Introduction

Find tracks and campsites where you can take your dog, learn about the types of dog access and view controlled access areas in: Northland, Auckland, Rotorua, East Coast, Hawke's Bay, Marlborough and Fiordland.

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Dog access rules are found on the track, campsite or hunting blocks overview.

If you're unsure about dog access in a particular area, check with the nearest DOC office or visitor centre before you set out.

Types of access

There are three different types of dog access on public conservation land.

Open dog areas

No permit is required. Dogs are allowed either off-leash or on-leash depending on the site.

DOC may impose conditions, including conditions on access, during vulnerable conservation periods such as bird nesting seasons. 

Controlled dog areas – entry by permit

Dog access is controlled by permit, subject to approval and/or special conditions from DOC.

Controlled dog areas – no access

  • Dogs are not allowed in national parks, nature reserves or wildlife sanctuaries except with express written approval.  
  • If you are on a boat with your dog, you cannot take your dog ashore to a controlled dog area, national park or nature reserve, to let it relieve itself. This includes the foreshore of any such island or land (the foreshore includes the entire beach area down to the low tide level).
  • Unless specified, dogs and other pets are not allowed in DOC campgrounds.
  • Dogs are not allowed inside any DOC hut or lodge. In some cases there may be a kennel beside the hut. If this is not the case, please find somewhere suitable outside the hut to tie your dog. 

City and regional councils dog access

Dogs are allowed in many parks managed by city and regional councils. Contact your local government office or website for details.

Controlled access areas by region

The regions below have Gazetted (officially notified) where dog access is allowed. For other regions check the web pages or contact the local DOC office. 

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