Walking & Hiking Trails

Dog friendly walks in the Waikato

From established trails to dedicated exercise areas and parks, the 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
  • Tauhara Park
  • Mangaiti Gully

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

Te Aroha

Te Aroha Domain, Te Aroha, Waikato, 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

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:

  • Firth Tower Reserve
  • Hawes Bush
  • Holmwood Reserve
  • Morrinsville Rose Gardens
  • 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
  • Lake Ngaroto

Waitomo & Surrounds

Mangaokewa Scenic Reserve, Te Kuiti, 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.


Left hand surf break, Raglan, New Zealand

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.