Parks Week 2023

We’re celebrating Parks Week - 4-12 March

Parks are a vital part of what makes Porirua a great place to live. Spending time in our parks and open spaces has a positive effect on our health and wellbeing – so head outside and enjoy!

Show how you enjoy your local park and join the photography challenge. Just post your photos on Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #ParksWeek2023 and tagging @recreationaotearoa and @discoverporirua

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Parks Week events

Yoga in the park

Enjoy a series of FREE 60-minute yoga classes, immersed in nature at the beautiful parks around Porirua City. Suitable for over 16s, all levels of experience welcome. Classes are free but registrations are essential – click on the link below to find out more and to register.

4 March - Karehana Park, Plimmerton
6 March - Arnold Park, Titahi Bay
7 March - Green Meadows Park, Pukerua Bay
9 March - Te Rauparaha Park, Porirua
10 March - Rose Garden, Aotea Lagoon
11 March - Gear Homestead, Aotea
12 March - Stuart Park, Titahi Bay

Te Rā o Ngā Tamariki, Children's Day
11am – 3pm, Sunday 5 March. Ngati Toa Domain. FREE!

This promises to be a day full of fun, laughter and creativity as we celebrate our children in a beautiful outdoor space. The day is all about supporting and nurturing our tamariki, honouring their mana and putting them first. Click ‘going’ on the facebook event page to get updates on what’s happening.

Community Snorkel Day
10am – 3pm, Saturday 4 March. Whitireia Park. FREE!

Join Mountains to Sea Wellington and discover the beauty of our underwater world. There will also be local ocean experts joining on dry land to share their knowledge on seaweed, sponges and many other amazing creatures found along our coastline. Beginner snorkelers are encouraged (8 years + and comfortable in the water). All gear is provided and you’ll be matched with an experienced snorkel guide to answer questions and look after you.

Click ‘going’ on the Facebook event to receive important information and updates, including location changes and postponement due to weather.

Explore our parks and reserves

Porirua City has more than 950 hectares of parks and reserves for you to enjoy. We really are spoilt for choice with our natural environment. In fact, if you chose to visit a different park or reserve each day it would take you around six months to experience them all.

Why not check out a new park this week in Porirua?

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Hit the tracks and trails

Porirua City is a gateway for adventure with dozens of tracks available for walkers, cyclists, and keen mountain bikers. From easy strolls to day hikes, smooth urban cycling to mountain bike tracks, Porirua caters for all tastes in walking and biking. Pick your track and go for it.

Did you know? There are about 750 steps to the top of Rangituhi/Colonial Knob! That's a lot of steps - can you take the challenge?

Enjoy Aotea Lagoon

You can spend hours at Aotea Lagoon, one of the most loved reserves in Porirua. There really is something for everyone here, including our Splash Pad.

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Kids love our playgrounds

And little wonder, there are more than 40 to choose from around Porirua. Our playgrounds are something quite special – along with the traditional seesaws, jungle gyms, and swings, we have playgrounds with ‘mouse wheels’, flying foxes, net climbing frames, forts, and 360º basket swings.

What about the dogs?

Head to the Plimmerton Domain Dog Recreation Area! Hounds and their humans love this one-of-a-kind fenced park with its three separate zones that give doggos of all sizes, speeds and temperaments a safe place to play and have fun in the sun.

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