Image of front entrance of Te Rauparaha Arena during the day.

The Arena

Welcome to Te Rauparaha Arena

View a Google map, or look at the map on the right.  


From North:

  • Take off ramp and overbridge to Porirua and Titahi Bay. 
  • Turn right at the roundabout (next to Pak'n'Save) onto Parumoana Street. 
  • Continue straight through the next roundabout. 
  • Turn left at roundabout (opposite Big Save Furniture and Briscoes). This will take you into an access way and to the carpark of Te Rauparaha Arena.

From South:

  • Take off ramp to Porirua. Turn left onto over bridge (Titahi Bay Road). 
  • Continue straight through roundabout at bottom of the bridge (continuing on Titahi Bay Road). 
  • Continue straight through next roundabout (next to KFC). 
  • Continue straight through traffic lights. Turn right at roundabout (next to Denny's Restaurant) onto Semple Street. 
  • Turn right at roundabout (next to Burger King) onto Parumoana Street. 
  • Turn right at roundabout (opposite Briscoes and Big Save Furniture) into the access way and carpark of Te Rauaparaha Arena.


There are a number of bus routes throughout the City with the closest bus stop to Te Rauparaha Arena on Norrie Street. It is then a short one to two minute walk to the front entrance of the Arena.

Check out the Mana Coach Services website for route timetables and fare information.


Porirua Station (on the Kapiti Line) is an easy 10 minute walk to Te Rauparaha Arena.

Follow Lyttleton Avenue, and then walk up Norrie Street or cross Te Rauparaha Park to get to the front entrance of Te Rauparaha Arena.

See the TranzMetro website for train and bus timetables.

Te Rauparaha Arena has 220 free car parking spaces available within the main parking area.

Where anticipated demand for onsite parking will exceed the car parks available onsite, there is free kerbside parking on Heriot Drive, Wineera Drive and Norrie Street within a 5 minute walk.

There are also a number of other free parking spaces throughout the City.


The Arena Cafe is located at the entrance to Te Rauparaha Arena complex.

All food is made fresh daily with a wide range of cabinet food. You can also order menu items plus great coffees, teas, smoothies and milkshakes.

The Arena Cafe is open 7 days a week between 9am and 4.30pm and has both indoor and outdoor dining during the summer period.

Stop by the Arena Cafe and enjoy a cup of coffee, a bite to eat before an event, or grab something on your way out of your swim or gym session.

Phone Sarah Chen on (04) 237 7494 to discuss your requirements.


Tickets for events held at Te Rauparaha Arena are sold through Ticketek. 


Tickets are available for purchase via the following methods:

  • Ticketek website 
  • Over the counter at Te Rauparaha Arena
  • Other Ticketek outlets and venues throughout New Zealand


The following service fees apply when purchasing tickets:

  • Online: $1.50 per ticket
  • Te Rauparaha Arena Box Office: $2.00 per ticket


The following delivery fees apply when purchasing tickets:

  • Printing Your Own: Free

All ticket purchases are subject to Ticketek terms and conditions and venue entry requirements.

View Ticketek's Terms and Conditions.

There are eight disabled car parks available on a first come first served basis. A mobility pass must be present and visible at all times.

There are fully accessible toilets located at the building entrance near the cafe, as well as down the main corridor of Te Rauparaha Arena.

Wheelchair users or those with mobility issues should contact the friendly staff at Te Rauparaha Arena to let us know if you have a ticket for an event and may need some assistance or special seating arrangements.

In the theatre, there is a hearing loop available for those with hearing impairments. Please ask the venue staff if you will require this service.

Te Rauparaha Arena is proud to be Porirua’s Premier Events Centre. We aim to ensure that all of our patrons have a memorable and top-class experience every time you visit our venue. To help achieve this, we have a few Conditions of Entry for everyone’s safety and comfort and we ask that everyone abides by the following conditions:

* Please note that venue hirers may impose additional conditions for their specific event.

