Dogs are usually allowed on most beaches, except those that have conservation bans in place to protect wildlife.
Dogs are banned from nearly all beaches, between 9:00am and 5:00pm from 20 December to 31 January.
The dog exercise areas at Ruakākā and Uretiti beaches are available all year round:
- Ruakākā Beach from Mair Road to Karawai Street
Ruakākā dog exercise area(PDF, 85KB)
- Uretiti from the camping ground to Tip Road
Uretiti dog exercise area(PDF, 82KB)
Year-round conservation ban areas
Some estuaries and beaches have dog bans all year-round, to protect wildlife.
No dogs are allowed at all times:
- Bland Bay including North Head Scenic Reserve
- Bream Head Scenic Reserve and Ocean Beach, north of the main surf beach
- Matapōuri estuary, upstream of both bridges and on conservation land at the northern end of Matapōuri beach
- Matakohe (Limestone Island)
- Mimiwhangata Coastal Park
- Ngunguru sandspit, and south of the sandspit, including the HoraHora River
- One Tree Point, from Marsden Point, past the marina to the end of the beach
- Ruakākā River and estuary
- Waipū River and estuary
- Waipū Cove from Tip Road to Camp Waipū Cove
- Whananaki sandspit and Otamure Bay
More detail and maps of the conservation ban areas can be found below: