Dogs are an easy pet to please, enjoying off-leash runs at a local dog park and of course, lots of love. New Zealand is a very dog-friendly location, with dog parks located from the beach to the bush, right across the country. Here’s your unofficial guide to New Zealand’s dog parks.
Meola Reef Dog Park
Located in Western Springs, Meola Reef Dog Park is a secure area that your four-legged friend can enjoy. Remember to pack towels to dry the mud off your dog in winter and following wet weather. The well maintained park is popular with the locals as it’s also the only fully fenced, year round off-leash dog park in central Auckland.
Big King Reserve
Located in the suburb of Mount Roskill, Big King Reserve spoils walkers and their pooch with beautiful views of the city. The unusual oasis of green sits in the middle of suburbia and features complimentary extras such as toilet bags for your dog.
Complete with a lake that’s a big hit with the local four-legged members of Meadowbank, Waiatarua Reserve is a popular off-leash park all day long. Be prepared for muddy paws following wet weather though!
A dog park that has everything, Macleans dog park in Eastern Beach has open off leash fields, bush to run through and beach access. The hilly park has a number of different walks to take which means your dog will always have new smells to sniff.
The Groynes Dog Park
With large open spaces for running and spring-fed streams for swimming, the Groynes Dog Park is a favourite with four-legged locals. The park has eight fenced areas, three agility and obstacle courses, a dog memorial park and a wash down area for those muddy paws.
Styx Mill Conservation Reserve Dog Park
If your dog doesn’t like to swim, or if you prefer to have the choice of whether your pooch goes for a dip or not, Styx Mill Conservation Reserve has a permanently fenced dog pond surrounded by exercise areas and walking tracks.
Does your dog like to run? Then Templeton’s Reserve’s large open spaces are perfect for your next walk. There are no gates or fences and the pond is not suitable for swimming, but the open space your dog will have more than makes up for it.
Let your dog scale the A-frame and run through tunnels at one of six agility obstacles in Radley Park. Open daily, the park also has weaving poles and plants your dog can manoeuvre across in a fun afternoon walk.
This one’s for the humans and their four-legged friends. An off-leash walking track, Maupuia Walkway treats visitors to spectacular views. The path winds along Maupuia Heights and connects to Shelly Bay for dogs with more energy to burn.
Lyall Bay Beach
Dogs are welcome to enjoy Lyall Bay Beach off-leash from the seawall steps to the airport end of the beach. Let your dog soak up the sun and enjoy the salty water of the ocean.
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