Owen Street

Quick Info

  • A grassy area on the hillside opposite the Zoo.
  • Tracks go into the Town Belt.
  • 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

  • Fair access across a curb and rough ground via a track.


  • Rubbish bin: no, but there’s one across the road at the Zoo.
  • Toilets: no
  • Seats: no.
  • Lighting at night: some nearby streetlights.
  • Near the Zoo cafe.


Owen Street is an open area of grass on the hillside opposite Wellington Zoo. It’s a roughly circular area bounded by the edge of the Town Belt, Owen Street and Manchester Street.

There are a couple of large trees, with rope swings hanging from the branches.

The central area is mowed from time to time by the Council, but sometimes the grass grows quite long. There is a border of longer grass alongside the road edges. Active dogs could probably easily jump over the walls at the edges and run onto the road. Some of the mowed grass near the trees has gorse growing in it.

A local frequent visitor said the slope can be quite slippery with pine needles.

The Southerly is probably blocked by the hill, but it could be exposed to Northerlies.

Several dogs and their owners visited while we were there on a Monday morning in February 2012. It seems quite popular.

Owen Street off-leash area is opposite the Zoo.

Owen Street off-leash area is opposite the Zoo.

This is area #39 on the City Council map: (88Kb PDF).

Lower terrace on southern end of Owen Street


  • On a hillside
  • Grassy
  • Medium size
  • Water: no
  • Not far from roads, businesses and houses.


  • Views across Newtown.
  • Opposite the Zoo and its cafe.


  • Not far from roads.


  • Possum and rat poison are widely used in the whole region and may be present. Signs at the entrance warned of Broudifacoum and Pindone.

Road access

It’s right beside Manchester Street and Owen Street and there’s plenty of parking nearby, although Zoo visitors also park on the same streets. The main entrance is about 100 metres uphill from the Zoo.

See page 2 of this post for a photo album.

Location (see the map)

  • Latitude: -41.319797
  • Longitude: 174.785968


See Owen Street dog exercise area on Google Maps.