The rulesYour dogs are very welcome in Paekākāriki. However, Kāpiti Coast District Council has a number of restrictions on where and when dogs can be walked off-lead. Check out the Paekākāriki dog access and walking zones map.
Beach dog on-leash areasBetween 10am – 7pm from 01 December to the end of daylight savings the following beach foreshore area is dog on-leash:
- From Beach Road, Paekākāriki to the Wainui Stream Estuary
- Ames Street Reserve, (including beach from Beach Road entrance to the southern boundary) is strictly on-leash due to resident Kororā/Little Blue Penguins. Dogs are the biggest threat to these native species and these little guys live in this area year-round and we love them!
- Read Vivienne Jeff's storyBeware the kororā! here.
Access corridorsDog access corridors allow access through or around otherwise no dog areas. These corridors remain dog on-leash areas at all times:
- Walking through Campbell Park, either from Wellington Road to the Parade or vice versa
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 shopsThere'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 ParkThere'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
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.
Lost your dog in the village?Join the Dogs of Paekākāriki Facebook page. This page is to help reunite owners with escape-artist pooches.
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 Paekākāriki 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 to 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.
Queen Elizabeth Park
Less than one hour
A wonderful bike trail to Whareroa Beach and back for families and those wanting a scenic, sand-dune burst, ideal for those starting out mountain biking, offering coastal views and countless places to rest, play, picnic or swim.
Queen Elizabeth Park
Less than one hour
One of the best family-friendly biking opportunities in the Wellington region. Te Ara o Whareroa is a mainly-flat 6km sealed track on the inland side of the coastal sand dunes in Queen Elizabeth Park. It’s popular with all ages, from students biking to school in Raumati to older
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Are you looking for a magical stroll? It’s worth taking a gentle wander around the village's Letterbox Art Walk to view some spectacular creations by a sample of Paekākāriki's artistic residents.