A guide for dog owners

On the Coromandel we are lucky to be able to take our canine pals almost anywhere, whether it's down to the beach or for a stroll into town for a bite to eat. What you might not realise is that you need to have your dog on lead in most areas.

We want to make sure everyone can enjoy our public spaces and that there's a safe environment for both dog and non-dog people.  

A responsible dog owner:

  • Picks up their dog's poo. Please carry bags with you or use one of our dog poo bag dispensers across the district.
  • Makes sure their dog has access to shade, fresh drinking water and never leaves their dog in a hot car.
  • Carries a lead at all times and has their dog under control when off-lead (unless you are in a designated dog exercise area, you must have your dog on a lead).
  • Ensures their dog is registered and wears a registration tag at all times. If your dog is registered in another district, an ID with your name, mobile phone number and/or address will help if your dog gets lost or picked up by a Dog Control Officer.
  • Remembers the 5-second rule: Whenever you take your dog outside, place the back of your hand on the pavement. If you can't hold it there for 5 seconds, it's too hot to walk your dog.
  • Makes sure their property has somewhere to keep their pet safe, secure and under control (and in the shade), where they will not be a nuisance to neighbours.

Summaries of the rules by area

The most important rule to remember is that dogs must be on a lead unless specified otherwise. So, when in doubt, put your dog on a lead. 


Below is a summary of the rules for each Community Board area, to help you understand the local rules. 

  • Coromandel-Colville Community Board area Big Sandy Bay, Carey Road, Hannafords Bay, Herds Bay, Little Bay, Little Sandy Bay, Long Bay, Oamaru Bay, Otautu Bay, Patukirikiri Reserve, Port Jackson, Tucks Bay, Waikawau Bay (east coast), Wyuna Bay
  • Mercury Bay Community Board area - Brophys/Ohuka Beach, Buffalo Beach, Cooks Beach, Hahei Beach, Hot Water Beach, Kuaotunu, Rings Beach, Matarangi, Opito Bay, Otama Beach, Wainuiototo/New Chums Beach, Whangapoua Beach, Wharekaho
  • Tairua-Pauanui Community Board area - Pauanui Ocean Beach, Tairua Harbour Estuary, Tairua Ocean Beach, Otara Bay, Boat Harbour Beach
  • Thames Community Board area - Burke Street Beach, Burke Street Reserve, Kuranui Bay, Little Waikawau (west coast), Ngarimu Bay, Ruamahunga Bay, Tapu, Tararu, Te Mata, Te Puru, Thornton Bay, Waiomu Bay, Whakatete Bay
  • Whangamata Community Board area - Onemana Beach, Opoutere Beach, Heatherington Road Reserve, Park Avenue Reserve, Patiki Bay Reserve, Whangamata Beach, Otahu Estuary

Check the Dog Control Bylaw for further information, including area maps. 

For information on dog access to conservation land check www.doc.govt.nz.