Dog Exercise (Off-Leash) Areas

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Dog Exercise (Off-Leash) Areas

Dog are permitted off-leash in the following areas, provided they are under control at all times, and the person responsible for the dog has a bag to immediately remove fouling and a leash with them.

District Wide

All beaches with the exception of those areas specifically identified as Dog Prohibited or Dog On-Leash Areas, as well as the foreshore of Maud Island and Stephens Island (Takapourewa) and any land prohibited under the Conservation Act 1987 from being an “open dog” area, any National Park, or any area otherwise prohibited by the Department of Conservation.

All river berms owned or administered by Council except those areas specifically identified as Dog Prohibited Areas or Dog On-Leash areas.

Note: At any children’s playground dogs must be 3 metres away from the outside edge safety surfacing (external to the playground) irrespective of the area being a dog off-leash area. Where this is not physically possible dogs must be on-leash on the formed pathway or footpath (except in dog prohibited playgrounds).

The following table identifies exercise areas of the Marlborough District where dogs are allowed off-leash. The maps should be viewed in order to determine the exact location of restrictions.

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Dog Off-Leash Areas - Blenheim

Name of Public Place

Location/Access

Ching Park

Endeavour Street

Dillons Point River Reserve

Dillons Point Road, behind the Nelson Street roundabout

Fultons Creek Reserve

Kingwell Drive

Harling Park and walkway to Elmwood Avenue.

Note: dogs are prohibited from the fenced Japanese Gardens.

Howick Road

Marshall Place Reserve including the riverside area

Marshall Place

Murphys Reserve

Horne Place and Kingwell Drive

Henderson Street Reserve

Except that dogs must be on-leash in the area going past the children’s playground

Henderson Street and Harakeke Place

Ōpaoa Walkway Reserve

Access from Ching Park and Henderson Street Reserve

Sheps Park

Severne Street

Sutherland Stream Reserve

Between Hospital Road and the Wither Hills Redwood Street car park.

Note: dogs are allowed on-leash between Hospital Road and Alabama Road alongside the eastern boundary of Rewi Murray Polo Park and Whitehead Park.

Elisha and Glenhill Drives, Hospital Road and Wither Road, Brilyn Crescent and Redwood Street

Taylor River and Riverside Park: Along the true right bank (Blenheim town centre side) of the Taylor River from the Taylor Dam to the Henry Street Bridge. From the Sinclair Street rail bridge (Blenheim town centre side) to Stuart Street. Along the true left bank (west side) of the Taylor River from Meadow Bank Road to the Alfred Street Bridge. From the Sinclair Street rail bridge (west side) to the formed pathway that connected to Snowden Crescent. Note: Dogs are allowed on-leash along the true right bank of the river (Blenheim town centre side), from the Henry Street Bridge to the Sinclair Street rail bridge; and Note: Dogs are allowed on-leash along the true left bank of the river from the Alfred Street Bridge (Leeds Quay) to the Sinclair Street rail bridge. Taylor Pass Road, Meadowbank Road, Turnbull Drive, George Conroy Drive, Wither Road, Rosina Corlett Lane, Richardson Avenue, Spitfire Drive, New Renwick Road, Burleigh Road, Leitrim Street, Rogers Street, Brewer Street, Stratford Street, Monro Street, Purkiss Street, Brook Street, Boyce Street, Beaver Road, White Street, Henry Street, Hutcheson Street ,Nelson Street, Stuart Street, Opawa Street, Auckland Street, Park Terrace, Snowden Crescent, Horton Street, High Street, Symon Street, John Street, Seymour Street, Sinclair Street, Leeds Quay and Alfred Street

Dog Off-Leash Areas - Picton, Waikawa and Koromiko

Name of Public Place

Location/Access

Auckland Street Reserve

Except dogs are prohibited on the Picton Skate Park.

Auckland and Scotland Streets, Wairau Road and Heather Place

Beach Road Reserve

Beach and Waikawa Roads

Endeavour Heights Reserve

Ranui Street, Rohe Drive, Glentui Place and Admiralty Place

Esson’s Valley Tracks - Humphries Dam and Barnes Dam Tracks

Garden Terrace

Memorial Park - entrance via Surrey Street

Waikawa Road, Hampden Street and the Picton to Waikawa Walkway, Picton Marina

Moana View Reserve

Moana View Terrace and Boons Valley Road

Rimu Terrace Reserve

Rimu Terrace

Tirohanga Track

Newgate Street and Garden Terrace

Victoria Domain Reserves – on the lower Picton to Waikawa track (but not on Endeavour Park).

Note: dogs are allowed on-leash on roadways and formed walking tracks, shared walking and biking tracks.

Note: dogs are prohibited from the mountain bikes tracks and the balance of the domain.

Waitohi Domain

Dublin Street

Dog Off-Leash Areas - Marlborough Sounds and Havelock

Name of Public Place

Location/Access

Hakahaka Bay Esplanade Reserve

Port Underwood

Kaimiko Stream Reserve

Okiwi Bay

Ruataniwha Place Reserve

Okiwi Bay

Tirimoana Reserve

Tirimoana, Anakiwa

Dog Off-Leash Areas - Renwick

Name of Public Place

Location/Access

Renwick Dog Park

State Highway 6 and Foxes Island Road

Lions Reserve

Hawkesbury Road

Dog Off-Leash Areas - Riverlands

Name of Public Place

Location/Access

Simonsen Reserve

Malthouse Road, off State Highway 1

Dog Off-Leash Areas - Seddon and Awatere Valley

Name of Public Place

Location/Access

Blairich Reserve

Awatere Valley Road

Flemings Road Esplanade Reserve

Seaview Road, Seddon

Dog Off-Leash Areas - Wairau River

Name of Public Place

Location/Access

Wairau River banks and bed downstream of the confluence with the Waihopai River, including the banks of the Diversion but not leased land where the public is excluded.

Dog Off-Leash Areas – Ward Beach

Name of Public Place

Location/Access

Ward Beach - on the Ward Beach boat launching area.

Note: Dogs are allowed on-leash in the car park and on Ward Beach, north of the boat launching area to Chancet Rocks and south of the boat launching area to Needles Point.

Note: Dogs are prohibited on the Ward Beach north beyond Chancet Rocks to Marfells Beach and south beyond Needles Point to the Marlborough District Council boundary.

Ward Beach Road

  • Renwick Dog Park

    The Renwick Dog Park is located on the corner of Foxs Island Road (off SH 6).