Dog Exercise & Restricted Areas

​​​​​​Our aim is to balance the needs of dogs and their owners, while minimising any potential danger, distress or nuisance to the community and environment.

There are a number of designated areas where dogs can be exercised freely off the leash.  However, we only encourage owners to let their dogs free if they can control them by a call or whistle.

Respect and enjoy our dog exercise areas

  • Do not allow your dog to attack or annoy other dogs and people. 
  • Remember to remove your dog's droppings. 
  • Bitches that are in season are not allowed in public places.
  • Dogs are not allowed on any children's play area.

Dog exercise areas

​Dogs must be on a lead in all public spaces unless in a designated dog exercise area​.

View the dog exercise areas map in a new browser window.


  • Control Gates Reserve
  • Spa Thermal Park (excluding children's play equipment)
  • Kimberley Reserve
  • Tamatea Water Reserve
  • Titoki Water Reserve
  • Hawai Street Reserve
  • Secombe Park
  • Besley Park


  • Part of Mangakino Recreational Reserve - south of Lake Road between Lake Maraetai and golf course


  •  Te Rangiita/Waitekoko Lakeside Reserve
  • Waipapa Reserve
  • Taupahi Road Reserve
  • The grassed area between Turangi Park and the houses between Aonini Road and Wharekaihua Grove that back on to the reserve

Southern Settlements

  • Lakeshore Recreation Reserve adjacent to Lake Taupo from Pihanga Road to the end of Motutaiko Street
  • Kuratau Lakeshore Recreation Reserve - from cliff top area to Ihaia Road (excluding the beach area)
  • Pukawa South Recreation Reserve known as Pukawa Common (excluding area between roadway and lake)
  • The Whareroa Esplanade Reserve adjacent to Lake Taupo (Known as Kowhai Flats)


  • Marina Terrace Reserve

Dog restricted areas

Areas where dogs are restricted or prohibited (except when in a vehicle).


  • Lakefront Reserve - below the embankment from the Lake Terrace pump station (excluding the access road through to and including the Sea Scouts building).*
  • Two Mile Bay Reserve and the beach area (excluding the walkway)*
  • The part of the beach area (excluding the walkway) from Mapou Road to Kowhai Road, Taupo.*
  • Wharewaka Reserve and beach area (excluding the walkway) from below Kohatu Parade to Wharewaka Point*
  • The beach area at Acacia Bay North


  • Shopping mall, Turangi town centre

Southern Settlements

  • Lakeshore Recreation Reserve adjacent to Lake Taupo from Kuratau River mouth to the end of Motutaiko Street.*
  • Pukawa Esplanade Reserve
  • Esplanade Reserve at Hatepe*


  • Esplanade Reserve* 

 *Dogs prohibited from 1 December to 31 March during the hours of 9am to 7pm

Dogs are prohibited at all times

  • Turtle Pools, Turangi
  • AC Baths, Taupo
  • Mangakino Community Pool
  • All sports grounds and children's play equipment areas

Free pooper scooper bags

Free pooper scooper bags can be collected from our main offices.
See our map of the dog exercise areas to view where pooper scooper dispensers are situated.

View our Bylaw on dog fouling​.

Page reviewed: 11 Dec 2018 1:39pm