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Designated Exercise Areas 

The following areas of land within the Hauraki District Council are available for the exercise and recreation needs of dogs:-

  • Stop bank land in Paeroa, down stream of the Criterion Bridge, owned by Environment Waikato and not sub leased for grazing or other purposes.
  • Brenan Field, Paeroa but excluding the skate board area and the playing fields.
  • Waihi South Reserve, Consol Street, Waihi.
  • Stop bank land in Ngatea owned by Environment Waikato and not sub leased for grazing or other purposes.
  • Area of Morgan Park, Waihi behind the netball courts only, excluding the children's playground area and the playing fields.
  • Public lane between the northern boundary of the District and the southern boundary of the Wharekawa Recreation Reserve which is defined by the Waihopuhopu Bridge. 

Two dogs playing tug-o-war

Prohibited Areas 

Areas to which Prohibition for dogs will apply. 

  1. Whiritoa Beach including the lagoon: - from December 20 in any one year to March 1 of the following year and on public holiday weekends, between the hours of 9:00am and 7:00pm. Outside these hours but within these dates dogs may be exercised without a leash but must be under control of its owner or the person in charge of the dog.
  2. The beach area, defined as east of the boundary of East Coast Road to mean low water spring, from the District boundary at Miranda to, the southern boundary of Kaiaua which is defined by the southern 50 kilometre per hour speed limit.
  3. Children’s playgrounds.
  4. Areas of ecological sensitivity. The Chief Executive is given delegated authority to, in conjunction with the Department of Conservation, determine and publicly notify protected animal and bird habitat areas from which dogs will be banned for a period of time included in the determination.
  5. Those lengths of the Hauraki Rail Trail corridor detailed below. The corridor is defined as being the area between the fences on either side of the formed Hauraki Rail Trail track and includes bridges, underpasses and farm access tracks. Dogs are prohibited between the following points:
    1. That part of the Hauraki Rail Trail between Ferry Road, Hikutaia, and the southern side of the Opukeko Stream Bridge, Paeroa.
    2. That part of the Hauraki Rail Trail that commences at Ryall Road, Paeroa, through to the Hauraki Rail Trail Bridge immediately north of the stream/drain known as D3 on the Hauraki District Council Matamata-Piako District Council boundary.
    3. That part of the Hauraki Rail Trail from the intersection of Rotokohu Road and Te Moananui Flats Road, Paeroa, through to Bridge Street, Karangahake.
    4. That part of the Hauraki Rail Trail that commences at the gateway directly south of the western end of the pedestrian footbridge which traverses the Ohinemuri River adjacent to the Victoria Battery, Waikino, through to the northern side of the Hauraki Rail Trail swing bridge (C-11), Waihi.
  6. Any other areas as resolved by Council from time to time through the Dog Control Bylaw.

Maps of the Dog control Areas can be found in schedule 7 of Part 3 of the HDC Consolidated Bylaw 

Restricted Areas 

Areas to which Restrictions for dogs will apply. 

Dogs are prohibited from entry to the following public places unless on a leash:- 

  1. Dogs are prohibited from entry to the following public places unless on a leash:-Urban areas of public use for example, but not limited to, residential areas, picnic areas, sports fields, shopping areas, Council reserves, those sections of the Hauraki Rail Trail where dogs are not prohibited (excluding designated dog exercise areas), and other similar public places.
  2. Whiritoa beach including the lagoon: - from March 2 in any year to December 19 of the same year between the hours of 10:00am and 3:00pm. Outside these hours but within these dates a dog may be exercised without a leash but must be under the control of its owner or a responsible person.
  3. Public land between the southern boundary of Kaiaua, defined by the southern 50 kilometre per hour speed limit sign, and the southern boundary of the Wharekawa Recreation Reserve which is defined by the Waihopuhopu Bridge.
  4. Entry to land under the control of the Department of Conservation or Auckland Regional parks may be restricted. Owners should consult with the Department of Conservation or Auckland Regional Council prior to entering land under the Department’s control.