Rodney dog exercise areas

Dogs are to be kept under control at all times. By ensuring your dog immediately responds to commands, having it on-leash or other effective means.

Areas we recommend

These areas are recommended by our Animal Management Offices.

: Centennial Park

This is the place to go to when dogs are not allowed on the northern beaches during summer. Tree foliage here provides shade during the hot summer days, while you follow the trails through the bush.

Bordered by the golf course up on East Coast Road and with two entrances (one at the end of Rae Rd and on Beach Rd).

Nice sea views from the higher grassed areas where there's the occasional seat.

There is a beautiful, grassy clearing at the start of the track that would be perfect for a picnic on a hot day.

At all times, dogs are allowed off-leash in the designated dog exercise area.
 
The fenced area of Centennial Park bordered by Centennial Park Road to the South and East and by the athletics area to the West.
: Huapai Domain

An official off leash exercise area is located past the soccer and cricket fields. Providing large paddocks and walkways.

There is plenty of parking available while the sports areas at not in use.

Note: Bring your gumboots and a towel in winter as it can get muddy.

While in use, dogs are to be on-leash in the vicinity of:
  • all playgrounds
  • all sports surfaces
At all times dogs are prohibited from:
  • all playground areas
  • all sport surfaces
: Lucy Moore Memorial Park

There are several access points from the main shopping area (Neville St), beside the bridge by the weir (Elizabeth St), or the Lucy Moore park entrance on Lilburn St.

Lucy Moore Memorial park adjoins a riverbank walk that extends along the south side from Warkworth bridge across the town. 1 km gentle walkway.

Off-leash
: Muriwai Beach

This quiet area provides a variety of terrain to explore with beach, bush and creek areas. On a quiet weekend you can barely see another person.

The beach is where most people know but there is also a large shared-use off-leash area inland from it.

Note: The off-leash area is shared with horse and motorbike users who frequent the treks and trail available in the area.

At all times, dogs are allowed off-leash in the areas of:

  • designated dog exercise area

Between 7pm to 9am, during daylight savings, dogs are allowed off-leash in the areas of:

  • the beach, from the surf rescue tower to about 10km north.

Outside these hours, dogs are prohibited from the beach area.

For the protection of wildlife, dogs must be on-leash in the areas of:

  • Muriwai Regional Park land
  • Department of Conservation land of Muriwai Beach, Marginal Strip and adjacent Crown foreshore.

For DOC map details see Dog Management Bylaw 2012.

At all times, dogs are prohibited from Otakamiro Point and adjoining beach and foreshore areas.

Owner responsibilities

Your responsibilities as a dog owner:

  • Keep your dog under control at all times.
  • While in use have you dog on-leash near sports surfaces and playgrounds
  • Wildlife protection areas are not for dogs. Dogs are often prohibited from these areas, a few areas do allow dogs on-leash so please check signs.
  • Off-leash areas are shared spaces. Please respect people's personal space, as these areas are for everyone's enjoyment.
  • Pick up after your dog and carry something to pick-up your dog's faeces. Dispose of it in bins.
  • Know your dog and when it will ignore commands. Put it on-leash, shorten the leash or avoid the area or causes.

Your local area rules

: Off-leash areas

Dogs are allowed off-leash on:

  • all park, beaches, or foreshore areas not specifically identified as a prohibited or an on-leash area.

Between 6.30pm to 10am, dogs are allowed off-leash on beach areas at:

  • Algies Bay
  • Baddeleys Beach
  • Brick Bay
  • Campbells Beach
  • Martins Bay
  • Matheson Bay
  • Omaha Beach (eastern coastline) southwards from access track to beach at northern end of Rita Way (Ida Way - Rita Way Reserve) to southern headland
  • Point Wells beach and foreshore area adjacent to Point Wells Foreshore Reserve from Boat ramp off Riverside Drive to entrance at 36 Harbour View Road
  • Sandspit (eastern coastline) from the wharf to the area adjacent to the eastern end of the campground
  • Shelly Beach
  • Snells Beach south of the Sunburst Reserve boat ramp

Outside of these hours dog are prohibited from the specified beaches.

Note: beach area is headland to headland, unless specified otherwise.

Between 6.30pm and 10am, dogs are allowed off-leash in the parks at:

Algies Bay, all parks and reserves adjacent to the beach:

  • Algies Bay Reserve
  • Alexander Recreation Reserve
  • Willjames Esplanade and Recreation Reserve
  • Mariner Grove Algies Bay Esplanade Reserve.

