Best spots to take your dog

Friday, 15 January 2021

Best spots to take your dog

With over 14,000 dogs registered and many homes having more than one dog, it is clear that Selwyn people love their dogs.

Selwyn has three dog parks where dogs can exercise, run off-leash and socialise with other dogs.


Foster Dog Park (Rolleston), Leeston Dog Park and the newly opened McHughs Forest Dog Park (Darfield) are three Council managed dog parks; all fully fenced with exercise equipment, and shaded areas. Selwyn also has a number of on-leash walks ranging from 30 minutes to half day hikes.


The Willows at West Melton is a great place to pack a picnic and walk along the Waimakariri River. The area is off-leash but make sure that you pooch is under effective control at all times. That means that your dog will return to you immediately when called.

For more challenging walks head out to Craigieburn Forest Park or Korowai Torlesse Tussocklands Park along the Great Alpine Highway (SH73), where there are many trails that you can take your furry friend for a great day out. Your mate can also accompany you along the Little River Rail Trail from Hornby to Motukarara, or around the wetlands in Lincoln.


Dogs are not allowed on Department of Conservation land. It is vital that we preserve and protect our native flora and fauna.

When walking your dog, don’t forget your doggie bags, and if taking one of the longer walks and tracks, pack water and bowl for your four-legged companion.

Check out more information about where you can walk your dog in Selwyn.

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