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Porirua Harbour is a natural inlet in the south-western coast of the North Islandmarker of New Zealandmarker. The city of Poriruamarker, one of the four cities in the Wellingtonmarker conurbation, surrounds it. The city centre is to the south of the harbour.

Sunset over Porirua Inlet and Harbour entrance
harbour has an entrance only a few hundred metres in width, close to the suburb of Plimmertonmarker. It opens up into two arms, Porirua Inlet to the south and Pauatahanui Inlet to the north-east. Each arm is around three kilometres in length.

The wetland at Pauatahanuimarker, where Pauatahanui Stream enters the Pauatahanui Inlet, is the largest remaining estuarine wetland in the lower North Island, and the Pauatahanui Wildlife Reserve has been established to protect the Inlet's environment and to restore damaged areas.

Part of the Porirua Inlet was reclaimed for a causeway for the North Island Main Trunk Railway. The construction of this causeway created three shallow lagoons from the Harbour. When State Highway 1 was re-aligned in the 1970s alongside the railway, these lagoons were partially filled in. Aotea Lagoonmarker was developed into a recreational area.



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