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Dog days - great summer dog walking spots

Published: 16 December 2020

Put on sunblock and get outside with your canine companion this summer to explore our pick of the best beaches and reserves across Tāmaki Makaurau.

Te Tātua-a-Riukiuta / Big King Reserve, Mount Roskill

This is a lush, green paradise where dogs of all kinds can race around the off-leash area accessible off Duke Street. It’s just wild enough to feel like an adventure, and the generous loop track means there’s always something new to sniff out around every corner.

Leigh Coastal Path, Rodney

The on-lead walk has opportunities galore to enjoy different landscapes and watch the myriad native birds soaring high. It takes about an hour.

Kakamatua Inlet, Huia

This calm beach is very dog-friendly and is a great spot to teach your pup how to swim. Going at low tide means you and your pet can enjoy playing fetch and running around on the hard sand.

Cockle Bay Reserve, Cockle Bay

Take your four-legged friend to Cockle Bay Reserve this summer, where you can enjoy the beach views and playground. There are picnic tables and seating available. During summer, your pup can run free on the beach in the evenings and early mornings.

Auckland Botanic Gardens, Manurewa

Take your dog for a walk and combine its daily exercise with a visit to the Auckland Botanic Gardens – on leash in the gardens area, then off leash at the bottom of the gardens, where you can play with Rover in a beautiful area with plenty of space to run.

It’s a great open space for your pup to run around and meet other dogs. Bins are provided for those little ‘gifts’ that they often leave.

Find more walks

If you’re keen to find a new dogwalking spot or to learn about the restrictions at your local beach or park, aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/parks has all you need to know about the rules that apply in public places

Read more: Dogs Summer

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