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The city has wide range of housing ranging from affluent suburbs like Whitby to council housing estates in Waitangirua. Many suburbs have access to the sea as the suburbs city extends out to Titahi Bay, Plimmerton, and Pukerua Bay (all on the North Island's west coast). The city and CBD are built around Porirua Harbour with some suburbs extending quite a distance inland along the Pauatahanui Inlet, an arm of Porirua Harbour.
Suburbs include: Ascot Park, Camborne, Cannons Creek, Elsdon, Golden Gate, Hongoeka Bay, Karehana Bay, Kenepuru, Mana, Onepoto, Papakowhai, Paremata, Pauatahanui, Plimmerton, Porirua East, Pukerua Bay, Ranui Heights, Takapuwahia, Titahi Bay, Waitangirua, and Whitby.