Dorrie Leslie Park

Quick Info

  • A strip of grass and stony beach beside Queen’s Drive on the South Coast.
  • Beside a reasonably busy road.
  • Parking on the road nearby and in an off-road parking area.
  • View of the airport.

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

  • This park runs right beside the footpath. The grassy area slopes quite steeply down to the sea though. Access also from the carpark and boatramp area.


  • Rubbish bin: yes. There are several bins along the length of this park.
  • Toilets: no. The nearest toilets would be in Princess Bay or Lyall Bay.
  • Seats: yes. There are a several seats in the park and seats with picnic tables by the carpark (on-leash).
  • There is parking for a dozen or more cars in the off-road carpark. There’s also plenty of room along the road.
  • Lighting at night: streetlights on Queen’s Drive.


Dorrie Leslie Park off-leash area is an approximately 400 metre long grassy strip between Queen’s Drive and the sea on the South Coast. It starts at the bottom of Hungerford Road where there’s an off-road carpark and a boatramp.

There is also a Moai from Rapa Nui on the grass by the parking area.

The off-leash area then runs towards Lyall Bay until the houses start at around #281A. It varies from around 10 metres to 40 metres wide. The beach is typical for the South Coast, with rocks and shingle.

The grass slopes down directly from the footpath beside the road.

Dorrie Leslie off-leash area.

Dorrie Leslie off-leash area.

There is no fence of any kind to hinder dogs from running onto a road where cars, trucks and cyclists travel at a fair speed.

This could be a handy off-leash area for locals whose dogs like to play in the sea and are guaranteed not to run off onto the road.

This is area #44 on the City Council map: Dorrie Leslie Park (75Kb PDF).

Queens Drive, Lyall Bay — open space along coast north from Arthurs Nose to residential area.


  • A grassy slope.
  • 400 metre strip of grass next to the sea.
  • Narrow stony beach.


  • Pohutukawa trees.
  • View of the airport.
  • By the sea.
  • South Coast.
  • There’s an on-leash picnic area beside the carpark near the Moai.


  • Right beside a busy road.


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

Road access

See page 2 of this post for a photo album.

Location (see the map)

  • Latitude: -41.336897
  • Longitude 174.792652


See Dorrie Leslie Park dog exercise area on Google Maps.