This page describes the seven beaches around Porirua City and how you can enjoy a visit to the beach.

Porirua has seven beaches to choose from

Titahi Bay

A popular swimming and surfing beach, with toilets and changing facilities at both ends. To keep you safe in the water, surf lifeguards patrol the beach on weekends during the summer months, and all week long during December and January.  Arnold Park at the south end of the beach contains a playground, carpark, and toilet/changing facilities.  Stuart Park is a popular dog walking area.
A view of Titahi Bay beach.
A view of Titahi Bay beach.

Karehana Bay, Plimmerton

A popular boating area at the northern end of Plimmerton, Karehana Bay has a small flat sandy beach area suitable for sunbathing and swimming. Toilet and changing facilities are available at the northern end of the beach.  The Plimmerton Boating Club provides support and training for yachting and other water activities for both younger and older participants.

View of Karehana Bay, Plimmerton.
View of Karehana Bay, Plimmerton at high tide.

A view of Karehana Bay and Plimmerton Boating Club.
A view of Karehana Bay across the rocks to Plimmerton Boating Club.

Plimmerton Beach

A very popular beach for swimmers and an exciting spot for windsurfers (with specially designated windsurfing areas at the southern end of the beach). There are toilets and changing facilities at the beach's southern end.

Pukerua Bay

A safe, beach, suitable for swimmers and keen surfers alike. Being sheltered from the south, it's a great bathing spot even if there's a southerly wind blowing. Three small toilet and changing facilities are available, along with limited parking spaces.  Brendan's Beach Reserve at the eastern end has coastal vegetation as well as public toilets.  It is an identified tauranga waka site of Ngati Toa and adjoins a waahi tapu site.

A view from the hill looking over Pukerua Bay beach and rocky outcrop.
A view from the hill looking over Pukerua Bay beach and rocky outcrop.


Also known as Dolly Varden Beach, located close to the main highway at Paremata, and with public toilets and barbeque facilities. Take extra care as it's a busy area for aquatic recreation pursuits with the Paremata Boating Club located on the south side of the channel and a public boat launching facility on the north side.

Ivey and Browns Bay, Paremata

Ivey and Browns Bay are safe, shallow paddling beaches. There is a mud bottom, so you won't need to worry about sharp stones underfoot!  Ivey Bay is popular for launching small boats.

Onehunga or Shelly Bay, Titahi Bay, Whitireia Park

A safe, flat beach especially popular with families. Activities that you can enjoy here include swimming, snorkelling, windsurfing, fishing, walking and picnicking. Walking and mountain biking around the peninsula is popular.

Water Testing

The water quality at the beaches is tested weekly between November and March to ensure the water is safe for bathing. The results are available on the Recreational Water Quality page of the Greater Wellington Regional Council Website (see link below).

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