Our top walks

To start you off on a journey here is our pick of Porirua City’s top walks.

Download our Walking Tracks map (PDF) and see how you can join some of the walks up with others to make create even longer adventures.

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1. Te Araroa: Pukerua Bay to Paekākāriki Escarpment Track (Stairway to Heaven) 

Walking trackNo dogs map 

Distance: 10 km, 3-5 hours one-way
Gradient: moderate, challenging

Surface type: mixed 

This track will give you bragging rights that you've walked part of the Te Araroa Trail (the track that goes the length of New Zealand). It includes some steep terrain and is not for the faint hearted but if you're fit and keen – get out there and reap the rewards!   

Escarpment track stairs - top 10 walks

2.  Ara Harakeke Walkway

Walking track Suitable for prams and buggies Wheelchairs OK Playground Picnic area Suitable for bikes Dogs on lead map

Distance: 9.1 km, 2 hrs 24 min one-way
Gradient: easy, moderate
Surface type: sealed

This walkway takes you through Mana, Plimmerton, and Pukerua Bay and includes four beaches, a wetland, steam train operation (currently being upgraded - will be up in running later in the year) , and historic World War II sites.

3. Taua Tapu Track

Walking track Suitable for horses Dogs on lead  map        September to December No dogs  

Distance: 1.5 km, 32 minutes one-way
Gradient: moderate
Surface type: unsealed

This rural track starting in Plimmerton provides extensive views of Mana Island and Porirua Harbour, and on a fine day you can see out to Marlborough Sounds. It’s a great track for walkers and horse-riders alike. Dogs are not permitted during lambing season from September to December

Taua Tapu track

 4. Camborne Walkway

Walking track Toilets  Suitable for prams and buggies Dogs off lead Picnic area Suitable for bikes map    Wheelchairs OK Wheelchair access with assistance

Distance: 1.6 km, 30 minutes one-way
Gradient: easy
Surface type: unsealed

This sheltered walk takes you along the shores of Pāuatahanui Inlet and the colourful, iconic Camborne boatsheds. Be sure to pack a picnic for the stop at the Grays Road end of the track.

Camborne boatsheds

5. Te Ara Piko Pathway and the Pāuatahanui Wildlife Management Reserve

Walking track Wheelchairs OK Suitable for prams and buggies Suitable for bikes Dogs on lead Toilets  

Te Ara Piko Walkway map
Pauatahanui Wildlife Management Reserve

Distance: 3.2 km, 47 minutes one-way. Allow an extra hour for the Pāuatahanui Wildlife Management Reserve
Gradient: easy
Surface type: mixed

Take a stroll along "The Meandering Path" through native salt marshes and wetland habitat. This is a great walk to take the whole family on and is buggy and wheelchair-friendly. Watch this video of the pathway.

Te Ara Piko Pathway

6. Bothamley Pathway

Walking track Wheelchairs OK Suitable for prams and buggies Suitable for bikes Dogs off lead map

Distance: There are many tracks to choose from. The longest track is 4.2 km, 1 hr 7 mins one-way.
Gradient: easy
Surface type: mixed, mainly gravel

Running alongside the Kenepuru Stream, this pathway is on its way to become the ‘green heart of Porirua’ thanks to an environment development programme. 

Bothamley park aug 2005

The wide gravel track passes through mature exotic trees and regenerating natives and is a great ‘buggy walk’ with youngsters.

7. Whitireia Park

Walking track Toilets Playground Picnic area Dogs on lead Suitable for bikes map

Distance: 6.5 km, 1 hr 50 min one-way
Gradient: moderate
Surface type: unsealed

This walkway takes you through farmland along the coastline between Onehunga Bay and Te Onepoto Bay in Porirua City’s west and offers dramatic views of Mana Island and the South Island. Decent footwear is recommended to navigate the various farm stiles.

Whitireia park

8. Titahi Bay Beach and Southern Clifftop Walk

Walking track Suitable for bikes Dogs on lead map    Stuart park: Dogs off lead 

Distance: 2.8 km, 1 hour return
Gradient: challenging
Surface type: mixed

If you’re after a mesmerising coastal view, this is the walk for you. Start at the south end of Titahi Bay Beach and then on to Southern Clifftop Walk and enjoy views out to Mana Island. Dogs are permitted off-lead within Stuart Park.

Top 12 - southern clifftop walk.jpg

9. Rangituhi / Colonial Knob / Te Ara Utiwai

Walking track No dogs map

Various tracks on the hills of Rangituhi to the west of the city centre.

There are a range of tracks in Porirua Scenic Reserve, Te Rāhui o Rangituhi, Rangituhi/Colonial Knob Scenic Reserve, and Spicer Botanical Park. If you’re keen for a challenge head up one of the three tracks to the Colonial Knob summit for enviable views over Porirua City and out to the Cook Strait. 

Te Ara Utiwai is a shared walking/mountainbike track, 6.1km from Camp Elsdon to the Rangituhi Lookout. The first 1.4km of the track is easy two way cycling and the upper 4.7km intermediate section is uphill cycling only, with walkers using the track in both directions. With a gentle gradient through stunning native forest, this track is a beauty!  

Colonial knob top 10 walks

10. Harbourside / Streamside Paths

Walking track Wheelchairs OK Suitable for prams and buggies Suitable for bikes Dogs on lead 

An attractive path right in the heart of the city centre giving great views over the harbour and along the Porirua Stream corridor where you can see various wildlife. The north end currently starts at Wi Neera Drive by Whitireia Polytechnic and heads south.  

This sealed off road path, connects the city centre to a network of paths that extend to the north, south and east.  

Harbourside path

To the South Te Ara Tawa pathway follows the Porirua stream to Tawa.  The Aotea Pathway over the northern ramp bridge links to the north and the Porirua station subway connects it to the East. 

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