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Porirua City Suburb Profile

Porirua in General Only 20 minutes' drive or train ride from downtown Wellington City, Porirua City's housing market offers excellent value for money whether buying a house for the first time, looking for a spacious, family-friendly home or comfortable executive living. Life in the city is described by its residents as 'easy going' and 'laid back'. The city has 54km of varied coastline and two harbours ( it is one harbour with two arms correctly), and is 81% rural, so most homes enjoy views of the sea or countryside and the most stunning sunsets!

Access to the city's many beaches, parks and reserves is close by and the city has a busy CBD with three retail malls making it a major shopping destination with no congestion and free parking. Porirua acts as a jumping point to the whole region and is situated across the SH1/SH58 axis. The region comprises a series of 'villages' each with its own landscape and character. These thriving communities quickly give newcomers a sense of belonging through friendly neighbours, active school communities and the huge choice of sports and cultural clubs and other local activities.

In Porirua, locals value their close proximity to the bright lights of cosmopolitan Wellington city for when they're in the mood - but they choose to live in a relaxed refuge away from the rat race, where being at home feels like being on holiday.

Have a browse through the different suburbs below:

Porirua East

This area includes Waitangirua and Cannons Creek, and the housing styles are typically old state houses. These suburbs are situated on the eastern side of State Highway 1 and only 5 min drive from central Porirua and approximately 25 min from Wellington CBD. The buses and trains are very easy to use and the Metlink or TranzMetro website shows timetables and routes. The train station is a short walk/drive away and there are a range of primary and secondary schools available. Porirua East is the gateway to the eastern suburbs. It includes the busy Mungavin Road shops, Mungavin Hall and netball courts, and Trust Porirua Park. The mature trees in the area are an indication of its early residential settlement. Porirua East includes the historic Mungavin Homestead, currently used as a restaurant. In the so-called newer suburbs there are different flavours in other suburbs. In Waitangirua, Ascot Park and Cannons Creek, the vibrancy of the Pacific Island communities is well established due to more than three generations of family living there and add their values and culture to the community. This part of Porirua is on the lower end of the socio economic scale with most of the schools being decile 1 schools. However the people in the community are making this part of Porirua a better and safer environment. In recent time Porirua East has slowly been transforming with blocks of land and/or renewal of properties slowly becoming available but at an affordable price for the first home buyer.

Ranui Heights

Ranui Heights climbs the southern hillside of Porirua East. It includes old villas from the original development of Porirua Township. The first shopping centre ever developed was that at Mungavin Ave close to State Highway One. Housing here is mainly state housing built post war. There is a pharmacy close by and also two main churches in the suburb, Anglican Church St Annes and the Apostolic Church both located on Arawhata St. There are plenty of bus stops in Ranui Heights and the train station in Porirua is only a couple of minutes drive.


Elsdon is a mixture of residential and industrial zones. It is a great housing area for first time buyers and investors. The suburb is located very close, infact it is walking distance to Porirua city centre, and Whitireia Community Polytechnic. Many of the homes in the area take advantage of the wonderful harbour views. There are also a lot of parks and schools near by or if you fancy your skills in the water, head on down to the local dragon boat club.

Titahi Bay

Titahi Bay is a fabulous suburb with the beach on one side, and Porirua Harbour on the other. It's very much a community suburb with shops, RSA, large sports field, golf course, lots of sporting clubs, four primary schools, an intermediate and secondary school. Titahi Bay is a picturesque spot popular for centuries for its sandy beach and stunning views. An early Maori pa, Te Pa O Kapo (still largely intact and accessible from Terrace Road) and baches built by business people from Wellington and Manawatu in the 1900s, attest to its appeal for settlement through history. Boatsheds still sit at the water’s edge, add contrasting colour to the grey sands. The settlement retains much of its early appeal, tucked in a neck of Porirua Harbour only 20 minutes from the heart of Wellington and four minutes from the busy shopping centre at Porirua. Titahi Bay is prized as a safe swimming and picnic spot for day and weekend visitors from Wellington and the surrounding region. Local surfers enjoy the break that can be surfed on all tides, and the waves are generally challenging only for beginner surfers. Views of the South Island can be seen from many parts of Titahi Bay, and the sunsets are stunning. Architectural features of the Porirua suburb are the "Austrian" state houses. Although designed in New Zealand, the houses were pre-cut and manufactured in Austria from Austrian timber, then assembled in Titahi Bay by Austrian tradesmen. Nearly 200 Austrians settled in the bay in the early 1950s, with many remaining today.


Whitby is a thriving residential suburb fronting the beautiful Pauatahanui inlet on its northern boundary. Established in 1971, the layout and concept was a first for New Zealand with wide streets, lots of trees, public walkways and lakes, and a lack of street front fencing. The suburb won many awards for its planning and design. Nearly 40 years on, the suburb has grown to around 2,500 houses. From first homes to multimillion dollar mansions, Whitby caters to all and is very much a family suburb. It has three primary schools, catering up to year 8, and one private secondary school. Being so close to water, boating, sailing and waterskiing are on the list of things to do in the area, and there are three local beaches to choose from. The suburbs popularity is evident with the number of residents who have lived in the area since its inception.


Paremata has a wonderful central location placed as it is where the two arms of the harbour meet. This meant easy access to kaimoana (seafood) as well as the forests, flax swamps and inland tracks and waterways. This grew though the old Hobson St Community making their livelihood of the sea and the railway. Even today the junction of the roads, bridges and roundabouts make Paremata the transit hub of Porirua. Everybody passes through Paremata. The original fishing village has gone, but fishing boats still operate from the Paremata Bridge and a commercial marina has been developed. Paremata has developed on the hillsides sloping down to the point where Pauatahanui inlet meets Porirua Harbour.


Papakowhai developed in the early 1970s and overlooks the north end of Porirua Harbour and includes the Aotea Block, one of the more recent developments. This area more specifically the Aotea block are all relatively new homes so you would find well of families who do not mind the commuting or even retirees living here for the lifestyle. Just off the motorway is Aotea lagoon, a popular spot for families on nice sunny days to take their young ones or to let the dog run around a little. Papakowhai is home to the Royal New Zealand Police College and you will frequently see police running and training in the area, so you can guarantee this will be one of the safer communities to live in. Because it is mostly residential you can travel to Paremata or go to Porirua city itself to access shops and other community facilities. Papakowhai attracts middle class families who work for the police or the type who love the lifestyle and do not mind commuting to Wellington City for work as well.


Plimmerton was formed by the railway and named after Sir John Plimmer as a more organised beach resort area with hotels and shops. Today we can see cafés, bed and breakfasts and a much more entrepreneurial flavor. The community has sought to enhance the identity of the village by and developing a wider village strategy to set out community priorities. An industrial park is located on State Highway One at Plimmerton and affords a high profile for promotional purposes for passing traffic. There is a railway station closeby and on the main street there are local shops and community facilities so you don’t have to come into Porirua township everytime you need to purchase small food items. This is a popular community to have a beachside bach or for the established families to own older houses but revamped in the inside which makes it somewhat of a posh area to live in.

Pukerua Bay

Pukerua Bay is Porirua’s northern most suburb, separated by several kilometres of State Highway One from any other urban areas in Porirua. The physical separation gives rise to the challenge of maintaining and developing Pukerua Bay’s identity while still maintaining clear links and integration with the city as a whole. It is a small seaside township and an attractive place of residence for those who work in the city but don’t mind commuting to Porirua (15 min approx) or Wellington (30 min approx).

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