Enjoying Porirua's natural heritage

"A virgin forest is where the hand of man has never set foot."

- Author unknown.

Image showing Walker on the beach at Whitireia Park.
Walker on the beach at Whitireia Park.
Photo by Keith Calder, 2009.

The best thing about Porirua's natural heritage is the opportunities that exist to get outside and enjoy it. Check out the Council's Leisure section of the website. This section has a guide to Porirua's Walkways - including a Porirua Pathfinder, which allows you to find a pathway which suits your particular needs and wants. For example, you can find a pathway by a lake, or is suitable for children, or where you can take a dog. Why not try the Ara Harakeke pathway, which runs between Paremata and Pukerua Bay and can be walked or cycled by the whole family?

The Department of Conservation also has some great information about walks and places to stay in the Wellington region, including the Colonial Knob walk. This walk gives you unparalleled 360 degree views across the city, rural hills and out to the Cook Strait.

If you would like to spend a night outdoors, why not try camping at Battle Hill Forest Park or the Belmont Regional Park? The Greater Wellington Regional Council website has some excellent information about these parks. Both parks boast horse riding, mountain biking and walking tracks.

Or to better appreciate our natural environment, why not help take care of it? Continue to the What can you do? section of our website.