Sanders Reserve is 10 minutes out of Albany, Auckland. Here there is a large off-leash area for dogs with estuary access and some days there are filled water bowls( weather dependent). There is also a play ground for children, bike trails, horse trekking trails and further on-leash areas to walk your dog. After dusk there is a great view of the city lights.
Car parks are at the top of the hill by the playground however if you want to park closer to the dog off-leash area, you can park in the turn around at the end of the road.
Make sure to bring doggie bags!