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About Canine Retreat

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.

Meet the hosts


Sarah and Terry

Hello everyone and welcome to the Canine Retreat NZ web site.

As the owners of Canine Retreat we would like to take this opportunity to introduce ourselves and tell you about us as a family and our journey to being the proud new owners of this very special and unique business.

Our family is made up of myself Sarah, husband Terence, Mitch son and Molly daughter. In addition, our fur children are 4 totally gorgeous English Springer Spaniels, Austin (14), Ellie (9), Ollie and Max are half-brothers and are 2. In the paddocks I have 3 equines….Rainmaker Warrior, his mum Romany and Hercules Morse our little black Shetland. You can probably tell by this we are animal lovers and these darling family members all are very much part of who we are and our gorgeous family.

Terence and I have been married for 26 years and a mixture of Irish, English and Welsh blood. I am a farmer’s daughter and Terry is the son of 2 doctors. We are both teachers by profession and have taught in England and New Zealand. Terence is an ex lifeboatman and retired teacher and I re-trained 6 years ago to become a Specialist Teacher in Learning and Behaviour and work with the schools within our region to support our tamariki and their families all over the top of the South Island. In his spare time Terry enjoys getting out on his motorbike and I am a runner, walker and mad keen horse enthusiast.

We have lived in the village of Wakefield for the past 14 years and it is very much our family home.

When the opportunity to be the new owners of Canine Retreat became available for both Terence and I, our children and the animals, it was a dream come true.

We are delighted to be here for you and your precious family members. Terence will be the front man during the week, supported by Molly our daughter. Our fabulous kennel supervisors, Tania and Paul will be in charge at weekends and during the school holidays, I will be taking a break from my job to help out.

Please feel free to make an appointment to view our wonderful facilities. We are very proud of our home and the home from home we can offer your fur children.

I looking forward to meeting you all over the coming weeks…

Sarah Wilkin

Canine Retreat NZ

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We now offer daycare for your dogs!