Dog Exercise Areas
Dogs require regular exercise; however there is often conflict between dog owners and non dog owners. So we request that you respect other people’s rights to use reserves when exercising your dog.
When setting up “Exercise and Prohibited areas” the Council has an obligation under the Dog Control Act 1996 to have regard to the exercise and recreational needs of dogs and to minimise danger, distress and nuisance to the community.
Most of the parks and reserves within the Whakatane District are designated as “dog exercise areas”. Beaches are also designated as exercise areas. In exercise areas dog owners can exercise their dogs off-leash and must:
- keep the dog under direct control at all times
- remain in the designated dog exercise area with their dog
- pick up dog faeces and place them in a rubbish bin.
Prohibited areas where dogs are not allowed at all times e.g. Kohi Point, Mokoroa Gorge and the Bird walk areas are all “Kiwi Zoned” areas. All children’s playgrounds are prohibited areas as well. If owners take their dogs into prohibited areas they will be issued with an instant $300 fine.
View or download maps showing exercise and prohibited areas for dogs in the District