Snells Beach, all reserves and parts of reserves south of the Sunburst Reserve car park entrance:

  • Sunburst Reserve
  • Tamatea Esplanade Reserve
  • Ariki Reserve
  • Sunrise Boulevard and Dalton Road Reserve
  • Snells Beach Esplanade Reserve.

Outside of these hours dogs are to be on-leash.

: On-leash areas
Between 6.30am to 10 am, dogs are to be on-leash in the beach area at:
  • Snells Beach northwards of the Sunburst Reserve boat ramp.
Outside of these hours dogs are prohibited from the area.

For the protection of wildlife, dogs are to be on-leash in the following areas:

  • Highfield Garden Reserve, area fenced for donkeys
  • Omaha South Quarry Reserve, all tracks and open grass areas
  • Omaha, Whangateau Harbour Esplanade Reserve and adjacent beach and foreshore area, from boat ramp at to car park
  • Point Wells Foreshore Reserve and adjacent beach and foreshore area. From the entrance at Harbour View Road southwards to the end of the reserve.
  • Riverhead Historic Mill Esplanade Reserve
  • Snells Beach, all reserves and parts of reserves northwards of the Sunburst Reserve car park entrance): Sunburst Reserve and Tamatea Esplanade Reserve, Whisper Cove
  • Foreshore of Lakes Kuwakatai, Kainganga, Kareta and Poutoa, South Kaipara Head.
  • Foreshore of Lake Tomorata.
  • Harry James Reserve at Taupaki.

Department of Conservation land at:

  • Araparera River Marginal Strip
  • Hamatana Marginal Strip
  • Kaipara Harbour Crown Foreshore, adjacent to Okahukura Peninsula
  • Karaka Point Marginal Strip
  • Makarau Conservation Area
  • Muriwai Beach Marginal Strip and adjacent Crown foreshore
  • Rangitira Beach Marginal Strip and adjacent Crown foreshore
  • Rat Island, off Shelly Beach, South Kaipara Head
  • Tauhoa River Marginal Strip and adjacent Crown foreshore
  • Tauhoa Conservation Area
  • Te Pahi Creek Marginal Strip
  • Ti Point Marginal Strip
  • Torkington Bay Marginal Strip

For DOC map references, see Dog Management Bylaw 2012.

: Prohibited areas

For the protection of wildlife, dogs are prohibited from the areas of:

  • Birds Beach, Okahukura Peninsula: Beach and foreshore area adjacent to Birds Beach Reserve
  • Omaha South Quarry Reserve: All wetland areas.
  • Omaha (east): Omaha Beach Reserve and adjacent beach and foreshore areas: Northwards of the access track to beach at northern end of Rita Way (Ida way - Rita Way Reserve)
  • Omaha (west): Whangateau Harbour Esplanade Reserve and adjacent beach and foreshore area: Northwards from access point and car park at 267 Omaha Drive.
  • Omaha (west): Whangateau Harbour Esplanade Reserve: from Broadlands Drive to southern end of Omaha estuary.
  • Point Wells, south of Broadlands Drive: Omaha Estuary Causeway Reserve and Omaha Estuary Reserve
  • Port Albert: Beach and foreshore area adjacent to Port Albert Wharf Reserve.
  • Sandspit: All areas of Sandspit Reserve from the footbridge access point at the eastern edge of the grass area opposite the intersection of Sandspit Road and Brick Bay Drive including the part of the reserve known as Dean’s Island and all of the western beach and foreshore area to the wharf at the end of the spit.
  • Whangateau/Horseshoe Island: Whangateau Recreation Reserve Islands and adjacent beach and foreshore areas.
  • Atiu Creek Regional Park and associated beach and foreshore area.
  • Scandrett Regional Park and associated beach.
  • Te Muri Regional Park and associated foreshore.

