We suggest you start your journey at the award winning Pātaka Art + Museum, one of New Zealand’s leading galleries of Māori, Pacific and New Zealand contemporary art.
Nearby is the Writers’ Walk (Wi Neera Drive), developed in partnership with the Porirua Community Arts Council, featuring a stunning Pou carving that represents Te Rangihaeata of Ngāti Toa, a nephew of Te Rauparaha. The latest installation is a sculpture celebrating historian, author and biographer Michael King, OBE, located on the waterfront and unveiled on 1 July 2017. Local writer Patricia Grace, DCNZM, was honoured in 2016 with a three metre high sculpture inscribed with a quote from her 1986 novel Potiki. They're well worth a look.
Porirua is home to some of New Zealand’s most talented artists including the Gear Homestead Woolshed Potters Club, Pāuatahanui artist Alistair McDonald (who is renowned for his landscapes and Kiwi interpretation of the Japanese ukiyo-e style), Titahi Bay artist and art educator Davey McGhie and Pukerua Bay artists Rob Waanders, Bruce Mortimer, and Danielle Wigzell.
Head to Titahi Bay to see four stunning carvings of early Pacific explorers made by local carving tutor Nathan Rei on a short track along the beachfront.
If you’re out and about in the weekend travel north to The Bay Gallery (4 School Rd, Plimmerton), which showcases six local artists, Jason King, John Fisher, Richard Young, Robyn Hall, and Ellen & Alan Hodgetts.
We recommend touching base with Rob Mortimer ahead of time to secure an appointment to visit his ethereal artworks up close at the Mortimer Studio (18 Haunui Road, Pukerua Bay).
While you’re in Pukerua Bay check out the Pukerua Glass Art Studio (15 Pukerua Beach Rd) and explore the many sculptures on the Secret Valley Walk (a short 200m easy walk through the Takutai Road Reserve).
You’re sure to leave Porirua City feeling inspired.