Map of dog parks and dog exercise areas

Find out where you and your dog can exercise off-leash together in a dog-friendly environment.

COVID-19 dog parks status

The Government is asking for everyone to stay at home. Their advice is that you can go for a walk or exercise outdoors for a short time, and to stick to simple walks or exercise spots close to home. When you are out, you must stay two metres away from anyone who is not in your household.

If you are using one of our dog parks please keep your dog on a leash at all times to help avoid contact with other dogs. Take your dog poo home and dispose of it in your red bin.

The following is a list of dog parks and exercise areas that are open or closed.


  • Victoria Park dog park
  • Halswell Quarry dog exercise area
  • Radley Park exercise area
  • Bottle Lake Forest Park


  • Styx Mill dog park
  • The Groynes dog park
  • Horseshoe Lake dog park
  • Bexley Park dog park
  • Rawhiti Domain dog park
  • The Spencer Park Animal Area

Map Listing

There are seven different dog control categories, and each category is represented by a different colour on the map.

Category Description
Prohibited Dogs are prohibited
Prohibited / Leashed Dogs are prohibited in part of the area, but allowed on a leash in other parts
Leashed Dogs must be on a leash
Leashed / Under effective control Dogs must be on a leash in part of the area, but are allowed 'under effective control' in other parts
Summer beach prohibition Dogs are prohibited between 1 November and 31 March, 9am and 7pm, to protect swimming and recreation activities (but dog walkers can pass through with a dog on a short leash)
Dog parks Spaces set aside to allow dogs a space to exercise with other dogs and their owners, in a dog-friendly environment
Dog exercise areas Recommended spaces to exercise dogs off-leash

Other areas  or organisations such as the Department of Conservation (DOC) may have dog restrictions in place to protect wildlife or for other reasons. Refer to the DOC website (external link)or call your local DOC office for more details.

Note that dogs are prohibited on Quail Island / Ötamahua.