Auckland preview

New Zealand

With all the outdoor space, parks, walking trails and great weather (most of the time), Auckland is a great city for pets. Many Aucklanders own cats and dogs and proudly take them everywhere – walking along the waterfront in the Eastern Suburbs, swimming in the ocean on the North Shore. In fact, the suburb of Ponsonby is so popular with dog owners, many cafes actually have water bowls on hand for their four-legged patrons. Dog owners are expected to clean up after their pets and usually walk with a plastic bag tied to the dog’s leash.

Dogs in Auckland need to be microchipped so that they can be tracked by the SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cr…