Dogs are welcome in most of Porirua's walkways and parks provided they are on a leash - just remember that summer restrictions apply. There are also many areas where you can let them run off leash including all beaches - except the main five. Work is underway to update the signage in these areas.
Please check out the list below and remember to pick up after your dog!
Click each location to open a map showing the exact location (great on mobile).
* These areas have possum control measures in place. To prevent your dog being poisoned, make sure it doesn’t go into the bush or scavenge carcasses.
Dogs may be exercised off leash between 1 April and 31 October at any time on the following beaches between the marker signposts:
Dogs can be exercised off leash on these beaches before 10am and after 7pm between 1 November and 31 March. In between those hours, dogs are prohibited, even on leash.
During lambing season, from 1 August to 1 November, dogs are not permitted on this track which runs between The Track and Airlie Road in Plimmerton.
(Previously known as Colonial Knob Parklands) Dogs are allowed on leash on the summit road to the stockgate or sign at 2.2kms. They are not allowed elsewhere in the park.
Dogs are welcome on leash in all areas, except the rose garden, playground and splash pad where they are prohibited.
Dogs are welcome on leash in all village centres, except Porirua City Centre, provided they are on leash, under control and stay outside premises.
For public health and safety reasons, dogs are restricted or prohibited in some areas of our city. If you're planning on going to the following areas please keep your dog at home.
These prohibitions and restrictions do not apply to:
Greater Wellington Regional Council has its own requirements for visiting dogs in their parks.
Work has begun on a large dog exercise area in Ascot Park.10 Oct 2018
Your dog can now join you outside your local café, following a rule change to allow dogs in village centres.27 Sep 2017
A fenced dog park for Porirua will be part of the city’s Long-term Plan discussions after getting clear support from residents during a review of Porirua’s Dog Control Policy and Bylaw.7 Sep 2017