Porirua is a city in the Wellington Region of New Zealand, immediately north of the city of Wellington, with their central business districts 20 km apart. It almost completely surrounds Porirua Harbour at the southern end of the Kapiti Coast. The eastern (Pauatahanui) inlet of the harbour is notable for its world-class estuarine values.
From Paekakariki (20 minutes drive) the Kapiti Coast is one long beach, accessible at Paekakariki, Raumati Beach, Paraparaumu Beach, Waikanae Beach, Pekapeka and beyond. Closer to home (10 minutes drive) is Plimmerton Beach where you can walk along the waterfront or stop in one of the cafes for a coffee. From the top of Paekakariki Hill (5 minutes off SH1 & accessible by car) is one of the most spectacular views in New Zealand looking north along the surf beach to Kapiti Island and South to Pukerua Bay and Mana Island with the mountains of the South Island in the background.
Pateka Museum in Porirua reflects the many streams of Local culture and there's always something interesting in the galleries. If you're tired of all the cop shows on TV come and see how it really happens at the Police Museum attached to the Royal New Zealand Police College - adjacent to the motel. Or if you prefer to see your history where it happened there's: Battle Hill ( 25 rninutes drive) - site of a confrontation between local Maori and colonial settlers and now a farm park with walking tracks and good views.