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. Also, please be mindful of our no dog and on leash areas.
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.
Off leash areas
Dogs can be exercised off leash in any park, reserve, beach or public area across Tauranga, except in areas identified as on leash or prohibited (see below).
Dog walks – where to walk your dog (252kb pdf)
On 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
- Papamoa Dune Wilderness Area between Papamoa Domain and Taylors Road
- Omanu Surf Club car park
- When transiting the beach and foreshore in front of Omanu Surf Club/Papamoa Domain car parks
- When transiting the beach and foreshore in front of Papamoa Domain
- From Moturiki (Leisure Island) to the rocky outcrop heading towards Papamoa from 1 February to 31 July each year
- Motiti Reserve, and the beach in front of Motiti Reserve (only applies 15 December to 15 February 10am to 5pm)
For full details of our on leash areas, refer to our Dog Management Bylaw 2018.
Dog Management Bylaw 2018 (4mb pdf)
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 the area is used intensively by the public. These areas include:
- Mount Maunganui Main Beach, from Moturiki (Leisure Island) to Mauao (Mount Maunganui)
- Beach foreshore from Moturiki (Leisure Island) to the rocky outcrop heading towards Papamoa (this area is known as Shark Alley) from 1 August to 31 January each year
- Pilot Bay from Mauao to Salisbury Avenue
- Beach in front of Omanu Surf Club, between beach access markers 0003 and 0004 (exception: dogs on leash can transit through this area)
- Beach in front of Papamoa Domain (exception: dogs on leash can transit through this area)
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 or broadwalk between the road and beach at Pilot Bay.
Parks and reserves
- Mauao (Mount Maunganui) including the base track
- Moturiki (Leisure Island)
- McLaren Falls Park (within Western Bay of Plenty District Council)
- Papamoa Hills Park (within Western Bay of Plenty District Council)
- Within 10 metres from any public play equipment
- Within 10 metres of any exercise equipment in reserves
- Otumoetai Pa Historic Reserve at 29 Levers Road
For full details of our prohibited dog areas, refer to our Dog Management Bylaw 2018.
Dog Management Bylaw 2018 (4mb pdf)
Disability assist dogs
Some dogs do not have to be leashed in public and can be taken into areas normally prohibited to dogs. These dogs have been certified by one of the organisations listed below as being a dog that has been trained (or is being trained) to assist a person with a disability.
- Assistance Dogs New Zealand
- Hearing Dogs for Deaf People New Zealand
- K9 Medical Detection New Zealand
- Mobility Assistance Dogs Trust
- New Zealand Epilepsy Assist Dogs Trust
- Perfect Partners Assistance Dogs Trust
- Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind Incorporated
This also includes specified agency dogs on active service such as:
- Department of Conservation pest control dogs
- Police Dogs
Last Reviewed: 04/11/2020