Dog exercise areas

Find out where you and your dog can exercise off-leash together in a dog-friendly environment.

Dog parks and exercise areas

Dog parks are fenced areas specially designed for dog and owner security.

Dog exercise areas are open spaces where your dog can be off-leash but under effective control.

Reserves and walking tracks

You can let your dog run free on any reserve or park within Christchurch that is not a leashed or prohibited area but your dog must be under effective control at all times.

There are also walking tracks that allow you to take your dog with you.


In order to protect swimming and recreation activities, dogs are prohibited from these Christchurch and Banks Peninsula beaches from 1 November to 31 March between 9am and 7pm:

  • Spencer Park, Waimairi, North and South New Brighton Beaches: For 100 metres in northerly and southerly directions from the Surf Life Saving Club’s pavilions.
  • New Brighton Beach: For 100 metres in a northerly direction of the Surf Life Saving Club’s pavilion and 100 metres southward of the Christchurch Pier.
  • Sumner Beach: For 100 metres in a northerly direction of the Sumner Surf Life Saving Club’s pavilion and to Cave Rock in the south.
  • Taylor's Mistake Beach: For 50 metres in a general northerly and southerly direction from the Taylor's Mistake Surf Life Saving Club’s pavilion.
  • All of Lyttelton Harbour beach and foreshore areas, Cass Bay beach, Corsair Bay beach, Sandy Bay beach, Paradise Bay beach, Hays Bay beach, Diamond Harbour beach and Purau beach.
  • All of Akaroa beach, French Farm beach, Le Bon’s Bay beach, Little Akaloa beach, Okain's Bay beach, Port Levy beach and Tikao Bay beach.