Lyall Bay Beach, Lyall Bay
Sand and surf – it doesn’t get much better than that for a doggo. The eastern end of Lyall Bay Beach (by the airport) is one of Wellington’s most popular off-leash areas. There’s plenty to do and see in the area, often with lots of furry friends for your dog to interact with.
Features: Flat beach, free parking, lots of bins and benches nearby, poo bag dispenser, toilets nearby, cafes and play area nearby.
Seton Nossiter Park, Grenada Village/Newlands
Nestled in Belmont Gully, Seton Nossiter Park is a 1.6km-long, 30ha bush-clad reserve, with a dog exercise area starting halfway up the valley. Immerse yourself and your pup in nature here! The entrance can be found in Mark Avenue in Grenada Village or Colchester Crescent in Newlands.
Fun fact: Seton Nossiter Park contains the concrete abutments (arch or bridge) of the viaduct built in 1885 by the Wellington and Manawatu Railway Company. At the time it was New Zealand’s biggest timber viaduct. Two of the abutments can be seen in regenerating bush near the main entrance at Mark Avenue, Grenada Village.
Features: Free parking start of track, benches, trail to exercise yourself and your dog.