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Local authority Porirua City
North Pukerua Bay
East Porirua Harbour
South Mana
West Plimmerton

Camborne, New Zealand, is a hilltop and seaside suburb of Porirua City developed over a 35-year period from the 1960s, initially by an investment company headed by a Mr Arthur Cornish. It was named after Camborne, Cornwall and most of its street names are of Cornish origin, but its main through street is "Pope Street", named after an honoured former resident of the immediately adjoining suburb of Plimmerton.

Much of it is within 5 minutes' walk of the Porirua Harbour, and most houses on the higher parts have views of the harbour and/or the green inland hills and/or the open sea and Mana Island.

Camborne is unusual among suburbs in New Zealand, in that it does not have any shops. However, commercial requirements can be met in Plimmerton and Mana shopping centres within walking distance, and recreational and education facilities are nearby. The Porirua City Centre is 5–10 minutes' drive to the south-west, and central Wellington is usually no more than 25 minutes away via State Highway 1, or by electric train from the stations at Mana and Plimmerton.

For a few years, there was an active Camborne Residents Association; but as the suburb matured there was less for such organisations to be concerned about, and the residents now participate in the 80-year-old Plimmerton Residents Association.

Panorama from Camborne

Camborne panorama March 2010
The extensive views of Porirua Harbour and the sea from Camborne. Mana Island is in the centre; Plimmerton to the right. Pauatahaunui Inlet is at the left.
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