Grasslees Reserve

Quick Info

  • Roughly flat area of grass between the stream and Main Road in Tawa.
  • Amongst trees.
  • Near a playground.
  • Parking on the Main Road. No safe parking: high traffic levels and has a cycle lane!
  • Pedestrian access via Oxford Street and the Main Road.

This review is based on material contributed by Penny Krieg of Loose Leash Dog Walking. Thanks, Penny.

Table of Contents

  1. Quick Info
  2. Access
  3. Facilities
  4. Description
  5. Terrain
  6. Delights
  7. Dangers
  8. Cautions
  9. Road access
  10. Location
  11. Map
  12. Photo album

Access for wheelchairs, and pushchairs

  • South entrances only as there are stairs at the North entrance.


  • Dog drinking water: no
  • Poop bags: no
  • Dog water play: No. There is on-lead access via a concrete ramp down to the stream by Memorial Rose Garden, southwest.
  • Rubbish Bins: no (in nearby Memorial Rose Garden, by Southwest entrance)
  • Toilets: no (in children’s playground across pedestrian bridge)
  • Seats: no (nearby in on-leash areas — Rose garden and a planted area)
  • Lighting: no (street lights only on Main Road)
  • Cafe: yes # 204 & 207 Main Road Tawa (to the south) — a 10 minute walk.


Grasslees Reserve is a pleasant well kept grass area alongside a narrow meandering path, to the East. It’s a roughly teardrop shaped area. The Porirua Stream is down a 3 metre drop east of the path.

Grasslees Dog Park uses around a quarter of the Grasslees Reserve, the rest contains a Memorial Rose Garden, and across the bridge, the children’s play area, along with a skating rink (concrete) and toilet block.

Nearby is plenty of parking on Luckie and Davies Streets to the North and Oxford Street to the South.

Nearby attractions: Tawa Pool, recently reopened and Tawa skate park ramp, complete with colourful new mural featuring dogs and worth a look!

Grasslees Reserve - view to the North.

Grasslees Reserve – view to the North.

This is area #3 on the City Council map: Grasslees Reserve (78Kb PDF).

Main Road, Tawa — western side of stream to Main Road.


  • Flattish, contoured slope up to the Main Road
  • Grassy
  • Compact, small
  • Clean
  • Well kept


  • Trees
  • Grass well tended
  • Clean
  • History nearby — Elsdon Best Memorial, Grasslees Farm Info Board, at the Brian Webb Memorial Rose Garden


  • Not fenced off from Tawa’s main road! Heavy traffic route through to Porirua!
  • If dogs leave the Off Leash Exercise Area to seek water etc… beware of the 3 metre drop to the stream below (this too is unfenced).


  • Possum and rat poison are widely used in the whole region and may be present.
  • Children playing across stream may be attractive to your dog.

Road access

Tawa Main Road north and south entrances for pedestrians, Oxford Street southwest, (park and walk) Luckie and Davies Streets via pedestrian bridge near Tawa Pool.

Nearby On Leash Walks

Tawa Shared Path Cycle and Walkway (North to Linden Park and South to Redwood Railway Station). Note: This pathway is to be extended to Willowbank Reserve, which has an off-leash area, then through to Kenepuru Railway Station by late 2013.

See page 2 of this post for a photo album.

Location (see the map)

  • Latitude: -41.164166
  • Longitude: 174.827800


See Grasslees Reserve dog exercise area on Google Maps.