Best Dog Beaches In The East
Auckland’s east is a treasure trove of spectacular beaches, many of which are dog-friendly as well. Let’s look a little closer.
Point England Reserve (Waiotaiki Reserve)
This unique beach offers something different than the usual seaside environment, with the scrubby vegetation making a visually interesting contrast with the whiter sands running alongside it.
On the foreshore, reserve, and pedestrian portions of Point England Reserve, dogs can be off-leash at all times. (Summer hours are 5pm–10am, while winter hours are 4pm–10am.)
Dogs aren’t allowed between 10am and 5pm in summer, but are allowed on a leash between 10am and 4pm in winter.
Just next to central Auckland, Eastern Beach is known for its palm trees, calm blue waters, and white sand. If you’re imagining the ideal photogenic beach, this is it!
Dogs can be off-leash at all times in the Northern Beach zones. They can be off-leash at all times during the winter in the Southern Beach areas, but they are forbidden from 10am to 5pm. during the summer and must be on-leash between 10am and 5pm.
Cockle Bay Beach
This is a nice straight beach in the inner east, offering plenty of space for exercising you and your dog. It’s important to remember, though, that there are sharp shells within the water – so stick to the same and tread carefully.
Dogs are allowed off-leash at Cockle Bay Beach at all times during winter, and from 5pm–10am during the summer. (Outside those hours, though they’re forbidden on the beach – so make sure you time everything right.)
Mission Bay Beach
Mission Bay Beach (just east of central Auckland) is great for dogs, and there’s plenty of space for them to run around. It’s a sanctuary for water lovers, too. It's no surprise that Mission Bay is a popular destination for locals and visitors alike, built around the gorgeous, pohutukawa-lined beach and separated from the core city by a short and scenic drive. There’s around 600m of lovely beach for you both to enjoy, so go for it!
Mataitai Bay Beach
Mātaitai Bay Beach is a beach in Auckland Region, situated nearby to Mataitai Pa, and close to Koherurahi Pa. This is a calm, half-moon shaped beach which has safe, shallow water perfect for wading around with your dog. As far as the sights go, there are green granite boulders stretching out along the coast which make for a beautiful backdrop.
This safe family beach is great for dogs, big and small. Dogs are allowed off-leash in the park – but be aware that throughout the summer, the off-leash area is restricted to the hours between 10am and 5pm.
Whether you’re looking to visit the beach for a long time or a short time, the right nutritional balance will make all the difference to your dog’s energy levels. At Eukanuba, we’ve formulated a dog food range that provides active dogs with all the energy they’ll need to keep powering along the beach.