Walking Your Dog

Places where you can walk your dog without a leash

Waitara: Battiscombe Terrace reserve and beach area, the stop banks along the river, Waitara River mouth, Waitara Beach and Marine Park Reserve.

Inglewood: The PG Nops scenic reserve, which is on the south side of town, and the bush area adjacent to the rugby field.

Oakura: The Matekai Park loop track. This goes from the main road down to the coast and loops back, and includes the beach.

The area directly in front of the surf club between the motor camp entrance and Wairau Road is prohibited to dogs between 9am and 6pm during daylight saving time.

The same rule applies to the Oakura River and bank including the grass area up to the main road bridge and down to the concrete amenities building.

New Plymouth: Barrett Domain reserve (except the wetland areas and pond) , Back Beach, Huatoki and Te Henui (to the Devon Street overbridge) walkways, the Lake Rotomanu/Waiwhakaiho River area and Audrey Gale Reserve (off Mangorei Road).

You can also walk the entire length of Fitzroy and East End beaches except from 9am to 6pm during daylight saving time in the area between imaginary lines drawn directly to the sea from the western (city) end of the East End Surf Life Saving Club building and the eastern (Waiwhakaiho) end of the Fitzroy Surf Life Saving Club building.

Remember, don't leave home without a dog lead and a pooper scooper!

See the Dog Bylaw for maps and more details

Restricted areas

Dogs have restricted access in some areas to prevent them from causing a nuisance or annoyance to the community or wildlife in these areas.

Areas where restrictions apply are usually places where lots of people, particularly children, may be present. Restricted areas include prohibited (banned) areas for dogs, and areas where dogs must be on leashes.

Prohibited (banned) areas for dogs

Dogs are banned from 9am to 6pm when daylight saving is in force at:

  • Oakura Beach and foreshore area - the area directly in front of the surf club between the motor camp entrance and Wairau Road.
  • Fitzroy and East End beaches - in the area between imaginary lines drawn directly to the sea from the western (city) end of the East End Surf Life Saving Club building and the eastern (Waiwhakaiho) end of the Fitzroy Surf Life Saving Club building.
  • Oakura River/Corbett Park - Oakura River and bank including the grass area up to the main road bridge and down to the concrete amenities building. 
  • Onaero Domain and adjoining beach - All of Onaero domain (except the area occupied by the baches) including the campground on both sides of the Onaero river adjoining the beach and foreshore.

Dogs are banned at all times in the following places:

New Plymouth central business district including Puke Ariki Landing. Exemption: a leashed dog can be led to and from a residential address in the New Plymouth CBD, provided the dog is registered at that address.

  • Pukekura Park playgrounds, Fernery and Display houses, and Brooklands Zoo.
  • Pukekura Park Festival of Lights (all display and event areas from 7pm - midnight).
  • Ngamotu Beach and reserve.
    Fitzroy Seaside Park paddling pool, enclosure and playground.
  • Urenui Domain and beach.
  • Children’s playgrounds.
  • Within 200m of Lake Mangamahoe.
  • The island in the middle of Lake Rotomanu.
  • Wetland areas and ponds in Barrett Domain.
  • Egmont National Park including the road reserve in the area to Egmont Camp House. No dogs are permitted on any other conservation land in the district unless the owner has a permit from the Department of Conservation.
  • The BMX track, velodrome and cycle track at Hickford Park. 

Areas where you can walk your dog on a leash

At all times in the following places:

  • New Plymouth Coastal Walkway from the Lee Breakwater to Tiromoana Avenue, Bell Block, including the Wind Wand, Molesworth and Buller streets, and the Kawaroa and Waiwhakaiho river mouth car parks.
  • Lee Breakwater car park and the entire length of the breakwater.
  • Te Henui Walkway, river and reserve - between the lower footbridge (near the river mouth) and the overhead motor vehicle bridge on Devon Street East.
  • Fitzroy, Waitara, Westown, Moturoa, Bell Block, Oakura, Okato and Inglewood shopping centres.
  • Pukekura Park, Brooklands Park and gardens (excluding the banned areas previously identified).
  • Liardet Street from Leach Street to the Coastal Walkway. A leashed dog can be led directly along this part of the street and to and from a residential address in the New Plymouth CBD, provided the dog is registered at that address.
  • Peringa Park/Lake Rotomanu wetlands area - within the fenced wetland area on the western side of the lake including the walkway link with Weka Street.
  • Tongaporutu Domain - domain area seaward of the SH3 bridge.
  • Taranaki Crematorium land - dogs may only be permitted inside the crematorium with approval.
  • Sports parks - the part of a sports park being used during an organised event.
  • Barrett Domain access from Rotokare Crescent/Kororako Grove.
  • Apart from the Pukekura Park playground from which dogs are banned, dogs may be led on a leash directly through any other playground to get to another area.

Beaches where you need to walk your dog on a leash between August and April (during animal breeding and nesting periods)

  • Bell Block Beach - at the end of Mangati Road, between the toilet block and the beach access ramp.
  • Wai-iti Beach between Beach Road and the commencement of the cliff face to the north-east.
  • Tapuae Marine Reserve - between Tapuae Stream and Herekawe Stream.
  • Parininihi Reserve - between Waipingau Stream to the Clifton Road boundary.

Doggy-Doo bins

There are bins for doggy dos around the district. If these need emptying or have run out of bags please let us know.

  • Te Henui Walkway – off the end of Ebrington Place, Spencer Place and Kendal Place.
  • Bell Block – Parklands Avenue, Mangati Walkway.
  • Oakura – Messenger Terrace and the far end of the camp ground.
  • Coastal Walkway - Belt Road and Regina Place.
  • Glen Avon Park.
  • Vogeltown Park.
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