With summer in full swing, it's time for you and your four-legged friend to get out and feel the sand under your paws.
To get you started, here's a pick of beaches and reserves across our region - all great places to stretch your legs, give your best friend some exercise, and make the most of summer in Tāmaki Makaurau.
Saint Leonards Beach
6 St Leonards Road, Hauraki
For anyone on the North Shore, the little-known St Leonard’s is the place to go, offering an off-lead beach spot at all hours.
Mellons Bay Beach
181R Mellons Bay Road, Mellons Bay
For anyone out east or even in central, nip along to Mellon’s Bay. The western area of the bay is off-lead 24/7 all year round and a great spot for a breezy summer walk. The reserve are is on-leash at all times, and the eastern beach is off-leash 5pm-10am in summer.
35R Beachlands Road, Beachlands
Beachlands Domain offers a great grassy space to let loose and run about off-lead during those summer days. Areas near the playground and sportsfield are either on-leash or prohibited, but other areas are off-leash at all times.
Waitākere Ranges Regional Park
A famous doggy paradise, there’s plenty of room to bark, play and jump in the waves at Piha. The area between Monkey Rock and Lion Rock is off-lead during the day, while other areas offer spots for on-lead strolls.
Sections of the Waitākere Ranges have been closed to the public to prevent the spread of kauri dieback. Help protect our kauri trees by following all signs and guidance in the area and by browsing information available on the council website.
Find a dog walking spot near you
Wondering about the restrictions at your local beach or park?
Click here to find out more about the rules for dogs in public places.
We are in the process of updating information on park signs to comply with new dog bylaws. In the meantime, always follow the rules on the council website for where you can walk your dog.
Call us on 09 301 0101 if you need help or are unsure about the rules in your area.