Dog Exercise Areas

There are many places within Tasman District to exercise your dog, both on and off the leash. This page lists dog exercise areas and areas where dogs are prohibited or need to be on leash control.

General Information

Basic Rules For Walking Your Dog

Dog faeces must be removed immediately and hygienically disposed of. Doggie Doo bags are available free of charge from all Council Offices and in dispensers around the district.

Your dog must respond to voice commands, hand signals or other effective means of control when off the leash.

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Controlled Dog Exercise Areas

These are areas where you may take your dog to be exercised OFF its leash

Golden Bay

  • Beach from Milnthorpe Quay to Collingwood (east of township)
  • Patons Rock Beach, west of settlement to Pariwhakaoho River mouth
  • Pohara Beach from the end of Pohara Valley Road to eastern boundary of Pohara Camp
  • Rangihaeata Beach
  • Rototai Recreation Reserve and adjacent foreshore out to 300 metres northwest of the reserve

Motueka/Kina

  • Batchelor Ford Road
  • Riwaka River Mouth to Tapu Bay mudflats
  • York Park
  • Kina Beach- exposed seaward side of the beach

Richmond/Mapua

  • Dellside Reserve including track up into Richmond Hills
  • Jimmy Lee Creek Hill Street southern entrance
  • Headingly Lane – mudflat area below high tide mark
  • Old Mill Walkway - foreshore from seaward boundary Mapua Leisure Park to Chaytor Reserve
  • Railway Reserve behind Jubilee Park
  • Rough Island – Hunter Brown and Greenslade Park

Wakefield

  • Faulkner Bush Reserve except for the Leash Control Area.

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Leash Control Areas

Dogs must be on a leash in:

  • Any urban area or cemetery
  • The picnic area at Faulkner Bush Reserve
  • On Jimmy Lee Creek walkway from Hill Street (northern) entrance to the gate adjacent to Cushendall Rise
  • Awaroa vehicle access point.

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Dog Prohibited Areas

Dogs are prohibited on all Council sports fields and complexes, and within 10 metres of playground equipment and picnic tables. Dogs are also prohibited in the following areas.

Additional Restrictions - Abel Tasman Foreshore Scenic Reserve

Please note that a separate bylaw governs the Abel Tasman Foreshore Scenic Reserve, and dogs are prohibited - with a very few exceptions.

Golden Bay

  • Collingwood Camping Ground – summer months*
  • Takaka Central Business Area - between the hours of 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.  The Takaka Central Business Area is defined as:
    - Commercial Street from the southern point of the junction of Commercial and Reilly Streets to the northern point of the junction of Commercial and Junction Streets; and
    - the library car park
  • Takaka Township - the Village Green, Pioneer Park, the old library site and adjacent playground
  • Ligar Bay Beach – summer months*, except between the hours of 5.00 am and 9.00 am
  • Onekaka Estuary
  • Pakawau Beach (camp frontage) – summer months*
  • Parapara Inlet
  • Patons Rock Beach in front of the settlement – summer months*
  • Pohara Beach from the sign at the western end of the golf course to the mouth of the Motupipi Estuary
  • Pohara Beach from eastern camp boundary to Selwyn Street Reserve – summer months*
  • Pohara Beach Top 10 Holiday Park
  • Rototai to Waitapu Estuary foreshore (excluding Controlled Dog Exercise area adjacent to Rototai Recreation Reserve)
  • Ruataniwha Inlet
  • Tata Beach – during the period of New Zealand Daylight Saving Time, and for the remainder of the year from one hour prior to sunrise until one hour after sunset
  • Tukurua Beach (camp frontage) – summer months*
  • Waikato Inlet – including beach area to Ruataniwha Inlet

Abel Tasman Foreshore Scenic Reserve

Please note that a separate bylaw governs the Abel Tasman Foreshore Scenic Reserve, and dogs are prohibited - with a very few exceptions.

Motueka/Kina

  • Breaker Bay Beach
  • Fearons Bush Camping Ground
  • Kaiteriteri Beach
  • Little Kaiteriteri Beach – summer months*, except between the hours of 5.00 am and 9.00 am
  • Lower Moutere Recreation Reserve – except for Dog Obedience and Tracking classes
  • Memorial Reserve Corner, Riwaka
  • Motueka Sandspit – south of a line drawn through the point NZ Map Grid 2512857.1 (easting) 6009560.9 (northing)
  • Otuwhero Estuary and Sandspit
  • Saltwater Baths, Motueka
  • Stephens Bay Beach – summer months*, except between the hours of 5.00 am and 9.00 am

Richmond/Mapua

  • Hope Recreation Reserve & Hall – except for Dog Events approved by Hall Committee
  • McKee Memorial Domain
  • Rabbit Island (including the beach)
  • Sand Island and the shell bank by Bell Island (situated adjacent to the Nelson Airport runway - disturbed birds are a hazard to aircraft)

Murchison

  • Riverview Motor Camp

Definitions

* Summer months = 1 December to 1 March

Exception to Dog Prohibited Areas

This prohibition of dogs from specified areas does not apply to game hunting dogs engaged in legitimate hunting activities during the recognised hunting season.

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