Reef Street

Quick Info

  • A roughly triangular grassy area in Island Bay across the road from the beach.
  • Flat.
  • Fenced along one side, but open to the road on 2 sides.
  • Plenty of parking along the road.

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

  • Access across the grass.


  • Rubbish bin: yes.
  • Toilets: yes. There are toilets across the road at Shorland Park.
  • Seats: yes.
  • Lighting at night: nearby streetlights may light the area.
  • Near Island Bay beach, Shorland Park playground and local shops.


Reef Street off-leash area is a triangle of grass on flat land on the corner of a couple of streets.

180 degree view of Reef Street off-leash area in Island Bay.

180 degree panoramic view of Reef Street off-leash area in Island Bay. Click for a larger view.

The area is about 50 metres long and between around 20 and 50 metres wide (measured via Google Maps). It’s right across the road from Island Bay beach which allows restricted on-leash access. Check the review (not yet written) of the beach off-leash area. Essentially, dogs may be on the beach on-leash except during the main part of the day in summer.

There is a fence along one or two sides separating the park from neighbouring houses, but there is open access to the road. Dogs could easily run out of the area and onto the road.

This is area #46 on the City Council map: Reef Street (77Kb PDF).

Reef Street / The Esplanade, Island Bay – corner opposite Shorland Park


  • Flat
  • Grassy
  • Medium size
  • Water: no
  • Not far from a road.


  • Views across Island Bay.
  • Grass.


  • Not far from roads.


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

Road access

This area is right beside Reef Street and The Esplanade and there’s plenty of on-road parking.

See page 2 of this post for a photo album.

Location (see the map)

  • Latitude: -41.343031
  • Longitude: 174.772611


See Reef Street dog exercise area on Google Maps.