Aotea Lagoon, Papakowhai

This page describes the facilities and features at Aotea Lagoon, Porirua City's premiere amenity reserve and event venue, and how you can hire parts of the lagoon for an event or private function.  Free parking at the northern and southern gates.

Aotea Lagoon has a paved walkway suitable for all ages and abilities

View of Aotea Lagoon.
View of Aotea Lagoon from the southern entrance, looking north over the wharf.

There is a wide flat paved walkway around the lagoon that takes in the gardens, duck and wild fowl pond, playground, picnic and barbeque areas and a small fishing jetty.   Children love riding their bikes and scooters, and it is an ideal place to let your toddlers loose in a safe environment.  Aotea Lagoon is also ideal for wheelchair users and parents with prams.

A view looking north of the Aotea Lagoon pathway and fishing jetty.
A view looking north of the Aotea Lagoon pathway and fishing jetty.

It is not a swimming lagoon, however it is possible to canoe on the lagoon, but large groups require permission from the Council. Fishing is permitted and there are a number of suitable locations to drop a line into the water.

There is an 18 metre Petanque terrain on the eastern side of the lagoon. This court is made of crushed lime and is large enough to allow up to four games of Petanque to be played simultaneously. Casual play every Sunday.

View of the petanque terrain.
View of the petanque terrain.

The paved circular path around the lagoon is 732m long - 14 laps will give you a 10k run or walk, and you can try out our fitness stations dotted around the pathway.  The Lagoon is open 24 hours a day, and if you are there at night, you can activate the lights from the pole next to the path at the northern duckpond.

Aotea Lagoon windmill.
Aotea Lagoon windmill, a great photographic spot.

View a map of Aotea Lagoon below, or download a one page printable map.

Colourful map of Aotea Lagoon and its main amenities.
Image showing the Aotea Lagoon map which is available at all entrances.

Smokefree parks logo. Popular Adventure Fort and Toddlers Playground

The adventure fort and playground is located at the northern end of the lagoon, and is a hit with children and adults alike.  Come along and try out all the activities for yourself.

The toddlers playground includes equipment suitable for the under 5's with a range of "Koala" modular equipment based around enclosed bubbles to choose from.

Toilets are located at both the southern and northern entrances.

Free Barbeque and picnic facilities are available at the northern end of the lagoon.

Aotea Lagoon toddlers playground.
Aotea Lagoon toddlers playground.  Suitable for babies and toddlers.

Aotea Lagoon Adventure Fort.
Everyone loves the Aotea Lagoon adventure fort.  A wonderful experience for adults and children of all ages.

A view of the climbing ropes tower at Aotea Lagoon.
A view of the climbing ropes tower at Aotea Lagoon. Great for older children.

Rose Garden

Aotea Lagoon rose gardens - view from fountain.
View of the Rose Gardens and fountain.  A very relaxing sheltered spot.  Just stroll around and smell the roses.

The Aotea Lagoon rose garden at the southern end is home to 18 varieties of roses that provide a stunning setting for summer weddings and weekend outings. The large lawn area provides a perfect backdrop to the rose garden creating a peaceful spot to relax and unwind in, and have a picnic.

Aotea Lagoon for private hire

In addition to the much used booking service for picnics and events at Aotea Lagoon, the Council is now able to offer two areas for exclusive use:

  • The Rose Garden at Aotea Lagoon
  • The Island at the Aotea Lagoon

Rose Garden
If you are looking for a lovely outdoor venue for your wedding ceremony, take a look at The Rose Garden at Aotea Lagoon.  The intimate venue is very popular in the summer.

You can have exclusive use of the Pergola, rose garden and fernhouse. Check our hire fees. A refundable bond is also applicable. 

The Island at the Lagoon
This is really unique opportunity to have your event on an island in a Sea lagoon. An exclusive use of a 1400m2 flat grass island, in Aotea sea Lagoon. It is reached by a short bridge from middle gateway on Papakowhai Road.

It is ideal for having an open air event on or erecting a large marquee.  It has the added benefit of single phase power for lighting and sound systems and three phase power for portable temporary kitchen use.  The cost of reasonable usage of electricity is included in the hire fee.
To book your wedding or event at either Rose Garden or The Island please complete the application form using the link below, and follow the instructions contained within it.  You can also telephone the Porirua City Council Call Centre on phone (04) 237 5089.

How to get to Aotea Lagoon

By car

Driving just a few minutes north of Porirua City on State Highway 1, Aotea Lagoon can be seen from the road. Turn off either at Whitford Brown Avenue, or at the Paremata roundabout. You'll find plenty of parking at the southern and northern ends of the lagoon - there's a "no vehicle" policy in the grounds.

By train

Trains depart Wellington and Paraparaumu for Porirua regularly. From the Porirua train station, a No 65/67 bus will take you to Aotea Lagoon. For timetable information, call Ridewell on phone (04) 801 7000 or look up the timetables on Metlink.


We love hearing from you about your experiences at Aotea Lagoon.  If you see anything that you think needs fixing, or just want to tell us what a great time you had, then fill in our Online Form

Links to more information

Porirua City Council links:

External websites:

  • Metlink - for train and bus timetables