Dog lovers to walk Te Puna Quarry Park

Council’s official Spokes-dog Alfie is excited to meet his mates at the Te Puna Quarry Park this weekend.

Grab your dogs and their leads – it’s time for the first walk in the annual Western Bay Wander Dogs Summer Series event line up.

The first walk is a leisurely stroll around Te Puna Quarry Park, shared with like minded dog lovers. It’s scheduled to take place at 10am on Saturday, November 6, with walkers meeting in the Quarry car park.

Western Bay of Plenty District Council’s Animal Services team will be dishing out doggy-bags filled with an assortment of treats and tips. Official Council Spokes-dog Alfie will also be there, and available to give pawtographs to his adoring fans.

Council’s compliance and monitoring manager Alison Curtis says this is a great opportunity for the community of dogs and dog-owners to get together and talk all things canine.

“We look forward to seeing some familiar, and not so familiar faces to get this summer series underway.”

For dog owners whose furry friends who are a bit shy of walking with the pack, our experienced Animal Control Officers can help, ensuring you can join the fun.

“Our wander dog walks can be a great learning experience as the team can provide practical tips for dogs pulling on leads, improving dogs’ social manners and answering general concerns like barking, jumping up and aggression.

“All you need is a dog and a lead, our team will take care of the rest.”

This is the seventh year of the annual Wander Dogs Summer Series, featuring scenic walks around the District and a line up of special events. For a full list of the walks on offer visit

Note that everyone attending must follow the appropriate Alert Level health and safety protocols. This includes scanning in using the NZ COVID Tracer app or manually signing in, using the hand sanitiser provided, wearing a face covering, and maintaining a physical distance of two metres. The events will not go ahead if there is a change in Alert Levels to Alert Level 3 or higher.

Council will post any cancellation information on its Facebook event. Stay up to date by registering at

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