Where to take your dog in Auckland

Recognised as being one of the world’s most liveable cities, Auckland really does offer something for everyone. Auckland offers a breathtaking multitude of urban activities as well as natural wonders. With beautiful beaches, volcanic hills, two harbours and quiet islands, this vibrant multicultural city will leave you exhilarated. With New Zealand’s pet ownership figures booming over the past couple of years, there’s no shortage of things for you to do with your dog in Auckland too.

Kakamatua Inlet

About 45 minutes drive from Auckland city centre lies this pup paradise. This wide open beach is off-leash all year round and is a really popular spot for dog owners. While there is plenty of space for a good walk during high tide, visiting during low tide will allow you to venture further across the rocks and around the cliffs. The sheltered bay is the perfect place for both dogs and their owners to swim in the sea. The water is very calm and has a gentle slope into deeper water. There is also a shallow fresh water stream that your dog can drink from or use to wash off some sand.

things to do with your dog in Auckland


Situated in the trendy neighbourhood of Grey Lynn, this cool coffee shop is super dog-friendly. Not only do they serve dog treats and ‘puppercinos’, they’ll even give you money off your own coffee just for bringing your pup! The casual outdoor seating consists of beanbags and dog beds and you can sit and watch the world go by in the sunshine.

Auckland Botanic Gardens

The Auckland Botanic Gardens are free to enter and offer 64 hectares of forest and gardens to explore. It’s a great day out for the whole family with guided walks, art exhibits and gardening workshops taking place throughout the year. Dogs are permitted in the gardens on a leash and there is an off-leash area to the north.

Mercer Bay Loop

This scenic cliff-top walk is well known for it’s dramatic views of the rugged New Zealand coastline. The walk itself isn’t particularly long and can be done in around an hour. The gravel track and timber stairs make it an easy route for all ability levels. There are also benches dotted along the path and dedicated lookout areas to help you get the best views. Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times.

Whatever you and your pup are into, there are plenty of things to do with your dog in Auckland.

Fri Oct 23 2020