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Pukemokemoke Bush Reserve, Tauhei/Whitikahu

Approximately 30 minutes out of Hamilton, this reserve is one of the few proper bush walks which allows dogs in the Waikato. I grew up on a farm just around the corner, and used to visit this reserve back when I was a student at Tauhei School. It was really neat to come back and…

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Sunset Beach, Port Waikato

Only 90 minutes from Hamilton or 1 hour from Auckland, Port Waikato is an awesome little town, right on the coast where the Waikato River meets the Tasman Sea. It’s a good size beach with no fuss, and plenty of space for dogs to play. I took five dogs out there for an adventure this…

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Pukete Farm Park, Hamilton

This park is a really special place for me. When I was in my early teens, my whole family were keen mountain bikers and raced at Pukete every week through the summer. This park is one of Hamilton’s absolute gems, and the club who maintain the track are a great bunch of people. I met…

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Resthills Park, Glenview, Hamilton

Located in Glenview, in South-West Hamilton, Resthills Park is a gorgeous spot with plenty of space for dogs to run free! Generally very quiet, the majority of the area allows dogs off lead (under control as always) and features plenty of beautiful trees for shade and room for as many games of “fetch!” as you…

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Maramarua Forest, North Waikato

NOTE – THIS WALK IS BY PERMIT ONLY. Before entering the forest, you must contact the Rayonier, Matariki Forest Bay of Plenty office to request permission to access. They’re really helpful people and make it a quick and stress free process. There are regular events in the forest that the company alerts permit holders about,…

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