Activities

Dog walking with restrictions

Dogs are welcome in some parks but restrictions apply in many, for the protection of native species, fragile ecosystems and farm animals. Dogs are prohibited in wildlife areas and on farm parks. Where dogs are allowed, they must be kept under control and droppings must be removed.

Parks where this activity is available

Arataki Visitor Centre
Arataki Visitor Centre
Dogs are allowed on a lead but not permitted inside the visitor centre.
Hamlins Hill Mutukaroa
Hamlins Hill Mutukaroa
Dogs are allowed under control on leash.
Huia
Huia
Dogs are allowed but must be on a lead.
Hunua Falls
Hunua Falls

Dogs prohibited in camping areas under Schedule 1 and temporary restrictions may apply during seasonal farming operations (lambing and calving) under Clause 10 of the Dog Management Bylaw.

  • Dogs are allowed under control on a leash in areas not specifically identified as being prohibited.
  • Dogs are prohibited in picnic areas, exclusive areas around and including the water supply dams and on the Kohukohunui Track. Explanatory
Hunua Ranges
Hunua Ranges

Dogs prohibited in camping areas under Schedule 1 and temporary restrictions may apply during seasonal farming operations (lambing and calving) under Clause 10 of the Dog Management Bylaw.

  • Dogs are allowed under control on a leash in areas not specifically identified as being prohibited.
  • Dogs are prohibited in picnic areas, exclusive areas around and including the water supply dams and on the Kohukohunui Track.
Karekare
Karekare

All dogs must be on a lead at Karekare.  Dogs are prohibited access to Whatipu Scientific Reserve and adjacent Crown Foreshore via Karekare south of Karekare beach.

Long Bay
Long Bay

South of the Vaughan Stream

Park land No dogs at all times, including in vehicles.
Beach, below high tide During daylight savings from 10am to 6.30pm dogs are allowed and must be on a leash at all times. All other times dogs are allowed off leash and must be under continuous control at all times.

North of the Vaughan Stream

Bird breeding season Dogs will be prohibited north of the Vaughan Stream during the bird breeding season. (the first day in October to the last day March) No dogs past this point signs will be in place over the bird breeding season.
Outside bird breeding season
  • Only accessible via the beach and crossing the Vaughan Stream mouth.
  • Park Land: Outside bird breeding season: Dogs are allowed, and must be on a leash. Dogs are allowed all year, and must be on a leash.
  • Beach, below high tide: Outside bird breeding season: During daylight savings from 10am to 6.30pm dogs are allowed and must be on a leash at all times. All other times dogs are allowed off-leash and must be under continuous control at all times.

 

Mahurangi
Mahurangi
Sullivans Bay and Te Muri parkland and adjoining beaches No dogs at all times, including in vehicles.
Cudlip Point Loop Track Dogs are allowed all year and must be on a leash at all times.
Mita Bay Beach
  • Dogs are allowed on a leash at all times on beach only around to Opahi Bay.
  • Dogs can only access Mita Bay by boat, or by foot from Opahi Bay (which is outside the park).
  • Dogs are prohibited from the campground and grassed areas.
Scott Point land and beaches<
  • Dogs are prohibited between 10am and 6.30pm from Labour weekend to 1 March. At all other times dogs are allowed and must be under continuous control at all times.
  • Dogs are prohibited inside the picket fence area of the homestead at all times.
Mahurangi East land & beaches Dogs are prohibited at all times.
Muriwai
Muriwai

