Where to take your dog in Wellington, New Zealand

Located in the south of the North Island, Wellington is fairly small in size for a capital city. But it more than makes up for it in personality. The compact downtown area is bursting to the seams with art galleries, museums and theatres. It’s also home to a waterfront promenade and beautiful sandy beaches. The strong winds that blow through have given the city the nickname of ‘Windy Wellington’. So whether you’re looking to soak up some culture, drink some coffee or go on a hike, you’ll find plenty to do with your dog in Wellington.

Prefab Eatery

Located in the Te Aro area of Wellington, this 180-seater cafe is home to house-roasted coffee and freshly baked bread. Dogs are welcome to join you on the outdoor patio or indoors at this top-notch brunch spot. It’s worth noting that it’s only open during the week from 7am-3pm. 

Wellington Botanic Garden

Officially established in 1868, the Wellington Botanic Garden is a lovely place to wander around with your dog. With 25 hectares of beautiful plant species to discover, a rose garden, duck pond and playground, there are loads of things to do here. Dogs need to be kept on a lead at all times and cleaned up after immediately. Unfortunately the cable car that goes up to the gardens does not allow dogs.

Things to do with your dog in Wellington, New Zealand

Golding’s Free Dive

This no-nonsense neighbourhood bar offers a range of local craft beers and serves pizzas from Pizza Pomodoro down the street. Dogs are more than welcome and will be offered a bowl of water. However, it’s only a small bar and can get quite busy and noisy so it’s worth keeping that in mind if your dog gets nervous. 

Northern Walkway

This stunning 13km walking trail takes around 4-5 hours to complete but can be done in shorter sections if you don’t have much time. The trail winds through abandoned railway tunnels and up bush covered hills to the 360-degree views from the Remutaka Ranges. Dogs need to be on a leash at all times but are allowed to run free at Trelissick Park and during the ridge line section of the trail at Te Ahumairangi.

So whether you want to enjoy the great outdoors or grab a coffee, you’ll find plenty to do with your dog in Wellington.

Fri Jun 11 2021