Top 10 Things to do in Porirua, New Zealand

July 17, 2017 Mollie Coke

Discover the best top things to do in Porirua, New Zealand including Adrenalin Forest, New Zealand Photography Workshops, Light House Cinema, Ngati Toa Domain, Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa), NZique, New Zealand Police Museum, Pirates Cove, Battle Hill Farm Forest Park, Whitireia Park.
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1. Adrenalin Forest

1 Okowai Road, Porirua 5024, New Zealand
Excellent
64%
Good
34%
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2%
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4.5 based on 99 reviews

Adrenalin Forest

Reviewed By Kathy K

A series of increasingly difficult (and high-up) obstacle and high-wire challenges strung up between the trees in the forest in Porirua. The location is beautiful, especially on a sunny, still day. If you are scared of heights, like I am, you can most likely get a lot of satisfaction just by completing Pathway 1, the beginner, or easiest pathway. There are rope Bridges, ziplines etc on Pathway 1. The next 5 Pathways get harder, both mentally and physically. You can stay for a max of 3 hours.
The site instructor/manager Sonny is great, very down to earth and knowledgeable. He explains how the safety harness and clips work. Essentially, if you clip yourself on at the start, it's impossible to fall off because the system won't let you unclip both clips at the same time.
Definitely somewhere that will get you out of your comfort zone, but that is what it is all about!

2. New Zealand Photography Workshops

6 School Road, Plimmerton, Porirua 5026, New Zealand
Excellent
96%
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5 based on 25 reviews

New Zealand Photography Workshops

Whether you are a complete beginner, a keen amateur, or a professional, a workshop with Richard Young, Rob Brown, Dave Buckton and experienced tutors can help you to get the most from your photography. With small group workshops specialising in landscape, nature, wildlife and travel photography we will help you improve your photography and take you to some stunning locations.

Reviewed By peternT3047LK - Auckland

It's hard to imagine a better environment for a landscape photography workshop and the calibre of the leaders matched the surroundings. Dave and Richard are both very skilful and experienced photographers and both are very good at sharing their knowledge in an understandable and practical way. The group was small enough to ensure we all had plenty of one-on-one advice. We got to places usually inaccessible to the public and on one day we travelled by our own exclusive boat into pristine bays on the coastline of the National park. Momentous.

3. Light House Cinema

3 Paekakariki Hill Road, Pauatahanui, Porirua 5381, New Zealand +64 4-234 6770
Excellent
54%
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35%
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4.5 based on 17 reviews

Light House Cinema

Reviewed By Alipa50 - Wellington, New Zealand

Plenty of free Parking nearby and worth arriving early for a pre movie drink. The coffee is hot and comes served with a Jaffa.
Friendly staff and comfortable seats with lots of leg room. You can book on line or phone booking. As the theatres are small booking is recommended.

4. Ngati Toa Domain

6h Pascoe Ave, Mana, Porirua 5026, New Zealand +64 4-237 5089
Excellent
50%
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40%
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10%
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4.5 based on 10 reviews

Ngati Toa Domain

Reviewed By wendhmagz - Waihi, New Zealand

This great venue is located on State Highway 1 at Mana just north of Wellington. It hosts many different sports including rugby, soccer, cricket, yachting, fishing swimming, etc. There’s also an area set aside for freedom camping where we caravanned on a recent trip to Wellington. It’s a lovely spot right on the beachfront and was very sheltered during our stay. It was great to watch the goings-on around us while we enjoyed a glass of wine and the company of family members who live in the vicinity. I highly recommend this venue if you are travelling north from Wellington and have just disembarked off the Cook Strait ferry, or it’s an ideal park-over if you are sailing on the ferry to the South Island.
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5. Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa)

55 Cable St, Wellington 6011, New Zealand +64 4-381 7000
Excellent
77%
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4.5 based on 11 reviews

Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa)

Experience the whole of New Zealand in one building! Te Papa is New Zealand's bold, innovative and interactive national museum. Explore the great treasures and stories of this country, its unique natural environment, Maori culture and taonga (treasures), dynamic art heritage, and its fascinating history. Te Papa is located on Wellington's spectacular waterfront. Open 10am to 6pm every day except Christmas Day. General admission is free.

Reviewed By Donna T - Auckland, New Zealand

We mainly came here to see the Gallipoli exhibit which was made in conjunction with Weta Workshop. It was quite busy so didn't really get the chance to go around slowly and read everything or listen to the stories of the large 'statues', but wow. The detail, scale and skill of these exhibits are so incredible. The freckles, hair, scars, sweat etc. Incredibly life like, just on a bigger scale. Amazing.

6. NZique

154-164 Jackson Street, Petone, Lower Hutt 5012, New Zealand +64 4-589 2091
Excellent
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4.5 based on 28 reviews

NZique

Reviewed By Sus1952 - Palmerston North, New Zealand

The amount, variety and quality of the NZ souvenirs is astounding. There are items here that I haven’t seen anywhere else in NZ. Everything I have purchased is of very high quality. The staff are always lovely. My only criticism is the totally uninteresting layout which does not do justice to the amazing items.

7. New Zealand Police Museum

The Royal NZ Police College Campus | Papakowhai Rd, Porirua, New Zealand +64 4-238 3141
Excellent
41%
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57%
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4.5 based on 41 reviews

New Zealand Police Museum

Free general admission, guided tours $5 adults, $3 children and senior citizens, interactive crime-solving puzzles and dress-ups for children. Toilets inside the museum, wheelchair access, parking, gift shop. 2 minute drive off State Highway 1 and 20 minute drive from central Wellington.

Reviewed By Oskar_Baxter - Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand

This small but innovative museum has excellent displays on the history of the NZ Police. Several of the country's most notorious crimes and their investigations are highlighted. The cultural change in NZ Police over the years is also on display. Worth a stop if you are passing by.

8. Pirates Cove

2 Wineera Drive, Porirua 5022, New Zealand +64 4-237 6809
Excellent
53%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
8%
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4.5 based on 23 reviews

Pirates Cove

Reviewed By Paul B - Brighton, United Kingdom

18 hole mini golf, family tickets reasonable value, the course will take around 30-40 minutes to complete. The course itself is pretty easy with quite a few water features, great for kids. The setting looking out over the sea is excellent. Highly recommended for young families.

9. Battle Hill Farm Forest Park

610 Paekakariki Hill Road, Porirua 5381, New Zealand +64 4-237 5511
Excellent
64%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
10%
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4.5 based on 19 reviews

Battle Hill Farm Forest Park

Reviewed By Matt H - Paekakariki, null, New Zealand

Awesome place to bring the kids.Lots of walks and swimming hole, plus added bonus of some farm animals around.
Also great MTB ride up the Puketiro Loop track, tho am unsure whether this is still accessible due to work at transmission gulley.Either way, lovely place to visit with the kids.Pack a picnic or use the fire pits.AWESOME!!!

10. Whitireia Park

Titahi Bay, Porirua, New Zealand
Excellent
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4.5 based on 17 reviews

Whitireia Park

Reviewed By minimacx2 - Porirua, New Zealand

Came here with the Greater Wellington Regional Council summer activity event in conjunction with Porirua Healthy Harbours (I think it was called). Son and husband had a great time learning how to snorkel and seeing what was under the surface.
The road to get there is a bit windy and you need to pull over if someone is coming the other way, but worth the trip for the experience.

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