Dog Policy Changes

15 December 2009

There are now four new areas where your dog can run free off-leash, and 18 existing dog exercise areas have been extended, however dogs are no longer allowed on Waitangi Park.

The four new off-leash exercise areas are Chelmswood Reserve in Ngaio, Vice Regal North and Alexandra Road West on the Town Belt in Newtown and Worser Bay Beach (before 9am and after 7pm in summer and at all times in winter).

Eighteen of the city's current dog exercise areas have been extended, including places like Trelissick Park, Dorrie Leslie Park and Meekswood Reserve. Macalister Park has been kept as a dog exercise area but dogs will no longer be allowed on Waitangi Park. Owners can take their dogs on-leash around the outside, but dogs will be prohibited from the open grass area.

The changes to the dog policy, made by the Council last week, make a total of eight designated beaches and 51 dog exercise areas in Wellington City.

You can now walk with your dog on-leash through the city centre to the waterfront or other parts of the city - but you are not allowed to stop with your dog in the central business district area.

You can continue to walk your dog on-leash in Karori Cemetery, but dogs are not allowed off-leash in any part of the cemetery. Last week the Council decided against opening up any part of the cemetery to dogs running off-leash, after considering the weight of submissions and the legal status of the cemetery.

For more information and maps of all dog exercise areas, view our Dogs section or phone (04) 801 3222.