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

Areas you can take dogs

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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.

Boating with your pet

You cannot take your dog ashore onto public conservation island to let it relieve itself. This includes the foreshore. The foreshore includes the entire beach area down to the low tide level. In Marlborough Sounds you can take your dog onto Arapaoa and D’Urville islands to relieve itself.

On mainland Sounds Foreshore Reserve (SFR) adjacent to scenic reserves you need a dog permit to take your dog ashore. On SFR fronting private property dogs are allowed but owners should clean up after their dogs and must keep the dog under control.

Areas dogs are allowed

Permit needed

Contact the local DOC office to get a dog permit.

Marlborough sounds campsites

  • Aussie Bay
  • Butchers Flat
  • Ferndale
  • Kenepuru Head
  • Moawhitu
  • Moetapu Bay
  • Nikau Cove
  • Nydia Campsite
  • Picnic Bay

Mt Richmond Forest Park campsites

  • Mill Flat

Coastal campsites

  • Rarangi
  • Robin Hood Bay

Marlborough Sounds tracks

  • Queen Charlotte Track (from Anakiwa to Davies Bay only)
  • Nydia Track
  • Cullen Point Lookout
  • Mount Stokes Track
  • Wakamarina Track
  • Doom Track
  • Pelorus Track
  • Waikakaho/Cullen Creek
  • Catherine Cove Track
  • Ferndale Tracks
  • Piwakawaka Track
  • Putanui Point Track
  • Jacob's Bay Track
  • Opouri Bridle Track
  • Archer's Track
  • Stone Wharf Track
  • Stone Huts Track

Robertson Range tracks

  • Mt Robertson Track
  • Pukaka Track

Mt Richmond Forest Park tracks

  • Alpine Route
  • Northbank tramping and walking tracks
  • Wakamarina Track
  • Waikakaho Track (dogs may be taken on to the northern (Cullen Creek) end of the track with permission from the landowner, Jimmy Stuart, phone +64 3 574 2331. No dogs are allowed to be taken onto the private land at the southern (Waikakaho Valley) end of the track.

Other tracks

  • Seaward Kaikoura Range Tracks (including Mt Fyffe) - some areas restricted during lambing time
  • Sawcut Gorge/Isolated Hill Scenic Reserve (with permission from Blue Mountain Station owners and sheep measles vaccination certificate)
  • Leatham Conservation Area tracks
  • Ferny Gair Conservation Area/Black Birch Reserve (with permission from landowners for access through private property)
  • Glazebrook Conservation Area
  • Clarence Reserve (with sheep measles vaccination certificate)

Island reserves

  • Arapaoa Island
  • D'Urville Island


  • Captains Creek
  • Devils Creek
  • Matai Bay
  • Middy
  • Rocks
  • Roebuck
  • All huts outside of Marlborough Sounds

Dogs are not allowed inside or under DOC huts. Dogs must be in the kennels provided or tied up somewhere suitable outside.

Marlborough Sounds picnic and amenity areas

  • Carluke
  • Cullen Point
  • Ngakuta Bay
  • Penzance
  • Totara Flat

Picnic and amenity areas

  • Bluegum Corner (Rarangi Beach)
  • John Chaytor Picnic Area (Pukaka Valley)

No permit needed

  • Whatamango Bay dog exercise area

Areas dogs are not allowed


  • All other campsites except those listed in controlled access by permit.

Marlborough Sounds tracks

Landowners adjacent to some tracks such as the Queen Charlotte Track, and hunters wanting access to hunting areas, can apply for a dog permit for limited dog access on some of the tracks below. Contact the DOC office for more information.

  • Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve tracks
  • Queen Charlotte Track from Davies Bay to Ship Cove
  • James Vogel Nature Walk
  • Peninsula Walk
  • Schoolhouse Bay Camp Track (Queen Charlotte Track)
  • Historic Track to Camp Bay (Queen Charlotte Track)
  • Karaka Point
  • Mistletoe Bay
  • Collinet Point Lookout Point
  • Antimony Mine Track
  • French Pass Lookout Track
  • Governors Bay Track
  • Nydia Tramway Route

Marlborough Tracks

  • Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway
  • Ohau Stream
  • Wairau Laggons (except hunting dogs during duck shooting season)
  • Whites Bay tracks
  • Waikakaho track (only Waikakaho Valley – southern end of track, dogs may be taken on to the northern (Cullen Creek) end of the track with permission from the landowner.

Island reserves

  • All island reserves except Arapaoa and D'Urville Islands


  • Nydia Lodge
  • Rarangi Surf Club (Whites Bay)

Picnic and amenity areas

  • All other picnic and amenity areas except those listed in controlled access by permit.

Marlborough DOC offices 

Wairau / Renwick Office
Phone:   +64 3 572 9100
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   22 Gee Street
Marlborough 7204
Postal Address:   PO Box 51
Marlborough 7243
Waitohi / Picton Office
Phone:   +64 3 520 3002
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   Port Marlborough Building
14 Auckland Street
Picton 7220
Postal Address:   PO Box 161
Picton 7250
Rangiora Office
Phone:   +64 3 313 0820
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   32 River Road
Rangiora 7400
Postal Address:   PO Box 349
Rangiora 7440
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