Join an SPCA Great NZ Paws Walk


Great Paws Walks will be held on November 9 around the country. Bring your furry friend and don’t forget their special bandana!

Auckland:

Time: 9.30am - 11.30am
Location: Hobsonville Point Walkway. Walk starts in the grass area on the corner of De Havilland Road and Hobsonville Point Road.
Length of Walk: 4km
Wheelchair/Pram friendly: Yes
Parking is available at Hobsonville Point Primary School and surrounding streets.

Christchurch:

Time: 1.00pm - 4.00pm
Location: Halswell Quarry - Kennedy’s Bush Road, Halswell, Christchurch.
Length of Walk: 3.5km
Wheelchair/Pram friendly: No
Parking is available at Halswell Quarry Car Park and surrounding streets.

Gisborne:

Time: 1.00pm - 4.00pm
Location: SPCA Gisborne Centre - 14 Nursery Road along Riverpoint Road to Matawhero Wines and return.
Length of Walk: 4km
Wheelchair/Pram friendly: Yes
Parking is available on at 12 & 14 Nursery Road (parking will be signposted).

Hamilton:

Time: 9.30am
Location: Hamilton Gardens, Gate 2 off Cobham Drive (SH1).
Length of Walk: 2-3km
Wheelchair/Pram friendly: Partially
Parking is available at the Gate 2 Top carpark

Napier:

Time: 10.30am
Location: Start at the Aquarium on Marine Parade
Length of Walk: 4.4km
Wheelchair/Pram friendly: Yes
Parking: On street council parking available

Nelson:

Time: 9.30am - 11am
Location: Botanic Sports field, (Centre Of NZ Park) Corner of Milton and Hardy Street.
Length of Walk: 4.5km
Wheelchair/Pram friendly: Not wheelchair friendly
Parking is available around the park and on Avon Terrace

Renwick:

Time: 10.00am - 1.00pm
Location: SPCA’s Renwick Centre, 31 Foxs Island Road.
Length of Walk: 3km
Wheelchair/Pram friendly: Yes
Parking is available at SPCA Centre carpark, 31 Foxs Island Road.

Tauranga:

Time: 10.30am - 2.30pm
Location: SPCA’s Tauranga Centre, 43 Alach Street, Greerton, Tauranga.
Length of Walk: 3.2km
Wheelchair/Pram friendly: No
Street Parking is available on Alach Street.

Whakatane:

Time: Walk starts at 10.00am. BBQ running from 8.30am - 2.00pm
Location: Bunnings in the Hub, Whakatane.
Length of Walk: 4km
Wheelchair/Pram friendly: Yes
Parking is available at "The Hub"

Whanganui:

Time: 1.30pm - 2.30pm
Location: SPCA’s Whanganui Centre, 134 London Street, Whanganui.
Length of Walk: 3km
Wheelchair/Pram friendly: No
Parking is available at SPCA centre carpark. 134 London Street.

Wellington:

Time: 10:30am - 11.30am
Location: SPCA’s Wellington Centre, 140 Alexandra Road, Newtown, Wellington.
Length of Walk: 3km
Wheelchair/Pram friendly: No
Parking is available at SPCA (bottom carpark, limited spaces) and along Alexandra Road.

Host your own Great Paws Walk


No walk in your area, or have a favourite walking track you’d like to do instead?

Host your own Great Paws Walk and encourage your community to sign up to join you!

Don’t forget to take lots of photos and tag #GreatPawsWalk so we can see the fun!

Dog walking tips


  • Don’t forget your dog walking supplies: water, a leash, treats and poop bags!
  • Be weather conscious! In hot weather, walk your dog in the morning or in the evening when the temperature is cooler.
  • Tailor walks to your dog’s fitness level. This could mean short walks around your neighbourhood or a long hike.
  • Remember – you know your dog best! If your pooch is shy, or intimidated by crowds, host your own dog walk in an environment where you know they’ll be comfortable.