Department of Conservation land

  • Beehive Island Recreation Reserve and adjacent Crown foreshore
  • Burma Road Scenic Reserve
  • Cape Rodney-Okakari Point Marine Reserve Foreshore
  • Goat Island Scientific Reserve and adjacent Crown foreshore 
  • Hargreaves Basin Marginal Strip and Crown foreshore
  • Kawau Island Historic Reserve and Crown foreshore
  • Kawau Island Scenic Reserve and adjacent Crown foreshore
  • Kermadec Islands Nature Reserve and Crown foreshore
  • Kohatutara Scenic Reserve1,2 and adjacent Crown foreshore
  • Lake Ototoa Scenic Reserve
  • Leigh Recreation Reserve
  • Logues Bush Scenic Reserve
  • Manukapua Government Purpose (Wildlife Management) Reserve and adjacent Crown Foreshore
  • Moturekareka Island Scenic Reserve and adjacent Crown foreshore
  • Moturemu Island Scenic Reserve and adjacent Crown foreshore
  • Motutara Island Scenic Reserve and adjacent Crown foreshore
  • Okahukura Conservation Area and adjacent Crown foreshore
  • Crown foreshore around Omaha Spit
  • Pakiri Block Conservation Area
  • Pakiri Marginal Strip and Crown foreshore
  • Papakanui Spit Wildlife Refuge and Crown foreshore
  • Papakanui Conservation Area and adjacent Crown foreshore
  • Rahuikiri Marginal Strip and adjacent Crown foreshore
  • Te Hapua (Saddle) Island Scenic Reserve and adjacent Crown foreshore
  • Schoolhouse Bay Recreation Reserve and adjacent Crown foreshore
  • Sharp Point Scenic Reserve and adjacent Crown foreshore
  • Smeltinghouse Historic Reserve and adjacent Crown foreshore
  • Smeltinghouse Bay Scenic Reserve and adjacent Crown foreshore
  • South Head Road Scientific Reserve and adjacent Crown foreshore
  • South Head Conservation Area and adjacent Crown foreshore
  • Stony Hill Recreation Reserve
  • Tauhoa Scientific Reserve
  • Ti Tree Island Conservation Area and adjacent Crown foreshore
  • Ti Tree Island Conservation Area and adjacent Crown foreshore
  • Waionui Inlet Marginal Strip and adjacent Crown foreshore
  • Crown foreshore adjacent to Whangateau Harbour

For DOC map references, see Dog Management Bylaw 2012.

: Regional parks

Wenderholm Regional Park

Dogs are allowed off-leash on the grass areas adjoining the entrance road when not occupied by stock.

Dogs are allowed on-leash in the areas of:

  • tracks joining to the Waiwera Estuary and Kokuru Bay
  • farm areas west of the main entrance area, except during lambing season
  • on the Schischka block.

Dogs are prohibited from all other areas of the park and adjoining beach and foreshore areas.

Before you visit, please see Wenderholm Regional Park for full park information.

Pakiri Regional Park

Dogs are allowed off-leash on adjoining beach areas.

For the protection of stock, dogs are prohibited from regional park land.

Before you visit, please see Pakiri Regional Park for full park information.

Muriwai Regional Park
 
At all times, dogs to be on-leash on all regional park land.
 
See Muriwai Beach recommended area details above for information.
 
Before you visit, please see Muriwai Regional Park for full park information.

Mahurangi Regional Park

Dogs are to be on-leash while in the areas of:

  • Cupid Point Loop Track
  • Mita Bay Beach, within Opahi Bay

Between 7pm to 9am, during daylight savings, dogs are to be on-leash in the area of Scott Point parkland and beaches. Outside of these hours and daylight savings time, dogs are prohibited from this area.

At all times, dogs are prohibited from the areas of:

  • Mahurangi East parkland and beaches
  • campgrounds and grass areas
  • Sullivans Bay parkland and adjoining beach
  • Te Muri parkland and adjoining beach

Before you visit, please see Mahurangi Regional Park for full park information.

Tawharanui Regional Park

For the protection of wildlife, dogs are prohibited on from all areas of the park and adjoining; park land (at the entrance), beaches and foreshore.

Before you visit, please see Tawharanui Regional Park for full park information.

Te Rau Puriri Regional Park

In the area of park land, dogs are allowed on-leash.

In the adjoining beach and foreshore area, dogs are prohibited.

Temporary restrictions may also be in place during lambing and calving season.

Before you visit, please see Te Rau Puriri Regional Park for full park information.

Te Arai Regional Park
 
Dogs are allowed off-leash in the dog exercise area at Eyres Point, Te Arai: the disused quarry area, excluding the wetlands.
 
Dogs are prohibited from park land and Mangawhai Marginal Strip and adjacent Crown foreshore.
 
Before you visit, please see Te Arai Regional Park for full park information.
: Restricted areas

Department of Conservation land, owners require a permit for their dog in areas and times of:

Throughout the year with conditions for management and/or recreational hunting in:

  • Motuora Island Recreation Reserve and Crown foreshore
  • Omaha Ecological Area
  • Dome Forest Conservation Area

During duck hunting season May-June in:

  • Kaipara Harbour Foreshore adjacent to Oyster Point, Jordans Farm
  • Slipper Lake Marginal Strip
  • Spectacle Lake Marginal Strip

For DOC map references, see Dog Management Bylaw 2012.