Titahi Bay is a suburb of Porirua – and frankly I hadn’t thought much of it until we started regularly visiting. The reason for the visits is small and hairy – and with a great love for the beach! I love the beach too – but frankly Titahi’s beaches are a little too cool for my taste.
Whiteria Park is at the northern tip of Titahi Bay – and has a dog-friendly beach and walk around the headland to Porirua Harbour. Frankly over all the years of living around Wellington, it was only when Googled “dog friendly beach northern Wellington” – that I found the place and visited it.
I was struck not just by the beaches, but by the village feel of Titahi Bay. The suburb was originally a holiday retreat for Wellingtonians who came by train and then motor coach during the early part of the 20th century. You can still see the odd larger house dating from the 1920’s which look like they were lodging houses or seaside holiday homes of the rich.
Previously, if I’d thought of the Porirua suburb at all, I’d have thought of the sandy crescent of the west facing Titahi Bay beach with it’s view to Mana Island and, on a clear day, to the South Island beyond. The boatsheds are often used as the symbol of Porirua, and feature on the Welcome to Porirua City sign on state highway 1.