Dogs are allowed under control on leash, except that

On Muriwai beach
  • Dogs are allowed under control off leash at all times in the dog exercise area on Muriwai beach from a point 450 metres north from Motutara road for a distance of approximately 10 km to the beginning of the Muriwai beach Marginal strip and adjacent Crown foreshore.
  • Dogs are allowed under control off leash on that part of Muriwai Beach from Motutara Road to a point 450m to the north from 7.00pm to 9.00am between the 1st Sunday in October and the 3rd Sunday in March, and are allowed under control off a leash at  all times from the day after the 3rd Sunday in March to the day before the 1st Sunday in October. Dogs are prohibited from 9.00am to 7.00pm between the 1st Sunday in October and the 3rd Sunday in March.
Otakamiro point - Maukatia special management zone (including Maori bay) and associated beach and foreshore areas Dogs are prohibited
Omana
Omana
  • Dogs are allowed on a leash in the arrival area, and on the Beachlands to Maraetai walk/cycle way.
  • Dogs are allowed off leash on the perimeter walk and associated foreshore (excluding Omana Beach).
  • Dogs are prohibited in all other areas of the park.

Note: Temporary restrictions may apply during seasonal farming operations (lambing and calving) under Clause 10 of Dog Management Bylaw.

Piha
Piha
At all times, dogs are allowed  off-leash in the areas of: Piha Domain and the adjacent lagoon area up to the point where the beach area opens out to the south and north and as marked by appropriate marker poles.
During daylight, dogs are allowed off-leash in the areas of: South of Monkey Rock to the access track at Little Lion Rock Corner (at the beginning of Marine Parade North). Between sunset to sunrise dogs must be on-leash.
At all times, dogs are allowed on-leash on all park areas adjacent to North Piha beach between Monkey Rock and the access track at Little Lion Rock Corner (at the beginning of Marine Parade North). This includes:
  • North Piha Strand
  • Piha Esplanade Reserve
  • Les Waygood Park
  • North Piha Esplanade
At all times, dogs are to be on-leash in the area of:
  • From a point approximately 190 metres north of the end of North Piha Road southwards to Monkey Rock (the regional park boundary opposite 61 North Piha Road)
  • Piha South Road Reserve adjacent to Piha Beach
At all times, dogs are prohibited from areas:
  • South of the access point at Little Lion Rock Corner (at the beginning of Marine Parade North) to the southern end of Piha Beach
  • North Piha Beach, from 190 metres of North Piha Road
  • Piha Beach, from north to south 
Shakespear
Shakespear

 

Open sanctuary, Te Haruhi Bay, farmland and adjoining beaches:

  • No dogs are at all times, including in vehicles.

Army Bay, Okoromai Bay and Waterfall Gully car park:

Picnic areas, walking tracks, and roads:
  • Dogs are allowed all year off leash, must be under continuous control at all times and must be on a leash on sign posted tracks.

Adjoining beaches:
  • No dogs between 9am and 7pm from the first Sunday in October to the 3rd Sunday in March.
  • All other times dogs are allowed off leash and must be under continuous control at all times.

 

Tapapakanga
Tapapakanga
  • Dogs are allowed under control on leash on the park between 1 December and 30 June.
  • Dogs are allowed under control off leash on the associated beach. 
  • Dogs are prohibited on the park between 1 July and 30 November (lambing and calving season).
Tawhitokino
Tawhitokino
Tawhitokino and Orere Point: Dogs are allowed under control off leash on the beach but are prohibited from the campsites.
Te Arai
Te Arai

All coast lines and beaches, northern car park and upper western park land:

  • No dogs at all times, including in vehicles.

Eastern car park, quarry and the lower eastern park land to the south:

