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Top spots to walk man's best friend

We are spoiled for choice when it comes to incredible walks in and around Christchurch, and this doesn’t stop when it comes to options for your pooch too! So, pack their lead, some water, a few treats, and head out to discover the top walks that you and your furry friend will love. 

The Groynes Dog Park

Groynes Drive, Northwood

With two spring fed streams, plenty of trees and open spaces The Groynes is one spot your dog will love to roam.

South New Brighton

Marine Parade, South New Brighton

Take your buddy to the beach to let off some steam and enjoy a run in the waves!

Please note that between Nov – Mar dogs need to stay on their leads around the Surf Life Saving Club.

Bottle Lake Forest Park

Waitakiri Drive, Burwood

With 1000 hectares of pine forest, Bottle Lake is a great park to roam with your pooch. Make sure you pack some water for you both to make the most of the adventure.

Port Hills

Port Hills Range

Head to the hills and let your best friend explore the tracks, a great workout for both owner and pooch alike.

Victoria Park

101 Victoria Park Road, Cashmere

Victoria Park is a great sport for walking and relaxing with picnic spots and walking tracks. It has the added bonus of a dog park that is securely fenced with grasslands, inclines and drinking water for your four legged friend.

Sumner Beach

The Esplanade, Sumner

Sniff the salt air and explore Sumner Beach, or head to the esplanade and watch the surfers do their thing. Sumner is a great spot to take your dog and enjoy the beach vibe.

Please note that between Nov – Mar dogs need to stay on their leads around the Surf Life Saving Club.

Rapaki track 

Rapaki Road, Hillsborough

Starting at the end of Rapaki Road, this track is great for dogs that want a solid workout with the bonus of beautiful views of Lyttleton and Banks Peninsula when you reach the top. 

Hagley Park

14 Riccarton Avenue, Christchurch Central

You can spend hours wandering through the daffodils in spring and there are plenty of off-leash areas for dogs to walk and socialise.

Please note, dogs are prohibited in the Botanic Gardens, but are allowed under effective control in certain areas of Hagley Park.