Dogs are a valued part of family life in Arrowtown, a common sight in parks and on local streets and tracks. But there are some rules and responsibilities around dogs.


Dog regulations

Here are some of the rules that affect Arrowtown dog owners:

  • Doggy droppings must be immediately removed from public or private land. Owners must always carry plastic bags to clean up after their dogs.
  • When your dog is on your property it must be under control or confined at all times.You must ensure your dog does not roam.
  • Dog owners must understand where their dog is required to be on a leash (or is prohibited)
  • All dogs over three months of age must be registered  You can complete a new registration online (you will be sent an invoice).
  • If you and your dog change address you are required to notify QLDC within 14 days.
  • All newly registered dogs must be microchipped.
  • You will need a licence to keep more than two dogs on one property.

Penalties for breaching the regulations start at $100 and go up from there.


Where can I walk my dog?

There’s lots of great dog-walking territory around Arrowtown. QLDC has an interactive map that indicates where they can and can’t go, and where they need to be on a leash.

  • Dogs must be on a leash in the built-up areas of Arrowtown, including all playgrounds and the cemetery. They may, however, be taken off leash in QLDC parks, including the sports fields at Jack Reid Park and Millbrook Corner.
  • Dogs are supposed to be on a leash on Tobins Track as it is a legal road.
  • In areas where dogs are permitted to be off leash, the owner must at all times have the dog under voice control, and must carry a leash.
  • Unleashed dogs under voice control are welcome in the Mahu Whenua covenant area in the hills behind Arrowtown.
  • Dogs are not permitted in the Buckingham St shopping strip or in the school grounds.


Dog obedience

If you need help training or socialising your dog, there are a number of dog obedience trainers  in the Wakatipu basin.

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