Walk your dog

There are lots of dog friendly places in Porirua City.

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!

If you are interested in the results of our recent consultation on the review of our Dog Control Policy and Bylaw please view our Summary of issues and outcomes (105KB PDF) which took effect from 21 September 2017.

* 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.

Suburb/Area Description of area/locality
Cannons Creek/Waitangirua Bothamley Park, Cardiff Park
Mana/Plimmerton Camborne Walkway (on leash restrictions apply at each end), Ngāti Toa Domain - foreshore only (Sports fields are on leash or prohibited when in use for an organised public event)
Paremata Ivey Bay Reserve
Papakōwhai Papakōwhai Reserve* (area north of Tweed Road)
Pukerua Bay Greenmeadows Park, Muri Road Reserve (western side only)
Takapūwāhia/Elsdon Takapūwāhia Park (between Tangare Drive and Main Road), Rangituhi Park
Titahi Bay Stuart Park*, Onepoto Park (plantation area)*
Whitby Spinnaker Walkway Reserve*, Brandon Reserve (The Quarterdeck Lookout).

Dogs on beaches

Dogs may be exercised off leash between 1 April and 31 October at any time on the following beaches between the marker signposts:

  • Karehana Bay Beach, Plimmerton
  • Paremata Beach
  • Pukerua Bay Beach
  • Titahi Bay Beach 

And they 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.

Plimmerton Beach (between Sunset Parade and Taupō Stream)

  • Dogs must be on leash from 1 April and 31 October  at all times, 
  • dogs are not allowed on this stretch of beach 1 November to 31 March, and
  • south of Taupō stream is unrestricted and free for dogs year round.

Taua Tapu Track

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.

Te Rāhui o Rangituhi

(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.

Aotea Lagoon

Dogs are welcome on leash in all areas, except the rose garden, playground and splash pad where they are prohibited.

Village Centres

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. 

  • Pāuatahanui Wildlife Management Reserve
  • Porirua Scenic Reserve
  • tennis and netball courts.
  • children’s' public play areas, including playgrounds, basketball courts and skateboard areas.
  • within 10 metres of a marked grass sports field.
  • public libraries and other council premises.
  • public swimming pools.

These prohibitions and restrictions do not apply to:

  • guide or hearing ear dogs.
  • Police, Customs, security or farm dogs under the direct control of their handler or owner.
  • dogs we have granted a specific exemption.

Dogs in regional parks

Greater Wellington Regional Council has its own requirements for visiting dogs in their parks.

Battle Hill Farm Forest Park

  • Dogs are not permitted, including those in vehicles.

Belmont Regional Park

  • Dogs are permitted on leash in the Korokoro, Stratton Street and Dry Creek Valleys, but are not permitted on or near farmland.

Whitireia Park

  • Dogs are welcome, but must be on leash at all times at Onehunga Bay, and kept under control at all times in other areas of the park.

Find an exercise area

News for dog walkers

News - Dogs welcome in village centres

Dogs now welcome in village centres

Your dog can now join you outside your local café, following a rule change to allow dogs in village centres.

27 Sep 2017
News - dog walking on lead on Te Ara Piko

Changes recommended for Porirua's dog rules

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