In certain areas and times of the year dogs are prohibited from being on the beach.

boy and dog in kayak

Dogs are prohibited at some beaches used for swimming and recreation activities during summer.

This is to protect swimming and recreation activities from dog-related nuisances. These areas are called ‘summer beach prohibition areas’. They are set out in the Council’s Dog Control Policy and are listed below. Dogs are prohibited in these areas from 1 November 2016 to 31 March 2017 between 9am and 7pm. 

Although dogs are prohibited, dog owners are allowed to walk their dog through these areas, as long as the dog is on a short leash and the dog and owner are passing through (not remaining) in the area.

The summer beach prohibition areas apply on specified swimming beaches or sections of beach, not along the whole coastal area. Other coastal areas have dog prohibition status year-round to protect wildlife, such as penguins and endangered wading birds. These areas are also set out in the Council’s Dog Control Policy.

Outside of these dates and times, beaches with summer beach prohibitions in place revert back to 'under effective control' areas. If you are a dog owner and you have your dog off-leash in a public place, such as at a beach, you must have it ‘under effective control’ - this means being aware of where the dog is and what it is doing, and ensuring it is responsive to commands and is not creating a nuisance.

Christchurch City swimming beaches

Dogs are prohibited in these areas from 1 November 2016 to 31 March 2017 between 9am-7pm:

  • Spencer Park Beach, Waimairi Beach, North Beach and South New Brighton Beach - dogs are prohibited for a distance of 100 metres in a northerly and southerly direction from the Surf Life Saving Club’s pavilions.
  • New Brighton Beach - dogs are prohibited for a distance of 100 metres in a northerly direction of the Surf Life Saving Club’s pavilion to a point 100 metres southward of the Christchurch Pier. • Sumner Beach - dogs are prohibited for a distance of 100 metres in a northerly direction of the Sumner Surf Life Saving Club’s pavilion to Cave Rock in the south.
  • Taylor's Mistake Beach - dogs are prohibited for a distance of 50 metres in a general northerly and southerly direction from the Taylor's Mistake Surf Life Saving Club’s pavilion.

Banks Peninsula swimming beaches

Dogs are prohibited in these areas from 1 November 2016 to 31 March 2017 between 9am-7pm:

  • Lyttelton Harbour beach and foreshore areas: Cass Bay beach, Corsair Bay beach, Sandy Bay beach, Paradise Bay beach, Hays Bay beach, Diamond Harbour beach and Purau beach.
  • Peninsula beach and foreshore areas: Akaroa beach, French Farm beach, Le Bon’s Bay beach, Little Akaloa beach, Okain's Bay beach, Port Levy beach and Tikao Bay beach.

Dog restriction map