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It’s A Dog’s Life | The Best Dog Parks In Auckland

By Lisa Fromont
18th Jan 2017

Where To Find Auckland’s Best Dog Parks

It’s hard to track down places that love your dog as much as you do. You want your best friend to run free, have fun and fetch some balls but apparently that’s not acceptable at the local golf course.

It’s a well-known fact that we here at The Urban List love our pooches and so we’ve rounded up some of Auckland’s best dog-friendly parks because—let’s face it—your dog’s already peed on all the trees at your local. So, treat your pup and take them to find their new favourite park.

Meola Reef Dog Park

Western Springs

One of Auckland’s top doggie hotspots, this Western Springs dog park is fenced off and features lots of long grass and doggie friends. Be warned, it can get pretty muddy in winter, but that doesn’t matter if you don’t mind your golden retriever coming home a chocolate lab.

Sanders Reserve


Sanders Reserve has a large fenced-off area as well as nice walks for on-lead pooches. We guarantee your doggie will be a sleepy but happy camper when the fun is over.

Auckland Botanic Gardens


Give your pup a horticulture lesson and take them on a long and beautiful walk amongst some of Auckland’s most beautiful gardens.  The Botanic Gardens has flora from all over the world, as well as duck ponds and boardwalks. If you venture out to the north-east part of the gardens, you’ll find the off-leash area where the dogs are free to play and run to their little puppy-hearts’ desire.

Waiatarua Reserve


The Waiatarua Reserve features several walking tracks (good for pups who haven’t quite got the hang of fetch), large field areas for doggies who bring their fetch A-game and an easily-accessible swimming area. No bored dogs in sight.

Owairaka Domain

Mt Albert

Owairaka Domain has two big exercise areas for your pooch (not to be confused with the sports fields where dogs are not allowed). The Owairaka Domain is a great spot for your sporty pup.

Orakei Basin


Featuring a recently upgraded walkway taking you from Orakei to Meadowbank, the Orakei Basin is the spot to take your dog if you’re looking for a gorgeous scenic walk. Your dog will love the grey water, the grey trees, and a view of the grey Auckland skyline. Come to think of it, your colour-blind pup might prefer the off-leash area over the views.

Craigavon Park

Green Bay

Craigavon Park is super doggie-friendly—they’re allowed off leash everywhere in the park except for the kids’ playground, so you’ll have to look elsewhere if your pup is a fan of the monkey bars. The park also features a walking trail, a stream for aqua-dogs, and lots of shady areas under tall trees to help your hot-dog cool down.

Bomb Point


Bomp Point dog park really is the bomb…see what we did there? Fully fenced, and with a double gate to stop escape-artist pups, your dog is free to run around in the long grass with all the other doggie Houdinis.

Unsworth Reserve


Unsworth Reserve includes a 60-minute walking loop for you and your furry exercise buddy (Does Nike make active wear for dogs?) There’s also off-leash areas so you can have a breather while your pooch does some solo cardio.

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