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10 Amazing Off-Leash Dog Parks in Christchurch, New Zealand: You Can Visit in 2023

Chantelle Fowler

By Chantelle Fowler

beautiful Labrador dogs playing with a ball in a green meadow

Whether you’re new to Christchurch or planning on visiting with your pup, you might wonder what amenities the Garden City offers pet owners. There are several dedicated dog parks where you can take your pup to enjoy a nice hike, walk or train on an agility course, but there are just as many parks where dogs are entirely prohibited.

Keep reading to find our list of the ten best off-leash dog parks you can visit in Christchurch.

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The 10 Off-Leash Dog Parks in Christchurch, New Zealand

1. Bottle Lake Forest

🗺️ Address 📍 Waitikiri Drive, Bottle Lake, Christchurch 8083, New Zealand
🕐 Open Times 7 AM–9 PM
💲 Cost N/A
🐕 Off-Leash Yes
  • Great for rainy days as there is tree cover
  • No designated dog park, but they do not have to be on a leash
  • 1,000 hectares of mostly flat pine forest
  • Not all areas are off-leash friendly
  • The Forest Blue Track & Southern Pegasus Bay Track have leash-free areas

2. Radley Park

🗺️ Address 📍 Woolston Court, Woolston, Christchurch 8023, New Zealand
🕐 Open Times 24 hours
💲 Cost N/A
🐕 Off-Leash Yes
  • Great for picnics with the whole family
  • Home to the first know dog agility course in New Zealand
  • Contains six medium-height agility obstacles
  • Agility area is not fenced, so dogs must have leads or an excellent recall
  • Playground area for children

3. Groynes Dog Park

🗺️ Address 📍 Groynes Drive, Northwood, Christchurch 8051, New Zealand
🕐 Open Times 8 AM until half an hour before sunset
💲 Cost N/A
🐕 Off-Leash In the dog park only
  • Large open spaces with plenty of trees
  • Two spring-fed springs for your pup to swim in
  • Three agility and obstacle courses, including one for smaller pups
  • Picnic and BBQ areas
  • Dogs are prohibited elsewhere in Groynes Park

4. Rawhiti Dog Park

🗺️ Address 📍 100 Shaw Avenue, New Brighton, Christchurch 8083, New Zealand
🕐 Open Times Open all-day
💲 Cost N/A
🐕 Off-Leash Yes
  • Massive forested area with a dedicated fenced dog park
  • Agility course structures for exercise
  • Picnic areas and playground for families
  • All day car parking

5. Bexley Reserve Dog Park


🗺️ Address 📍 Bexley, Christchurch 8061, New Zealand
🕐 Open Times 24 hours
💲 Cost N/A
🐕 Off-Leash Yes
  • Dog park features a small fenced area
  • Park is currently being expanded to include climbing obstacles
  • Best suited for small dogs
  • Picture perfect picnic area and paved roads for cycling

6. Victoria Park


🗺️ Address 📍 Cashmere, Christchurch 8022, New Zealand
🕐 Open Times Open at 7:30 AM, closes at 6 PM in winter and 9 PM in summer
💲 Cost N/A
🐕 Off-Leash In most areas
  • Huge dog park with a securely fenced area
  • Access to fresh drinking water
  • Grasslands, rocky outcrops, and steep ridges
  • Picnic tables and playground areas for children
  • Dogs must be on leashes on the Tawhairaunui Trail

7. Halswell Quarry Park

🗺️ Address 📍 Kennedys Bush Road, Kennedys Bush, Christchurch 8025, New Zealand
🕐 Open Times 7:30 AM to 7 PM, but 7:30 AM to 9 PM during DST
💲 Cost N/A
🐕 Off-Leash Yes
  • Off-leash dog exercise area has no fence
  • Dogs allowed on all trails except the Wetlands Conservation Area
  • Several walking tracks to explore with beautiful views of the Southern Alps

8. Styx Mill Conservation Reserve Dog Park



🗺️ Address 📍 130 Hussey Road, Northwood, Christchurch 8051, New Zealand
🕐 Open Times Open at 7:30 AM, closes at 5:30 PM in winter or half-hour before sunset in summer
💲 Cost N/A
🐕 Off-Leash Yes
  • Water in the dog pond may not be safe for swimming due to algae
  • Pond area is fenced in but can be accessed if you choose to let your dog swim
  • Two separate lake areas
  • Winding track through the trees that can be walked in 15 minutes
  • Securely fenced area

9. Horseshoe Lake Dog Park


🗺️ Address 📍 Horseshoe Lake Road, Burwood, Christchurch 8061, New Zealand
🕐 Open Times 24 hours
💲 Cost N/A
🐕 Off-Leash Yes
  • Dog park remains open despite much of the surrounding park being closed due to earthquake damage
  • Small fenced park with a dog agility course, trees, and grassy areas
  • Limited number of benches and parking spots
  • New Brighton Road side or Queensbury Street entrance offers plenty of areas to explore
  • Horseshoe Lake side has some damage but still is a pleasant walk (note that the bridge is broken)

10. Hagley Park Loop



🗺️ Address 📍 14 Riccarton Avenue, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
🕐 Open Times 24 hours
💲 Cost N/A
🐕 Off-Leash In some areas
  • Park is open 24 hours, but some parking areas close
  • Dogs can be off-leash as long as they are kept under control but must be on a lead on pathways
  • Dogs cannot enter the Botanic Garden area
  • Hagley Park covers around 165 hectares with open spaces and mature woodland
  • Plenty of benches and areas with shade

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While Christchurch may not be the most dog-friendly city in the world considering, there’s no denying that the dog parks they do have are amazing. You and your dog should be happy with the ten parks we reviewed above as they provide plenty of opportunities to do what dogs love to do at parks—run and explore.

Feature Image Credit: Stanimir G.Stoev, Shutterstock

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