I love to go and explore places around my patch. At least once a week I hound my mum to take us to an off leash park to have some fun. We love to get off lead.
These are the ones I go to the most.
It is of course where the old rubbish tip used to be but my mum hates it because Molly and I always dig there to find rats. We have found a few too!!
If you ever go there and see 2 dogs always digging in the middle of the long grass with heads down and bums up then you probably know us already!!
The park is great as it is fully fenced and a great social place for us dogs, however in the Winter it gets very boggy - bring your gumboots!!
There is also a bit of a lack of variety but is ok as a daily place to give us dogs a run around.
Unfortunately it is unsafe to let the dogs swim in the creek as the water is so polluted.
The other thing my mum hates is that in the Summer it is full of Biddy Bids - this doesnt go well with my curly coat and they all get stuck in there.
3 / 5 stars from me It could be extended out to the reef and would give loads more room for us doggies to have fun.
Big King reserve is located off Mt Eden Rd in the 3 Kings end of Mt Roskill. Big King is a dedicated off lead park all year round. It is mostly fenced but has lots of pathways which lead out of the park which don't have gates.
The park is excellent -being great exercise for the dog and owners. It has a pathway which circles around and then up to a water reservoir at the top of the hill. The ironic part about this is there is of course NO water for the dogs!! Yay Auckland council!!
There are always lots of doggies there to play with and lots of trees if your dog likes hunting and sniffing around.
We are now banned from this park by my mum as Molly and I ventured out to the nighbourhood more than once and ended up chasing some cats. It was great fun.
4/5 stars from me ( needs to be fully fenced / to have water and to be a fully dedicated dog park)
Kakamatua is on the Road to Huia, just past Cornwallis on the left hand side. A short walk through the bush takes you out to a lovely stream and down to the beach. It must be the most popular place out West for dogs and it is well worth the trip from town. We love it as there are always many other dogs and when the tide is out space to run around is vast.
If you dont want to meet other dogs it is also possible at low tide as long as you dont go on the weekend - but the beach is big enough to have your own space.
The stream is fresh water so us dogs can have a drink after all the running around.
Mum likes this place as we cant get up to too much mischief here. :)
This is my favourite spot and I give it a 5/5 star rating.
Hobsonville Point Walkway is a new development by Auckland council so is still in the early stages. It is a great place to take bikes with dogs and ride around - otherwise as a nice walk. However we went in the heat of Summer and there wasnt much shade - however we managed to have a swim of the wharf at the end.
3.5/5 star rating.
Sanders Reserve is a bit of a trek to get to from where we live as it is on the upper reaches of the waitemata harbour at Paremoremo. But its a nice drive on a weekend and a great place to take us dogs as it has an enormous fenced area for us to go off lead with a circular path for the humans to walk around, a huge open space and also some bush where us dogs can venture down to the waters edge. If you want to walk further out of the end of the dog park its back on the lead but there is a nice walk way down to a sandy beach at the end of the reserve,
One of the bigger and nicer off lead fenced dog parks I have been.
4.5/5 star rating
Oakley Creek is very near our home so we go there often for our daily walk. Its lovely but we are not allowed off lead there as there are many ducks. One day I was off lead and jumped into the creek and swam after the ducks and nearly went over the waterfall - my mum nearly had a heart attack. Luckily for me some boys grabbed me before I swam over. Hehe it was great fun!
4/5 star rating