Dress Code

  • Clothing must reach an appropriate standard of decency
  • No visible gang patches
  • Bare feet are not permitted
  • Hooded jerseys may be worn but hoods are not to be worn over the head

Bag Searches for Ticketed Events

  • Your bags/possessions may be subject to a search upon entering or exiting the venue
  • If you refuse a bag search, you may be denied entry into the venue
  • Prohibited items will be confiscated (as listed below)

Items that cannot be brought into Te Rauparaha Arena:

  • Alcohol
  • Illegal Substances
  • Glassware, Glass Bottles/Cans
  • Commercially branded food and drink
  • Dogs or other pets (Guide Dogs/Assistance are Permitted)
  • Skateboards, scooters, bicycles or roller blades
  • Laser pointers, fireworks, flares
  • Helium Balloons
  • LPG Gas bottles
  • Large amounts of water
  • Recording devices for commercial purposes
  • Professional cameras (i.e. cameras with a detachable lens) or video recorders
  • Marker pens, spray paint or tagging equipment
  • Any item that may compromise or otherwise impact on the safety, comfort and enjoyment of other patrons or affect the security of the venue

Venue management has final authority over items permitted in the venue.


Te Rauparaha Arena is a non-smoking environment and smoking is not permitted within the venue at any time.


Security cameras are operating throughout the whole building, for the safety and security of all patrons.

Patrons bring personal belongings into the venue at their own risk. Te Rauparaha Arena will not take responsibility for any damage or loss of personal property. 

Disruptive and antisocial behaviour will not be tolerated within our venue. This includes, but is not limited to, verbal/physical abuse of staff or any other patrons, attempting to enter a restricted area, defacing, throwing objects, climbing and blocking thoroughfares.

There are no ATM or cash out facilities within the venue, however there are ATMs within two minutes’ walk of the venue.

You may be required to leave the venue if you engage in conduct which unreasonably interferes with the enjoyment of the event by other customers, including (but not exclusive to) fighting, foul language, abusive conduct; any act that hampers or impedes the conduct of the event or breaches any by-laws applicable to the venue.

Management reserves the right to refuse entry to any person, and to remove from the premises, any person who violates any of the conditions listed above.

No ticket refunds will be provided in case of violation of these conditions.

Please note that restrictions and conditions may vary for specific events, based on promoter’s requirements and requests.


There are a variety of accommodation options available within 10 minutes’ drive of Te Rauparaha Arena.

Listed below are the Lodges and Motels.

You can view other options on the Porirua City Council ‘Places to Stay’ webpage. 

Aotea Lodge
Address: 65 Whitford Brown Ave, Papakowhai, Porirua City
Phone: (04) 237 4257

Marina Motor Lodge
Address: 57 Mana Esplanade, Mana, Porirua City
Phone: (04) 233 9009

Moana Lodge
Address: 49 Moana Rd, Plimmerton, Porirua City
Phone: (04) 233 2010

Mana Motel
Address: 41 Mana Esplanade, Mana, Porirua City
Phone: (04) 233 8139


Spinnaker Motel
Address: 2 Grays Rd, Plimmerton, Porirua City
Phone: (04) 233 8171

Amethyst Court Motel
Address: 5 Titahi Bay Rd, Porirua City
Phone: (04) 237 6989


Belmont Motor Lodge
Address: 1 Mungavin Ave, Porirua East, Porirua City
Phone: (04) 238 2129

For alternative hotels nearby, check HotelsCombined

Need for a New Facility

The original 'Porirua Recreation Centre' was opened in 1975, and was managed and maintained by the community with backing from Porirua City Council. In 1998, the community could no longer maintain this major focal point of Porirua and required the Council to take overall control.

During the early 2000's there was a growing demand from the community for a bigger facility, it was also becoming obvious that a major makeover was necessary. With the cost of replacing the roof among other required upgrades totalling in the millions, it was proposed that a new facility be built. Porirua City Council engaged architects Stephenson and Turner to prepare designs for a potential new complex. The final decision was put forward to the community and following public meetings, a proposal to build a new facility was approved. Building commenced in January 2008 and was completed in November 2008. The Grand Opening of the Arena was held on November 2008 with a gala dinner and performances, including Ben Makisi.

The Name 'Te Rauparaha'

The name Te Rauparaha Arena comes from the original great chief of Ngati Toa and leader of Ngati Raukawa - Te Rauparaha. In 1821 he played a prominent role in the migration of the Ngati Toa to the Kapiti Coast. Te Rauparaha was one of the Maori chiefs that signed the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840.

Read more about Te Rauparaha in the Heritage section on the Porirua City Council website.