When it comes to beautiful spots to walk our furry friends, Palmerston North is spoilt for choice. Here we compile a list of some of our favourite dog-walks in the city.

Ahimate Dog Park

If you want to socialise your dog, the new dog park at Ahimate Reserve is the perfect place. A fenced-in area with agility obstacles and a couple of bench seats, this park offers a relaxed way to exercise your dog with others, while enjoying a chat with like-minded dog owners. Even better a more extensive dog agility course runs alongside it, with multiple pathways to explore and sniff. Located alongside the Manawatū River, and connected into the Manawatū River Pathway, the location means cooling off post run for your furry friend is easy.


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Ahimate Dog Park

Manawatū River Pathway and He Ara Kotahi

Looking for a good stretch of the legs while walking the dog? The Manawatū River Pathway stretches for almost 10km and is a shared use path used by cyclists, runners and walkers. Much of the path is a dog off-leash area and now you can complete a loop by exploring the new He Ara Kotahi bridge and pathway, and back over the Fitzherbert Bridge (just over 3km). Or, for a longer venture you can carry on from all the way to Linton and back (14km return)!








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The new He Ara Kotahi Bridge is attracting plenty of dog walkers

Summerhill Reserves

Heading across the Fitzherbert Bridge and up to the left to Summerhill Drive takes you to a wide array of reserves and walks throughout the area. Pathways link the reserves together making this a dogwalker’s dream, and most of the reserves are off-leash throughout, so offer plenty of sniffing opportunities for our canine friends. Being one of the hillier parts of the city, the tracks and trails are a great way to get a workout.


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Steps of Tane, Summerhill 

Linklater Reserve

This is a popular park for dog walkers and has lots to keep the kids busy, with a new dual flying fox, a bike pump track and a swing bridge. With picnic tables and toilets, you can really make a day of it. The short boardwalk through the wetland area is lovely and, being under the flight path for the airport, it’s a great place for a bit of plane spotting!








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Linklater Reserve is a great place for walking the dogs and entertaining the kids

Edwards Pit Park

A favourite dog walking spot of mine is Edwards Pit Park. It’s a beautifully revegetated quarry pit, with limestone paths through a wetland area complete with a pond. Linking up with Skoglund Park via a wide set of steps, it’s great for getting in a bit of exercise yourself.  From the top of the steps you get a fantastic view out over the park and beyond.


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Edwards Pit Park

Sledge Track

If you’re looking for a walk that is a bit more challenging and adventurous, drive 25 minutes out of the city, behind Massey University and up the Kahuterawa Valley. The Sledge Track follows the Kahuterawa Stream and provides an ideal 2-3 hour return walk through beautiful native bush. If you get a bit hot, there are great swimming holes along the way. For those who want to make a full day of it you can now cross the stream via a sturdy swing bridge and climb up to the Arapuke Mountain Bike Park, following shared trails back down to the carpark, an excellent four-hour loop. Keep your dog on a leash for these walks.

Taking the dogs bush on the Sledge Track

So get out there and explore with your best friend, there’s something for everyone and every dog in Palmerston North!

Fancy a spot of brunch after your walk? Check out our guide ‘Palmerston North’s four legged cafes’.

Words by Manawatū local

Nina Mercer

Photo credit

Palmerston North City Council

Fancy a spot of brunch after your walk?

 Check out our guide: ‘Palmerston North’s four legged cafes’