Leashed and prohibited areas

COVID-19 update on parks and tracks

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, but to stick to simple walks or exercise spots close to home. 

If using one of our parks, always stay two metres away from anyone not in your household. If you take your dog, please keep it 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.

Where there are gates and latches in parks, please avoid using your hands to open and close them. If gates are off their hinges or left open, please leave them as you find them.

Cemeteries are open for pedestrian access only. 

The following are closed:

  • Public toilets.
  • Playgrounds, play equipment or exercise equipment in parks.
  • The Botanic Gardens.
  • Car parks within parks.
  • Visitor and information centres.
  • The Spencer Park animal area and fenced dog parks.
  • All Council-owned sports facilities

Unite Against Covid-19, visit covid19.govt.nz

people walking dog on leash

There are some simple rules that apply generally in all areas.

Dogs must be on leash

  • in all cemeteries and memorials
  • at all boat ramps and slipways
  • on all footpaths and roads (which includes carparks, state highways, and berms and verges, whether sealed or not)

Dogs are prohibited from being in or within one metre of

  • all Council playgrounds
  • all Council skate parks
  • all Council paddling pools

As well as general rules, there are specific areas where dogs are prohibited or must be on a leash.

All specific leashed and prohibited areas are set out in the Council’s Dog Control Policy. The reason each area is prohibited or leashed is also explained (e.g. to protect wildlife).  

There are some exceptions to these rules, including for disability assist dogs and working dogs. These are also set out in the Policy.

Whenever you take your dog out in public, always take plastic bags with you (and clean up after your dog) and always take a leash. This is because unexpected situations may arise that require a dog to be leashed to keep the dog under control or to keep it safe.