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Waikato River Walks, Horotiu

There is a great network of trails running alongside the Waikato River. Recently my favourite has been the Horotiu section. On the Horotiu side of the Horotiu bridge, there is a small carpark with access to the river trails. From here you can go left and end up at a small open grass area, or…

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Ruapuke Beach, West of Hamilton

One of my all time favourite places to visit is Ruapuke Beach. Located about an hour from Hamilton and 30 minutes from Raglan, this quiet beach is nestled between farm land and is one of the Waikato’s best kept secrets. I first discovered this beach while out on a horse trek with Wild Coast Ruapuke…

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Taitua Arboretum, Hamilton

Taitua Arboretum is one of the most stunning places in the Waikato. Near Whatawhata, not far out of Hamilton, it is 20 acres of beautiful trees, ponds and trails. It is an on-lead dog area (note – all dogs in this blog post were either on lead with leads removed in Photoshop, or we had…

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My Favourite Things for Dog Adventures

On my days off, I love getting out and exploring with the dogs. We are so lucky here in New Zealand to have so many great beaches and bush tracks to explore, and there is always a new trail somewhere! Although most of my dogs are working cattle dogs and get plenty of exercise, I…

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Horotiu Dog Park

Located right next to AFFCO on the corner of the Thermal Explorer Highway and Horotiu Rd, this dog park is right in between Ngaruawahia and Hamilton. Put together by the awesome team at the Waikato District Council, the dog park has a fun agility course, is fully fenced (farm style fencing) and has plenty of…

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