Dog Exercise Areas

Did you know there are areas in the Matamata-Piako District where your dog can exercise without a leash on? Check out the maps below to learn more about where you can and can't exercise your dog.

(Please note, these maps are designed as A3 to clearly show areas and labels, they may not print well on home printers)

Or, check out these areas next time you take your dog for a walk:

Areas your dog can exercise without a leash


  • Furness Reserve
  • Centennial Drive - from Tainui Street to Broadway
  • Tom Grant Drive - from Rawhiti Ave to Tawari Street
  • Founders Park


  • Murray Oaks Reserve – State Highway 26
  • Morrinsville Recreation Ground Polo Field area (only when there is no horse or sport activity)
  • Holmwood Park (lower portion near the Piako River)

Te Aroha

  • The area adjacent to the Waihou River known as the Te Aroha boat ramp
  • Spur Street Esplanade Reserve

Areas where you can exercise your dog on a leash

You can exercise your dog on a leash in the following areas:

  • The urban area, not including areas mentioned in the out of bounds section above
  • 6pm to 8am in Morrinsville, Te aroha and Matamata central business districts
  • Te Miro Forest (Waterworks Road Reserve)
  • The Matamata, Maukoro, Old Morrinsville, Piako Lawn, Waharoa and Te Aroha Cemeteries
  • Waharoa (Matamata) Aerodrome
  • Te Aroha Domain and associated track network
  • All parks except those mentioned in the out of bounds section 
  • All walking and cycling tracks managed by Council, except those mentioned in the out of bounds section.

Areas that are out of bounds for your dog

The are some areas of the district where you can’t take your dog. These include:

  • Within 15m of any children’s playground or play equipment
  • The central business districts of Morrinsville, Te Aroha and Matamata between 8am and 6pm
  • Firth Tower Museum and Reserve (Matamata) excluding the carpark and camping area
  • Kowhai Street Reserve
  • Thomas Park
  • Parts of the Hauraki Rail Trail from Farmer Street, Te Aroha, to the district boundary
  • Kennedy Reserve

View the Dog Control Bylaw for more information on dog-related rules.
Find out more about what you can do in our parks.