Click to go to the Porirua Pathfinder page.Whitireia Park: Top 12 Tracks No. 3

This is a 6.5 kilometre pathway through farmland following the coastline or along cliff tops. Starting from the Onepoto foreshore by the boatsheds, you can walk or bike right around the harbour edge to Onehunga Bay. Stop at Onehunga Bay for a picnic, and then continue up to the cliff tops for views out towards Mana Island and the South Island.

The Te Onepoto Loop Track takes about 1.5 hours to walk one-way. There are farm stiles to cross, so strong footwear is recommended and make sure you take warm clothes and plenty of drinking water.

Walkers enjoying the view to Mana Island from Whitireia Park.
Walkers enjoying the view to Mana Island from Whitireia Park.

Biker using Whitireia Park coastal route near Paremata.
Biker using Whitireia Park coastal route near Paremata.

How to get there

Start at Onepoto Road, off Titahi Bay Road, by the Onepoto Boat Sheds.

Click on the image to view the Whitireia Park line drawing map (pdf). Maps


Walkers; Bikes. Not suitable for wheelchairs.
Dogs: Permitted off lead but must be under control at all times.


Toilets: At Onehunga Bay
Picnic Tables: At Onehunga Bay


Onepoto Road to Onehunga Bay easiest – easy (0-4% slopes); Onehunga Bay west – moderate (slopes up to 12%).

Elevation: Whitireia Park - Coastal Route.

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Links to other Tracks

Track 8, Southern Clifftop Walkway. Please refer to "Porirua's Great Walking and Cycling Tracks" (1.9MB 2 page pdf) brochure for more information.


Start at Onepoto boatsheds and walk right around the coastline of Whitireia Park to Richard Street. Follow Richard Street right down to Titahi Bay Beach. Walk along the Bay's beach and then up into Stuart Park and onto the South Clifftop Walk.

Environment Code

  • Protect plants and wildlife
  • Remove rubbish
  • Keep to the track
  • Consider other people
  • Clean up after your dog

Code of Conduct for Shared Pathways

  • Keep left
  • Consider others
  • Cyclists: use hand signals, warn others when passing and always give way to pedestrians. Give way to uphill users.


We hope you enjoy our Top 12 Tracks, and have the opportunity to complete all 12. Fill in our online feedback form with ideas for improvements, or reporting any issues or problems you encountered.

See Greater Wellington's Whitireia Park page.