Five dog-friendly events in Auckland

by Vomle Springford / 02 February, 2018

A dog at last year's Openair Cinemas in Western Springs Park.

It’s the Year of the Dog so here’s a roundup of five upcoming dog-friendly Auckland events and activities that you and your best bud can enjoy. 

Openair Cinemas

2 Feb-4 Mar, Western Springs Park

Dogs are welcome at the Openair Cinemas which kicks off its season with The Greatest Showman on February 2. There are 18 movies on offer, including Oscar noms The Post and I, Tonya, the classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and kid-friendly movies like Paddington 2. There’s also live music, drinks and Toto’s Pizza. Dogs can even enjoy the full “VID” treatment with canine couches and delicious dog treats. American Express cardholders get special discounts.

731 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn

Dog Day Afternoon

Saturday 7 April, 1-4pm, Silo Park

A day for dogs, all afternoon at Silo Park. Part of the Silo Park summer programme, head down to this free event to test your dog on the agility course, make friends, get advice from vets and win prizes. There’ll be street food, drinks and more.

Corner of Beaumont and Jellicoe St, Wynyard Quarter

Sunday Live at The Boat House

4 Feb-11 Mar, 12pm-5pm, The Riverhead Tavern

Chill on the lawn with your dog under the shade of the trees and soak up the live music atmosphere at The Riverhead Tavern, just a short drive from the city. Every Sunday until 11 March, The Boat House at the tavern  hosts bands playing everything from soul to 60s surf-rock. Free entry.

68 Queen Street, Riverhead

Paws in Parnell Market

First Sunday of every month, 10am-1pm, Heard Park

If you like to spoil your pet, check out Auckland’s first market designed especially for dogs. Heard Park in Parnell is the place to be on the first Sunday of every month ‒ according to the organisers, Parnell has one of the highest dog-to-person ratios in Auckland. Grab a coffee for yourself and treats for the pooch, snap some pics in the Dog Photo Booth and peruse the dog-centric offerings. 

170 Parnell Rd, Parnell

The Big Dog Walk With Lots Of Dogs

28 April, 9am-noon

Possibly the most enjoyable walk of all time, The Big Dog Walk With Lots Of Dogs is not to be missed. It originally began as a joke event by comedian Alice Brine to help sell tickets to her comedy show, but after thousands expressed interest, it was turned into a real event. Head to Waiatarua Reserve this year to join in. People without dogs who just want to hang out with dogs are warmly welcomed.

Waiatarua Reserve, 98 Abbotts Way, Meadowbank

 

Also, check out the Out and About Doggy Day Out, a series of fortnightly walks in Howick - a great way to meet new people and dogs.

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