Dogs (ngā kurī)

Our dogs are a valuable part of the whānau, so it’s important that owners know what their responsibilities are, and how we can work together to keep both the people and dogs in our communities happy, healthy, and safe.

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Pay attention to the signs at your favourite spots


Dogs in urban areas: Dogs must always be kept on lead while in urban areas like town centres and roads. Our friendly bylaws officers enforce this simple rule and are often able to provide leads to dog walkers who don’t have one on them.  

Dogs around playgrounds: Dogs should never be in a children's playground. Our rules state dogs are prohibited from children's play areas at all times. This rule was put in place to avoid harm to both children and dogs, and to protect the sanitation of these sites. 

Dogs on beaches: Please look for signs at beach access ways which indicate places where dogs are allowed off-lead, places where dogs must remain on-lead, and places where dogs are temporarily prohibited.   




Our Council makes it easy to stay up to date with the rules at your favourite beach. Look for these signs when you take a walk, and ensure you stick to rules for the area.

greenGreen signs denote exercise areas: You can have your dog off-leash but under control at all dates and times.


oraangeOrange signs denote restricted areas: We use the restricted term for the summer period and holiday weekends. It means that there are restrictions around where you can take your dog during certain dates and times. We also have some areas that dogs are restricted from all year round.

redRed signs denote prohibited areas: This means no dogs at all. We have some areas that are prohibited all year round, but most are during the dotterel nesting season, so the prohibition is always from Labour Weekend to 1 March. 

Please note we are currently reviewing our Dog Control Policy and Bylaw. Changes are expected to come into force in autumn 2023. To find out more and have your say, visit our consultation web page.