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Our district is at the Orange setting of the new traffic light system (COVID-19 Protection Framework). Council offices and facilities are open. Please wear face coverings when visiting our facilities.

Dog Exercise Areas

Did you know there are areas in the Matamata-Piako District where your dog can exercise without a leash on (dogs still need to be under verbal control)? Check out the maps below.

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

Areas your dog can exercise without a leash


  • Centennial Drive from Tainui Street to Broadway
  • Tom Grant Drive from Rawhiti Avenue to Tawari Street
  • Furness Reserve
  • Founders Park
  • Peria Road Reserve (portion excluding memorial plantings and pathway)


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

Te Aroha

  • Spur Street Esplanade (portion near the Waihou River under the footbridge)
  • Reserve on Spur Street (portion opposite the netball club and BMX track)


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