I’ve written before about moving to Titahi Bay Now we are here I haven’t been disappointed. So far I’ve found about 7 reasons why I think Porirua is better than Wellington – specifically Titahi Bay – frankly you couldn’t pay me to live in Whitby or Aotea! Here’s my take on the advantage of a move to Porirua.
Maybe it’s the time of year, but the place really does feel like a holiday town! It just feels more laid back than Wellington! Every one smiles and makes eye contact. It’s delightfully mufti-cultural. There’s a village feel, local trades know the house when I describe the location.
The iconic Titahi Bay is at the end of my street – it’s several kilometers long. Then there is Whiteria beach, the whole reason we even contemplated moving here, miles of flat beach, rocks, swimming and fishing. I believe there are other tracks – haven’t got to them yet! This move to Titahi Bay has certainly improved my fitness!
Wellington has excellent libraries, and the nearest one is 10 min down the road in Tawa, so I won’t be handing in my Wellington library card, but Porirua has proven an unexpected benefit: free digital magazines which you can download and read on your tablet. And is no return period! As I am at the collect he pretty pages of renovations – this is a great!
Free parking. Everywhere. And the locals complain about getting a park! Seriously. Still can’t get over the fact that the 3 times I’ve had to go to the Council, I’ve gone and parked at the door, for free, legally.
I was surprised at how little parking there is at Titahi Bay Beach, and Whiteria Park. And yes it was parked out at Whiteria – on the 3rd Jan, a Saturday, when it was fine warm day! There was, like, 50 people there!!!! We were forced to drive 2 minutes down the road in the other direction! Have you ever tried to find a park in Oriental Bay or Scorching Bay on a warm summer’s weekend day?
Mitre10 and Bunnings have been doing very well out of us – they are both about 5 minutes drive away. As is almost every other big-box retailer, with the smaller ones slightly down the road at the big mall. And there is Moore Wilsons about 5 minutes further away when I want to buy expensive, good quality food. Yes Wellington has prettier shops – but Porirua has far more shops you actually need.
It’s warmer and sunnier than Wellington – today it was gray and overcast in Wellington, I rest my case:
And I’ve always noticed, as you drive from the north, just as you pass Porirua, the temperature drops a little and the rain clouds are a little bit more prominent….