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Walking your dog

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Dogs must be on-lead in all public areas unless you are in a designated off-leash dog exercise area. 

There are many off-leash dog exercise areas in the Waikato district, including beaches, where dogs may be exercised off-lead if they are under continuous control and all faeces are removed.  

Across the district, dogs are not allowed on playgrounds, skateparks and sport field surfaces. There are also some other ‘no-go’ areas where you can’t take your dog at all listed, such as some town centres or reserves.  

For more information, please refer to the Dog Control Bylaw and Policy 2022 found at the bottom of this page.

Dog exercise areas

Select a town from the below list to find out where the dog exercise areas and no-go (prohibited) areas are located. 


Riverside Reserve, Horotiu

Located next to the Waikato River on Horotiu Bridge Road.

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AFFCO park, Horotiu is closed from Monday 27 February 2023.

The land for the park, previously leased from Affco Holdings Limited Horotiu, is required to support future Affco development opportunities.

Council is investigating suitable alternatives and updates will be provided below as they are made available.

Thank you to Affco for allowing us to use the space for the past 25 years!


Huntly Domain

A fenced area on the shore of Lake Hakanoa situated at the end of Onslow Street in the Huntly Domain.

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Riverview Reserve

Located along the Waikato River on Riverview Road.

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Fairfield Avenue 

Fenced dog park on the corner of Fairfield Avenue and Graham Place.

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No go areas

Central business area

Any street or public places in the central business area of Huntly, including Main Street, Council carpark and rear accesses.


Regent Street Reserve

The grassed area from Great South Road to the end of area bordering Turangawaewae Marae.

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Great South Road

The fenced area on the corner of Great South Road and Ellery Street.

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Waipa Esplanade

Waipa Esplanade Reserve from the Pony Club along the grassed area to the area below Princess Street.

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No go areas

Hakarimata Scenic Reserve

Area from Brownlee Avenue to the dam site on the walkway.


Pookeno Domain

Located in the Pookeno Domain on Avon Road next to the tennis courts.

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Port Waikato

Sunset beach

Sunset beach, beyond 250 metres north or south of any lifesaving patrolled areas. This extends along the shoreline to Maretai Bay, but does not include the reserve area.

Note: The area within the lifesaving patrolled areas is prohibited from 10am to 6pm on weekends, public holidays and school holidays from the beginning of Labour Weekend to the end of March from the following year.

This is specified in the Prohibited areas schedule.

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No go area

Sunset Beach, Port Waikato (seasonal)

Dogs are prohibited from Port Waikato Beach and Sunset Beach from 10am to 6pm on weekends, public holidays and school holidays from the beginning of Labour Weekend to the end of March the following year.

At all other times, dogs can be exercised off lead.


Aro Aro Reserve

The fenced area on the corner of Wallis Street and John Street known as Aro Aro Reserve.

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Papahua Domain

Beach area located west of Raglan Holiday Park Papahua only.

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Wainui Reserve carpark to Ngarunui Beach

From the Wainui Reserve carpark at the western end of Te Riria Kereopa Memorial Drive to 300 metres south of the northern walkway at Ngarunui Beach below the Wainui Reserve.

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Beach area

Beach areas from the wharf, the Cliffs, Cox's Bay, Lorenzen Bay, The Doughboys and Moonlight Bay.

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Te Kauwhata

Te Kauwhata Recreation Reserve

Located in the fenced area on the Te Kauwhata Recreation Reserve.

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Les Batkin Reserve

Located in Les Batkin Reserve, from Tuakau Bridge to (but excluding) the toilet block and from the carpark entrance to the northern boundary.

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Alexandra Redoubt Reserve 

Located on Alexandra Redoubt Reserve in the specified area.

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Kowhai Reserve

The grass area at the end of Kowhai Street known as Kowhai Reserve

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Karioitahi Beach

The beach area known as Karioitahi beach. Note: Part of this beach is managed by Auckland, as indicated by the white shaded area on map.

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Whangarata Domain

The fenced area in Whangarata Domain. Note: This reserve is available as a dog exercise area only until it is required as a cemetery, estimated in 2025. 

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Centennial Park

Reserve located alongside Bollard Road, Tuakau.  

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