Kainui Reserve – Treasure Island

Quick Info

  • A small, fully fenced and secure grassy area right beside Evans Bay Parade, a very busy road.
  • Across the road from Cog Park and the coast at Evans Bay, and not far from a Little Blue Penguin colony near NIWA.
  • Plenty of parking along the road.

Extensively updated October 2012 as this is now a fully fenced area. Wellington’s first fully fenced dog park. See Wellington’s first fenced dog exercise area.

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

  • Easy access.


  • Rubbish bin: yes, at the South end.
  • Toilets: no
  • Seats: benches were installed in December 2012.
  • Lighting at night: streetlights.
  • Water bowl: yes. Someone has provided a water bowl for dogs, chained to the fence at the South end. Bring your own bottle of water to fill it.
  • Poop bags: yes. Look on the pole about half way along, on the street side.
  • Near cafes.


Kainui Reserve — Treasure Island is a small patch of grass across from Cog Park in Evans Bay. It’s right beside Evans Bay Parade, a very busy road. The area was fully fenced in 2012, with secure single gates at each end.

Kainui Reserve - Treasure Island  fully fenced off-leash area.

Kainui Reserve – Treasure Island fully fenced off-leash area.

This is area #33 on the City Council map: Lower portion of Treasure Island / Kainui Reserve (land opposite Cog Park) (77Kb PDF).


  • An almost flat off-leash area
  • Grassy
  • Small
  • Water: no
  • Right beside roads, businesses and houses.


  • Secure: this area was fully fenced in late 2012.
  • Beside the harbour.
  • Several cafes within a minute’s walk.
  • Rubbish bin.
  • Free poop bags on the pole near the road and half away along.
  • Once the new trees grow a bit they’ll provide good shade.


  • None, now it’s fully enclosed with a fence.


  • Possum and rat poison are widely used in the whole region and may be present.

Road access

It’s right beside Evans Bay Parade and there is plenty of parking.

Nearby on-leash walk

An additional enjoyable walk is to put the dog back on the lead and stroll around Cog Park then along to the section of coast behind the waterfront restaurant / cafe and along to behind NIWA and back again.

There is a Little Blue Penguin colony in that section and people go fishing there, leaving hooks, lines and bait lying around. Be sure to keep your dog on-leash and watch it carefully.

See page 2 of this post for a photo album.

Location (see the map)

  • Latitude: -41.304169
  • Longitude: 174.801257


See Kainui Reserve dog exercise area on Google Maps.