Small Dog Paradise in Wakefield, Nelson

Canine Retreat is a boutique family run boarding kennel exclusively for small dogs.  We are based just outside the beautiful village of Wakefield (south bound) with its vast array of cafes, village store and numerous excellent local amenities. 

We are able to accommodate families of dogs as well as single members and our family philosophy is to provide opportunities for plenty of exercise and cuddles for our canine guests to enjoy. Your dog will have 8 hours (and more in summer) of play time, time to socialise, chill-out and snuggle up with other dogs and humans.

We welcome dogs of all ages and will happily take care of guests with medical issues or physical difficulties.

For more information please email us or call direct.

Your owners and hosts,

Sarah and Terence Wilkin
Canine Retreat NZ

(Have a look at our photos and our facebook page to get an idea of life at Canine Retreat!)

Canine Retreat - All the fun of the outdoors with those home from home creature comforts!

Canine Retreat - All the fun of the outdoors with those home from home creature comforts!

It is important to us at Canine Retreat that the dogs are outside as much as possible.  There are no set hours when they are out, there are only set hours when they are in. 

We take a break of 3 hours around midday, so all the dogs can rest.  In winter this will mean the dogs are out for 8 hours a day, in summer often about 9 hours.  During their day the dogs can play, chase, socialise, cuddle and relax with each other. Dogs that need more rest, can retire to their room whenever they want. At Canine Retreat we like to keep an eye on everyone.

The kennels are kept at comfortable temperatures throughout the year, through heating and air conditioining.

We like to play happy and relaxing music (Terry is a massive fan of Dire Straits and Pink Floyd) throughout the day and a large dog height TV is available for watching movies when the mood takes.  Your dog will enjoy all the comfort and care they do at home and with the fun and stimulation of socialising with compatible dogs their own size.

Weather doesn't stop the fun outside with large exercise areas with plenty of shade for hot afternoons and huge waterproof sails for wet days.





Arrival & Collection

Monday - Friday 

8am-10am & 4pm-6pm

Saturday 8am-10am 

Sunday 4pm-6pm 

Please note we are closed

on Saturday afternoons and Sunday mornings.