Dog friendly walks in Hamilton & Waikato

From established trails to dedicated exercise areas and parks, the Hamilton & Waikato region offers plenty of spaces to take your beloved dog for a walk.

Check out the dog friendly walks in the Waikato region below.

Please Note: Unless otherwise stated, dogs must be on a lead at all times.

Hamilton City

From riverside strolls or loops of the Hamilton Lake, to specific dog parks and more, Hamilton City boasts a range of dog exercise areas and dog parks. Dogs are permitted on the following walks in and around Hamilton City

  • Hamilton Lake
  • Hamilton River Walks
  • Taitua Arboretum

For a full list of dog friendly walks and spaces in Hamilton City, click here.

Te Aroha

Howarth Memorial Wetlands Walk, Te Aroha, NZ

Mt Te Aroha and the surrounding area offers a plethora of great walking trails to explore. Dogs are permitted on the following walks in Te Aroha:

  • Tui Domain Walk
  • Te Aroha Domain & Mokena Geyser
  • Upper & Lower Domain Walks
  • Howarth Memorial Wetlands Walk

For more information about dog friendly walks in Te Aroha, click here.

Matamata & Surrounds

Matamata, Morrinsville and the surrounding have several parks and reserves that are dog friendly including:

  • Kaimai Tunnel Reserve
  • Hawes Bush
  • and more

For more information about dog friendly walks in Matamata & surrounds, click here.

Cambridge & Waipa

Lake Te Ko Utu, Cambridge, Waikato NZ

Cambridge is home to many great walks to share with man's best friend, including:

  • Lake Te Ko Utu
  • Riverside Domain
  • Te Awa walkway / cycleway

For more information on dog friendly walks in Cambridge and the wider Waipa area, click here.

South Waikato

Enjoy a relaxing stroll in the South Waikato town of Putaruru along with your dog on the following walks:

  • Rotary Grove, Putaruru

Waitomo & Surrounds

Pureora Forest Park, Timber Trail Walkway, Waitomo, NZ

A range of great walks in the wider Waitomo area allow dogs, most with prior DOC permission, including:

  • Mangaokewa Reserve, Te Kuiti
  • Ward Street Reserve, Te Kuiti
  • Old BMX Track in the Redwood Forest, Te Kuiti
  • Mangaotaki Walk & Waitanguru Falls Walk, Piopio - DOC permit required
  • Pureora Forest Park, Pureora - DOC permit required

North Waikato

There are several dog friendly walking areas throughout the North Waikato region including:

  • Beach walks at Port Waikato
  • Dog parks in Huntly
  • Dog parks in Taupiri

For more information on dog friendly walks and spaces in North Waikato, click here.


From beach strolls to town walks, Raglan provides a variety of dog friendly areas to explore, including:

  • Estuary Walkway
  • 3 Bridges Walk
  • Town walk
  • Beach Walk
  • Wharf Walk

For more information on dog friendly walks and spaces in Raglan, click here.

Raglan Beach, New Zealand