Dog parks are fenced areas specially designed for dog and owner security. Dog exercise areas are open spaces where your dog can be off leash but under effective control.

Check our map of dog parks and exercise areas to see where you can take your dog.

Dedicated dog parks

Bexley Reserve

dog playing in parkAccess of Pages Road, Bexley.

The dog park area at Bexley Reserve is a small, fenced area.  

The park is in the process of being expanded to include planting, climbing obstacles and drinking fountains for dogs.

Facilities

  • doggy doo disposal bins
  • fenced enclosure

The Groynes

Dog on play equipmentAccess is off Johns Road.

The Groynes Dog Park consists of large open spaces with plenty of trees and two spring-fed streams for your dog to swim in.

Opening hours

8am daily until half an hour before sunset.

Facilities

  • Eight fenced areas with three agility/obstacle courses, including one for small dogs.
  • A dog memorial park.
  • Picnic and BBQ area.
  • Fresh drinking water.
  • Wash down area for dogs.
  • Doggy doo dispensers and rubbish bins.

Please note that dogs are prohibited elsewhere in the Groynes and must be kept on a leash if passing through the Groynes while on the Otukaikino walking track.

Horseshoe Lake

Dog drinking from tapAccess off Broomfield Terrace, Burwood.

While most of the reserve has been closed since the earthquakes, the dog park off Broomfield Terrace is open and you can still walk your dog on a leash around the outskirts of the reserve. 

Opening hours

Open 24 hours a day.

Facilities

  • Limited seating and parking for owners.
  • Securely fenced park with agility course, trees and open spaces.

Rawhiti Reserve

dog jumping over play equipmentAccess of Shaw Ave, New Brighton.

Open all day, this large dog park has plenty of trees and space for dogs to spring around as well as some course structures for exercising dogs.

Facilities

  • securely fenced area
  • agility course
  • all day parking

 

Styx Mill Reserve

dog jumping in pondAccess of Hussey Road, Styx Mill.

The water quality in the dog pond is variable due to algae. A permanent fence has been installed around the dog pond with gated access for those who choose to use it.

The location of the dog park is under review as part of the development of the Styx Mill Conservation Reserve.

Opening hours

7.30am daily, closing at 5.30pm in winter or a half hour before sunset in summer.

Facilities

  • two lake areas
  • toilets and car parking

Victoria Park Dog Park

people walking dogs on hillAccess off Victoria Park Road, Port Hills

This huge dog park offers grasslands, steep ridges and natural rocky outcrops for your dog to explore.

Opening hours

7.30am daily, with closing times of 6pm in winter and 9pm in summer.

Facilities

  • securely fenced area
  • fresh drinking water
  • doggy doo disposal bins

Dog exercise areas

Radley Park

Dog play equipmentAccess off Cumnor Terrace and Riley Crescent, Woolston.

Your dog can scale the A-frame, run through the tunnel, weave its magic through the weaving poles and walk the dog plank.

Opening Hours

  • open daily, 24 hours

Facilities

  • six medium height agility obstacles

Halswell Quarry Park

Access of Kennedys Bush Road, Halswell.

Halswell Quarry has a dog exercise area where dogs may be off their leash.

This area is not a designated dog park however, and is not fenced. Dog owners should be aware of other park users and keep their dogs under control at all times.

Dogs may be taken on most tracks through Halswell Quarry provided they are kept on a leash but are prohibited from the Wetlands Conservation Area.

Bottle Lake Forest Park

Access of Waitikiri Drive, Burwood.

Dogs are permitted off leash in Bottle Lake Forest as long as they are kept under effective control.

Please be aware of other recreational users and dog owners.

Take a look at some of the walks available for you and your dog at Bottle Lake.