Best Dog Friendly Trails
There’s nothing like getting out in nature with your doggo and here’s our pick of the trails that you’ll both enjoy. To ensure that other users of the trail have a good time too, please familiarise yourself with doggie trail etiquette and note when dogs are required to be on leash and when the trails are shared with horse riders.
1. Northern Walkway including Mt Kaukau and Khandallah Park
Doggies are welcome to join you (on leash) on the Northern Walkway, a half-day journey along Wellington’s outer Green Belt, from Johnsonville to the Botanic Gardens via Te Ahumairangi Hill (Tinakori Hill) and Mount Kaukau. Discover abandoned railway tunnels and explore the city’s oldest scenic reserve. There is an off-leash exercise area at the top of Te Ahumairangi.
3. Masterton Recreation Trails
Grab the whole family (including the dog!) and for a walk along the Masterton Recreation Trails. The trails wind their way through the township’s stunning parks and recreation areas, and past Henley lake and the nearby wetlands and offer expansive off-leash exercise areas for dogs. Please note that dogs must be on-leash at the Henley Lake Wetlands between 1 August and 30 December.
5. Te Ara o Whareroa
Take your dog for a walk along the wavy dune lands of the Kāpiti Coast, from Raumati South to Paekakariki. Te Ara o Whareroa is an easy 6km trail that traverses the dunes of the Kāpiti Coast, just one hour’s drive or a train ride from Wellington. The trail extends from Queen Elizabeth Park in Paraparaumu all the way through to Tilley Road in Paekakariki with stunning ocean views along the way. This popular shared route is used by locals for recreational walking, biking and horse-riding, so dogs must be on-leash at all times.