Top 10 spots for walking your pooch
All those pandemic pups are great motivation to get out and enjoy some fresh air and exercise.
One in five people keep active by exercising with their pet
Dogs aren’t just loveable companions – they’re also ideal for adding a little extra exercise to your day. So, try one of these dog-friendly spots the next time you feel like walking a little further than just around the block.
These large gardens are beautiful to explore and feature an off-leash area towards their northern end.
Nestled in Auckland’s Waitākere Ranges, this popular off-leash beach area is perfect for zoomies and chasing balls.
This Auckland park is another beautiful spot to stretch the legs, with grassy hills ideal for dogs to run around on.
You can choose between a short loop track that takes approximately 20 minutes to walk or a longer loop that takes around an hour – but dogs do need to be kept on a leash.
This popular Wellington spot includes a large flat dog exercise area where your pet can run leash-free.
While there are some on-leash restrictions on this Porirua walkway, it offers pretty views as you get in those steps.
This Wellington park is a large, safe place to exercise, with a mix of on-leash and off-leash areas.
Found in northeast Christchurch, this pine forest features dog-friendly tracks through the trees.
9. Hagley Park
The reserve has designated dog-friendly areas and is popular with dog owners in Christchurch’s city centre.
This loop track is 6.4km long but is an easy, well-formed track with stunning views – just be sure to keep your canine pal on a lead