Pooches and parks go hand-in-hand, so it’s no surprise that Auckland has a lot of great dog-friendly parks.
Some parks have purpose-built exercise areas and others have restrictions on when our four-legged friends can roam free.
Auckland Council Head of Parks Services Mark Bowater says dog-friendly outdoor spaces are becoming more important as Auckland’s population grows.
“There's an increasing demand for dog-friendly parks – like us, dogs need regular exercise, interaction with nature and time to socialise to stay happy and healthy.
“We have a number of dog-friendly parks across the region for people to enjoy. But please make sure your dog is kept under control at all times and that you're considerate of other park users.”
Here are a few spots to take your best friend for walkies:
Purpose-built dog agility stations
- Craigavon Park – 82-86 Kinross Street, Blockhouse Bay
- Corban Reserve – 130-136 Henderson Valley Road, Henderson (see video below)
- Manuka Reserve – 215 Manuka Road, Bayview
Other dog exercise areas
- Central dog exercise areas
- Hauraki Gulf islands dog exercise areas
- Northern dog exercise areas
- Southern dog exercise areas
- Western dog exercise areas
Doggy do’s and don’ts
- Respect the leash rules – on-leash means on-leash, no matter how well-trained your dog is.
- Pick up the poo! You could be fined $300 if you don't.
- Respect fellow park users and remove your rubbish. Litter can be harmful to people and pooches alike – clear up after you leave.
- Keep dogs clear of playgrounds.
- Dogs need to be under control at all times so keep an eye on them – dogs can get into trouble when their owner is distracted.
You can read more about being a responsible dog owner at the Auckland Council website.