The rulesYour dogs are very welcome in Paekākāriki. However, Kāpiti Coast District Council have a number of restrictions on where and when dogs can be walked off-lead. Check out the dog access and walking zones map. In the summer between 10am – 7pm there are two official off-lead walking areas:
- The off-lead area on the beach alongside the Ames Street Reserve. Note this has regular poison drops to keep the rabbit population down and the resultant carcasses are dangerous to your dogs so is not a recommended off-lead walk.
- The beach at the northern end of the village, adjacent to Queen Elizabeth Park is a good walk.
- Campbell Park sports field
- The area around Paekakariki Holiday Park, at the entrance to Queen Elizabeth Park
Dog hooksThere is a hook for your dogs next to the notice board on Beach Road near the shops.
Drinking water spots for your dog
- By the shops there's a water tap attached to the village notice board on Beach Road. A dog bowl is next to the dog hook that you can fill with water.
- Queen Elizabeth Park. There's a dog bowl as part of the drinking fountain system next to the toilets at the southern end of the park (near the palm boulevard) to the right after you drive/bike/walk over the Wainui stream bridge. This is also a good place to park.
Scooping your dog’s poopThere are a number of rubbish bins which you can use to dispose of your dog’s poop, on Beach Road and along The Parade. If you walk your dogs on other streets please take your filled poop bags with you.
There are a few residents who leave empty bread bags in a box attached to their fence in case you run out of empty poop bags. A couple of these are located at 19 Ames St & 36 Wellington Rd
Good dog walks around PaekākārikiCheck the local tide to ensure you complete walks along the beach before high tide.
Shorter walkStart your walk on Beach Road at the shops. Head towards the sea and take the beach access 'Pearl & Florrie’s Way' followed by steps to the beach. Walk north along the beach. When you reach Paekākāriki Surf Club take the closest beach access back up to The Parade. Walk south along The Parade back towards Beach Road, or walk back along the beach.
Longer walkStart your walk on Beach Road at the shops. Head towards the sea and take the beach access, 'Pearl & Florrie’s Way', followed by steps to the beach. Walk north along the beach. When you reach Paekakariki Surf Club take the closest beach access back up on to The Parade. Walk east up Henare Street until you reach the junction with Wellington Road. Turn left and enter Queen Elizabeth Park. Alternatively there is access into the park from behind the surf club. At the first road fork in the park turn left and head west towards the beach. Once you arrive at the beach you should be able the remove your dog’s lead (check for signs). Walk north up the beach until you reach the beach access (not signposted but wide path) towards the inland track. Reattach your dog’s lead and re-enter the park. Follow the signposted tracks towards the inland track. Once you reach this inland track head south back towards Paekākāriki. On exiting the park walk south along Tilley Road, back towards your start point on Beach Road.
Dog behaviourIf your dog on-lead meets another dog off-lead, the on-lead dog may feel threatened. If both dogs are not exhibiting friendly or play poses please ask the other owner to put their dog on its lead.
If a dog bows to your dog, they are initiating play and are not a threat.Reference: http://www.petprofessionalguild.com