Introduction

Where you can take your dog on public conservation land in Auckland.

Areas you can take dogs

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Select the 'dogs allowed' filter option on these pages.

There are currently no campsites in Auckland where you can take your dog.

Dog access

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.

Why dogs are not allowed in some areas

Many Hauraki Gulf islands are free of introduced predators such as possums, rats, and stoats.

These islands are sanctuaries for precious native species like kiwi and takahe. Dogs can disturb or kill these flightless birds. 

Dogs are a particular threat to ground-nesting shorebirds such as the New Zealand dotterel, found throughout the Auckland region.

Dogs may also bother protected marine mammals such as the New Zealand fur seal, whose young commonly haul out onto West Auckland beaches for a rest.

Boating with your pet

You cannot take your dog ashore onto public conservation islands to let it relieve itself. This includes the foreshore. The foreshore includes the entire beach area down to the low tide level.

Areas dogs are allowed

Auckland Central

You can take your dog to:

South Auckland

You can take your dog to:

  • Maioro Sands Marginal Strip

North Auckland

You can take your dog to:

  • Kaipara Harbour Crown foreshore adjacent to Okahukura Peninsula
  • Tauhoa River Marginal Strip and adjacent foreshore
  • Tauhoa Stewardship Area and adjacent foreshore
  • Te Pahi Stewardship Area
  • Hamatanga Marginal Strip (before 9:00 am and after 7:00 pm from Labour Weekend to the end of daylight savings)
  • Karaka Point Marginal Strip
  • Muriwai Beach Marginal Strip and adjacent foreshore
  • Rangitira Marginal Strip and adjacent foreshore
  • Ti Point Marginal Strip
  • Torkington Bay Marginal Strip
  • Araparera River Marginal Strip
  • Makarau Marginal Strip
  • Slipper Lake Marginal Strip (in May and June for recreational duck hunting season)
  • Spectacle Lake Marginal Strip (in May and June for recreational duck hunting season)

Areas dogs are not allowed

Hauraki Gulf islands

  • Great Barrier/Aotea (all DOC managed land)
  • Mokohinau (including Burgess)
  • Rakitu (Arid)
  • Te Hauturu-o-Toi / Little Barrier Island
  • Te Hawere-a-Maki / Goat Island
  • Kawau (all DOC managed reserves)
  • Beehive
  • Moturekareka
  • Motutara
  • Kohatutara
  • Te Hapua / Saddle Island
  • Motuora
  • Tiritiri Matangi
  • Rangitoto
  • Motutapu
  • Motuihe

Kaipara Harbour islands

  • Moturemu
  • Big Sand / Manukapua
  • Ti Tree islands

Other important wildlife areas

Dogs are not allowed on foreshore areas in the Waitemata, Manukau and Kaipara harbours, including:

  • Te Matuku Bay on Waiheke Island
  • Pollen Island in the upper Waitemata Harbour
  • Clifton Marginal Strip and Waikopoua Creek near Whitford
  • Miranda in the Firth of Thames
  • Omaha Spit Reserve and foreshore (northern end)
  • Okura Estuary
  • Tawharanui Marine Reserve
  • Cape Rodney-Okakari Point (known as Goat Island) Marine Reserve
  • Pakiri Marginal Strip

Contact us

Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 9 379 6476
Email:   aucklandvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   No physical address
Contact via email or phone
Postal Address:   PO Box 32268
Devonport
Auckland 0743
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