Beach Restrictions Lift for Dogs

2 April 2013

After daylight saving ends this Sunday (7 April), dogs are welcome back on five Wellington beaches all day long.

Dog with stick on a beach.

Summer beach restrictions applying to Balaena Bay, Hataitai Bay, Island Bay, Seatoun Beach and Worser Bay limiting dogs to before 9am and after 7pm will be lifted for winter. But, with the exception of Worser Bay, dogs must be on a lead at all times.

It’s also time to apply for ‘Responsible Dog Owner’ status and receive a discount of $60 - $100 on standard dog registration fees.

The closing date for applications is 30 April.

To qualify, you must:

  • have been a registered dog owner in Wellington for at least one year, or
  • have passed an approved Responsible Dog Owner education and obedience course, or
  • provide proof of having held Responsible Dog Owner status under another Council.

You should also pay your annual dog registration fees by 31 July.

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Lastly, if you and your dog have moved - please let us know now by emailing

Alternatively, you can write to:

Animal Control Team
Wellington City Council
PO Box 2199
Wellington 6140.