The Bay of Plenty is packed with walking trails and parks that are perfect for exercising dogs. Here are 7 great walks to check out with your furry friend.

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Pāpāmoa Beach

Who loves the sand and the sea more than us humans? Our furry friends! Pāpāmoa Beach is a superb place to take your dogs. From south of Moturiki (Leisure Island) to Pāpāmoa East, your dog is welcome to stroll on the sand and take a dip into the sea. 

Things to know:

  • Dogs under control at all times.
  • Parking along Pāpāmoa Beach Road.
  • Be cautious at high tide as Pāpāmoa Beach sometimes gets large swells.
Pāpāmoa Beach
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Te Puna Quarry Park

Te Puna Quarry Park is a magical place of special beauty with walkways, panoramic views, native & exotic trees and lots more. The park is a great place to take your pooches. The main circular track is about 45 minutes. 

Things to know:

  • Dogs must be on a leash at all times.
  • The park is open every day of the year during daylight hours.
  • Car parking and toilets are located at the entrance.
Te Puna Quarry Park
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The Trig Walk

The Trig walk is a 3-kilometres return - about 90-minute walk with stunning views overlooking Waihī Beach, up the Coromandel and along the coast eastwards. The track is in the bush so suitable to do at any time of day.

Things to know:

  • Well-formed track with some steps and steep bits.
  • Car parking: Drive up Pacific Road, go left at the top, park the car in the water reservoir car park.
The Trig Walk
Wairakei Reserve

Wairakei Reserve

A series of pathways follow the Pāpāmoa stormwater reserves, providing a 6-kilometres one way walking and cycle link from Pacific View Road to Wairakei Reserve. 

Things to know:

  • Watch out for poisonous Karaka berries in summer. The Karaka trees are native to New Zealand and grow in coastal and lowland forest. 
  • Flat walking track.
  • You can walk from end-to-end or join somewhere along the way. 
Wairakei Reserve
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Ōhope Harbourside Trail

A nice path for cyclists and walkers along the shoreline of one of NZ’s most unspoiled estuaries, Ōhiwa Harbour. This is a 2.9-kilometre pathway that dogs can enjoy too.

Things to know:

  • Dogs must be on a leash at all times.
Ōhope Harbourside Trail
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Waikareao Estuary Walkway

The Waikareao Estuary Walkway is a 9-kilometre loop track ideal for walking your dog. It takes around 2 hours and is a mixture of boardwalks, gravel and sealed footpaths.

Things to know:

  • There is car parking at Maxwells Road, Coach Drive and the Waihī Road entrance to Takitimu Drive.
Waikareao Estuary Walkway
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Puketoki Scenic Reserve

Only a short distance from Tauranga, Puketoki is one of the oldest reserves in the Western Bay of Plenty. There are two loop tracks, a short loop which takes about 20-minutes and a long loop which takes around one hour. 

Things to know:

  • Dogs must be on a leash at all times.
  • Car parking, picnic area and toilets are located at the entrance.
Puketoki Scenic Reserve