Auckland's gone to the dogs... well, if that means lots of great places for dogs to play then no statement is more true. From the all-time popular Meola Reef Reserve to the place all Auckland dog owners should take their dogs at least once in their four-legged lives - Kakamatua Inlet - to the big stretches of grass at MacLeans Park, there's so many top spots for dogs to run free. That's why we've rounded up the best dog friendly parks for dogs to stretch their legs while you get out and about in the fresh air and embrace the beautiful Auckland outdoors. If you have a favourite place the dogs in your life love, why not share your recommendation on Localist so other dog owners can discover the top spot for themselves. Paws up, Auckland!

Sanders Reserve reviewed by Angela T.

The council have invested in some great infrastructure here. And at only 30 min drive from central Auckland this is some of the best mountain biking close to the city. There is trail for kids of you want to bring the family. Otherwise there is plenty fun for the grown ups with 20kms of trail and best of all you can have a shower at the end! It's also an awesome spot for dogs because there's lots of space for them to run.

Piha Beach reviewed by Kylie B.

The dog laws might have changed but there's still plenty of great places for dogs and pampered pooches to play when off-leash when they hit the black sands of Piha. Head along to the middle of North Piha beach for the off-leash area and keep the dogs away from the rocks at either end as this is where penguins nest. My dogs love coming here on a Sunday morning and meeting and greeting the other local dogs while enjoying a bit of old-fashioned play.

Craigavon Park reviewed by AnnaABP M.

I am lucky enough to live next door the Craigavon Park and often go for wanders through the park on balmy evenings. The children can ride their bikes and the loop track brings us back to the start. There is an excellent dog agility course loved by dogs and owners alike.  Then there is the picnic area and playground. It is a great playground fully fenced so parents can relax knowing littlies cant get out. Good walking tracks here and a fitness trail. We love our park.

Auckland Botanic Gardens reviewed by Plumberzltd

These gardens are in bloom all year around. It is a great place to take a stroll with the kids and the 'Mrs' or take the dog for a walk in the 'off leash' area. At the moment they have a bunch of fantastic sculptures on display. The cafe there is a great place to have a coffee and unwind.

Takapuna Beach reviewed by Gurleen B.

A walk along Taka beach is a great way to start the day. The beach always has a lively atmosphere with many people and animals about, especially on the weekends. There’s plenty of shaded places to sit under for when it get really hot, and the ice cream shop is just a few metres away!