You will forget you are in New Zealand when you step into the beautiful Tuk Tuk Thai restaurant. Daeng and her team offer delicious authentic Thai cuisine made with passion. Take-aways available.


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Gear Homestead: Porirua's gem

One of the city’s best-loved buildings is now lending its elegance to a café, restaurant and bar with Michael Hollings of Wellington institutions Chow and The Library Bar at the helm.

Come for a bite to eat

With chic retro décor and fun vintage toys for the kids, Gear Eatery and Bar has a relaxed feel. Grab some counter food, have a pizza or fish and chips, or choose from one of the gastronomic offerings on the menu. An Italian pizzeria and ice cream parlour are also planned for the coming months.

Craft beer and cocktails

If it’s a tipple you’re after, take in the sublime views from the upstairs lounge bar featuring a vintage boat as a dining table and a large painted octopus adorning the wall. You’ll find craft beer on tap, an array of cocktails, a select wine list and premium spirits such as 10-year-old Laphroaig whisky.

Soak in the stunning landscapes

Gear Eatery and Bar is nestled among rose gardens and manicured lawns. From its ornately worked porches, lofty verandahs and new timber deck, the view of Te Awarua-o-Porirua Harbour is spectacular.

A slice of history

Built in 1882 by James Gear who founded the Gear Meat Preserving and Freezing Company, the former Victorian residence offers an unrivalled blend of elegance, history and views.


Kai with a view

Looking for a the best places to eat under the sun? If you are looking for a meal with some indoor-outdoor flow, or like your kia with a view over the waters, then look no further that these eateries.

Cafe Kaizen - Sit outdoors and enjoy the tranquility of the Japanese garden while enjoying abundant cabinet food or yummy meals from Kaizen’s extensive menu.  Visit Pātaka Art + Museum or visit them at 17 Parumoana St, Porirua.

Backyard Cafe - Lush green plants, freshly baked food and some of the best coffee in Porirua awaits you in the peaceful courtyard of Palmers Garden Centre in Plimmerton.  Head down to 99-109 St Andrews Rd,  Plimmerton or follow them on Facebook.

D4 Mana, Supply Room and The Sandbar - With west-facing decks and patios for maximum sea views and afternoon sun, you may even catch a show of kite-boarders while sipping on a refreshing beverage. Follow them on Facebook or head down to 105-109 Mana Esplanade.

Get Fixed Bicycle Cafe - Perfectly positioned to take in the views at Harbour’s Edge, you can relax on a bean bag with a gelato or sip on a coffee while watching the kids play.  Visit them at 16 Parumoana St or follow them on Facebook.

Plimmerton Fish Supply - Grab your iconic summer meal of fish and chips from one of New Zealand’s top-rated fish & chippies then stroll down to the beach at Plimmerton or Karehana Bay. Happy days!

Whitby Co-op Kitchen and Bar - This family-friendly restaurant on the banks of the Whitby Lakes is perfect for a burger and fries and sitting in the outside patio area with a glass of wine or craft beer. Head down to 69A Discovery Drive, Whitby or find them on Facebook


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Annabelle Kebab House

Firm crowd favourite Zara’s Kebabs recently had a name change but they’re making the same delicious food as always, only now as Annabelle Kebab House.

Annabelle Kebab House has everything you can expect from a world-class Mediterranean eatery – it’s a difficult choice between the mouth-watering kebabs, yummy iskender, fresh salads and of course, don’t forget the homemade baklava and Turkish delight! They also have plenty of vegetarian and vegan options available, so everyone can eat here.

When you enter Annabelle’s you will be greeted with warm Mediterranean hospitality from husband and wife team Namrad and Sanaa and their daughter Orina. The restaurant is named after their other daughter, Annabelle, which means 'beautiful'. And, true to its name, the food here is really beautiful.

You can taste the Mediterranean in every bite, from the spitfired meat and handmade falafels to the tasty sides such as tabbouleh and hummus, not to mention the warm Turkish breads. Yum.


Flavours of Porirua

Little India - Located in the historic Mungavin Homestead, Little India offers exotic ingredients, familiar dishes and tongue-tingling flavours, not to mention a great place to try Indian sweets. Great for groups, located at 1D Mungavin Ave, Ranui

Pizza Express - If you feel like a night off from cooking tonight why not try one of our newbies Pizza Express Porirua. You can find them and some other great new vendors in Serlby Place!

Samoa's Finest - From palusami (taro leaves and coconut cream wrapped and cooked in tinfoil) to panikeke (deep-fried balls much like a doughnut) and Samoan pork or lamb buns - customers come from far and wide for an authentic taste of the islands.

The Little Goat - For fresh, tasty Greek and Spanish fare then go, visit our favourite foodie spots. The Little Goat for pita pockets dripping with hummus, tahini, tzatziki, olives, pickled pepper and meats.

Topor - New Zealand's only Polish restaurant nestled in Plimmerton village, offering an unforgettable experience of fresh modern Polish cuisine and a variety of Polish vodkas to match. Find them at 3 Beach road, Plimmerton Village.



“There is no sincerer love than the love of food” – said Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw. 

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