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Dog exercising areas

Tauranga has plenty of parks and reserves that are perfect for exercising dogs. If your dog is likely to cause danger, distress or a nuisance, it must be kept on a leash. Please be mindful of our dog-free zones.

When walking your dog, make sure you have a lead with you and attach it if you are approaching another dog, animal or person. It's your responsibility to ensure you have control of your dog at all times.

Please remember to always take a plastic bag with you and pick up after your dog.

Mud Dog Run – coming 2019!

Join us at our very first Mud Dog Run on Sunday, 20 January at TECT All Terrain Park

We’re partnering with Western Bay of Plenty District Council for a fun day with our furry friends. Get outdoors with your dog, have some fun exercising them and get covered in mud all at the same time! 

There will be two mud runs – a short course (11am start) and a long course (1pm start). You need to complete a registration form and pay the registration fee to take part in one or both courses. Please be aware that numbers are limited, so get in quick.

All you need to know, including registration forms and how to pay the registration fee, is on Western Bay of Plenty District Council’s website.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Western Bay Wander Dogs Summer Series – social dog walks

Our friends over at Western Bay of Plenty District Council have arranged some great social walks across the Western Bay this summer. Join Alfie, the Wander Dogs mascot, and other furry friends on new and exciting walks from Waihi to Te Puke, and other places in between. 

Western Bay Wander Dogs Summer Series Walks

Exercising areas

Dogs are able to be exercised in any park, reserve, beach or public area across Tauranga, except in areas identified as prohibited (see below). 

Dog walks – where to walk your dog (353kb pdf)

Leash areas

Your dog should be on a leash on any footpath, road reserve (road, berm and grassed area) or state highway and must be on a leash at all times in these areas:

  • Matua Salt Marsh
  • In the Papamoa dune wilderness area between Papamoa Domain and Taylor Road

Prohibited areas - no dogs allowed

There are some areas in Tauranga where you are not allowed to take your dog, either because of ecological sensitivities or because they are used intensively by the public. These areas include:


  • Mount Maunganui main beach, from Moturiki (Leisure Island) to Mauao (Mount Maunganui)
  • Pilot Bay from Mauao to Salisbury Avenue
  • Omanu Beach, within 200 metres from Omanu Surf Club premises
  • Papamoa Beach, within 200 metres from the Papamoa Surf Club premises

Beach means any land on or adjacent to the seacoast and includes any walkway, boardwalk, the foreshore and dunes. 

This means that dogs are not allowed on the dunes, grass or boardwalk at Mount Maunganui main beach.  This also means dogs are not allowed on the grassed area between the road and beach at Pilot Bay.

Parks and reserves

  • Elms Reserve
  • Mauao (Mount Maunganui) including the base track
  • Moturiki (Leisure Island)
  • McLaren Falls Park
  • Papamoa Hills Park (within Western Bay of Plenty District Council)
  • Inside any fenced children's playground or within 10 meters from any play equipment inside any unfenced children's playground
  • Otumoetai Pa Historic Reserve at 29 Levers Road

Dog free zones (105kb pdf)

Assistance dogs

Some dogs do not have to be leashed in public and can be taken into areas normally prohibited to dogs.  These dogs are: 

  • Bona-fide Guide dogs
  • Certified Hearing Ear dogs
  • Companion dogs (Certified by the Top Dog Companion Trust)
  • Specified agency dogs on active service
  • Police Dogs

Last Reviewed: 09/11/2018

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