The history of Porirua
Like so many of the smaller towns in New Zealand, Porirua has a rich history behind it. Its Maori name is thought to mean “two tides” in reference to its harbour that opens into two arms of the Porirua Inlet and Pauatahanui Inlet.
The town became an important transit point on the railway line between Wellington and Longburn and it experienced a population boom in the 1940s with the development of state housing.
Other notable bits of history include the establishment of the Porirua Lunatic Asylum in the 1880s (the largest in New Zealand at the time) and the country’s first McDonald’s restaurant built in 1976!
Things to do in Porirua
The lunatic asylum and original McDonald’s restaurant have both moved on but there’s still plenty to do in and around the city that’ll please people with a wide variety of interests.
Events and Festivals in Porirua
It’s always good to know if there are any events taking place when visiting as it always adds to the atmosphere and there are a few that take place in Porirua to keep an eye out for.
- January - Eat, drink and be crafty
- April - Porirua Grand Traverse
- September - Wellington Allergy Free & Healthy Living Show
- September - Titahi Bay Horticultural Society
- October - Black Hawk National Dog Show
- November - Wellington Pet and Animal Expo