  • Dogs are allowed on leash, all year.
Te Henga - Bethells
Te Henga - Bethells
At all times, dogs are allowed off-leash on the areas of: Grass areas at the Bethells Road entrance.
During daylight, sunrise to sunset, dogs are allowed off-leash on the areas of: Waitakere Bay, i.e. beach area north of the river mouth.
At all times, dogs are to be on-leash in the areas of:
  • The beach, between the marker pole to the small south headland, as marked by marker poles
  • Car park, cafe and on the track leading to the lagoon and beach.
During night time, sunset to sunrise, dogs are to be on-leash in the areas of: Waitakere Bay, i.e. beach area north of the river mouth.
Dogs are prohibited from the areas of:
  • O'Neill Bay
  • Areas south of the southern headland, as marked by poles
  • All other areas of Te Henga Park.
Waharau
Waharau
  • Dogs are allowed under control on leash on the park but are prohibited during lambing and calving season between July and November.
  • Dogs are allowed under control off leash on foreshore of the East Coast Road Reserve north of Waharau.
Waitakere Ranges
Waitakere Ranges
Dogs are allowed under control on leash in: Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, Exhibition Drive Walk (Titirangi), and associated beach and foreshore areas not specifically identified as a prohibited or off-leash are.
Dogs are allowed under control off  leash in the following areas:
  • Cornwallis Beach sand area from sunrise until 9am daily.
  • Open areas of Kakamatua Inlet including beach and foreshore area but must be under control on leash in all other parts of Kakamatua SMZ (in particular Kakamatua Beach Walk, Orpheus Graves Walk and Kakamatua Inlet Track).
Dogs are prohibited in the following areas:
  • In all designated picnic areas and camping areas;
  • On all grassed areas at Cornwallis Beach within Cornwallis special management zone (SMZ);
  • In water supply buffer lands and reservoirs within the Water Catchment Area SMZ
  • In the following Special Management Zones – Whatipu Scientific Reserve SMZ, Pararha Valley SMZ, Lion Rock SMZ, North Piha SMZ, Tasman and Gap Lookouts SMZ, Lake Wainamu SMZ, Cascades Kauri Ark-in-the-Park SMZ.
  • Whatipu Crown foreshore adjacent to Whatipu Scenic Reserve.
  • The following tracks - Anawhata Beach Track (Anawhata SMZ); Auckland City Walk, Anderson Track, Cascade Track, Lower Kauri Track, Upper Kauri Track, Robinson Ridge Track, Waitakere Tramline Walk, West Tunnel Mouth Track, Fence Line Track, Pukematekao Track and Whatitiri Track (Ark in the Park SMZ); Laird Thompson Track (North Piha SMZ); Lion Rock Track (Piha SMZ); Tasman Lookout Track (South Piha SMZ); Lake Wainamu Track (Lake Wainamu SMZ); Muir Track and Pararaha Valley Track (Pararha Valley SMZ); Whatipu Caves Track and Whatipu Coast Walk (Whatipu Scientific Reserve SMZ).
Waitawa
Waitawa

Dogs are allowed on the park at all times on a leash; except they are prohibited from the Waitawa Bay Campground, wetlands (breeding and roosting areas) and seasonal farming.  We will interpret the “seasonal farming” as any paddock that has stock in it until further notice.

Dogs are permitted on the beaches off a leash but must be under control.

Wenderholm
Wenderholm
Main car park, bush headlands, picnic areas and adjoining beaches
  • No dogs at all times, including in vehicles.
Park Entrance grassed picnic area
  • Dogs are allowed off leash and must be under continuous control at all times.
Walking track to Waiwera Estuary and Kokoru Bay
  • Dogs allowed all year and must be on a leash at all times.
Roads and tracks to the north (Puhoi River) side of the main park access road: Roads and tracks only:
  • Dogs are allowed and must be on a leash at all times.
Schischka campground and Schischka bach:
  • No dogs at any time, including in vehicles.
Whakanewha
Whakanewha
Dogs are allowed under control on leash but are prohibited from the park to the seaward side of Gordon’s Road and the adjoining beaches.
Whakatiwai
Whakatiwai

Dogs are allowed under control on leash on the park but are prohibited during lambing and calving season between July and November.

Whatipu
Whatipu
  • Dogs are not permitted in the Whatipu Scientific Reserve or on the Whatipu Crown foreshore (beach), adjacent to the Whatipu Scientific Reserve.
  • Dogs are permitted under control and on a leash on the Omanawanui, Gibbons and Kura tracks but are not permitted on the Caves, Muir and Pararaha Valley Tracks.