It’s not often that you come across a couple like Kaye and Ray that are committed to a lifestyle choice of looking after everyone’s prized pets. Cilla and Sara are part of our family and we only ever entrust them to people that care. Kaye and Ray are dedicated to their business Karapiro Pet Lodge and have a passion for what they do. Congratulations to them on their successful business and thanks from Cilla and Sara and our Family to. Well done

Regards Tim and Sharyn

Our chocolate Labrador Hannah is always excited when going to Karapiro Pet Lodge for “holidays”, and she always has a good experience with Kaye and Ray who we feel genuinely care for animals and people.

Katharine and David

For the past 15 years we have boarded our dogs and cats at Karapiro Pet Lodge and have found this to certainly be Our One Stop Pet Stop.’ 

Ray and Kaye have accommodated our every need where our pets are concerned. We have found them to be approachable and always willing to have a chat on our arrival. The minute we turn into The Pet Lodge, our dogs are keen to see ‘their mates’ Ray and Kaye. We can’t speak more highly and would not hesitate in recommending Karapiro Pet Lodge to anyone we speak to. To us it is ‘the best kennels in the Waikato.’ Thank you Ray and Kaye for making our animals stay comfortable, safe and meeting all our needs, on occasion, at very short! Thanks a million. 

Lyn & Eric Barraclough

Our chocolate Labrador ‘Ted’ has been going to Karapiro Pet Lodge since 2016. He is always excited to go there and whenever we drop him off he jumps straight out of the car and doesn’t look back! That gives us peace of mind whenever we go away, as we know that Ted is happy and well cared for by Kaye and Ray.

Dean, Michelle & Ted 

Karapiro Pet Lodge are amazing. Our dog Bruce is always happy on arrival and pick-up. They provide an excellent, affordable service and are able to accommodate his special dietary and physical care needs. 

Abby Jensen 

We left our pets, two cats and a dog with Kaye at Karapiro Pet Lodge when we returned to the UK in September. They were not due to fly until mid February so we needed to know they would be in good hands. After looking at numerous local, and not so local options (Auckland & Palmerston North) we decided that the facilities at Karapiro Pet Lodge where by far the best with a large outside run for the dog & an inside kennel for night time along with an area to socialise with other dogs. The cattery was by far the largest and cleanest we had seen and all the cats seemed contented. As for Kaye herself we could not have asked for a better person to look after our pets. We had regular updates including photos and all our questions were answered promptly. 

She also arranged to ship the pets back to the UK for us and coordinated this so well that all I needed to do was pay the company that exported them to the UK for us. She even went the extra mile and washed our dog before it left so as to make it more comfortable and ensure it arrived in the UK in top condition.

All in all I cannot recommend Kaye and Karapiro Pet Lodge highly enough and can find no fault in the service we received from them from start to finish. 

I only hope we can find somewhere as good or nearly as good here in the UK if we ever need to leave our pets again.

Once again, thanks Kaye


Just a quick email to say how happy we were with your kennels and the care our dogs received
while they were there. It the best kennel they have being to and I will
tell everyone I know about the great service you provided. I think they must have done heaps of
barking and running, because they were very tied last night. HAHAHA. Once again thanks for the great service.

Louise, Bell and Wilson

Thanks again SO much for looking after Ricco for us over the busy Christmas & new year break, we really do appreciate it and we are very happy in the fact that Ricco is staying somewhere so nice and clean with such lovely loving caring people!!! :0)

Regards Ian and Melissa

Thanks a lot for take care Bobo when we were away. Bobo is happy to come home, just like children back home from camp after had a great time. 

Your support is so good and important to us. I just feel cannot say thank you enough.

Irene Wan

Dear Ray & Kaye

Re: Outstanding Kennel Care of our Family Members – Belle and Mack. The purpose of this letter is to throw you both a huge ‘bouquet’ in recognition of the outstanding work you are both doing the roles you have in this busy establishment.

As you know, we moved to the Waikato a year ago and in the past had been able to secure ‘house sitters’ when needed. Circumstances were such that our hand was forced to kennel our dogs and so on the recommendation of Cambridge Vet Clinic we have supported your Kennel ever since.

As on previous occasions, it was a joy to collect them today (after having been away for 10 days), and to see them so fit, lively and happy makes us feel less guilty about having to leave them behind when we have to. 

It’s evident to us that they relate/respond well to you both and your positive feedback on how well behaved they are, is appreciated. We feel you are on the same wave length as us in terms of their needs and we are reassured that all is well when you tell us little tit bits about their days with you.

The fact that you treat them as they were your own is the icing on the cake. We recognize the high standards you have and it’s a joy to see you ‘walk the talk’. We don’t have children and so Belle & Mac are special to us. We trust you both implicitly with them and that in itself is a value we uphold dearly.

The hours you have in place for morning and afternoon drop-offs and pick ups provides us with the boundaries in which we can work with you. We respect the hours you have set, as you need down time to do all those ‘doggy things’ during the day.

Plus the dogs also get some downtime from constant interruptions as well. In fact, the hours set have helped us organize and plan ourselves a bit better when we go away, so well done.

In summary, thank you both for being who you are. It’s such a relief to know that we have you in the Waikato. You have our continued support and we are sure the same can be said for others with similar standards and expectations. 

You are welcome to use this letter as our endorsement to any prospective clients or similar.
We will recommend your establishment to any one looking for Top Class accommodation and service.

Kind Regards Ross & Ann 

We have been loyal customers of Karapiro Pet Lodge for 8 years and are delighted to recommend Kaye and Ray. You simply could not find a better kennel or better people to take care of your pets. Our black lab Winston is a large, energetic dog and he thinks the kennels is his second home. He loves the large runs and enjoys socialising with his “friends”. He always gets very excited when we deliver him to the kennels and we have the peace of mind that he is being well cared for while we are away. We have no hesitation in recommending Karapiro Pet Lodge.

Catherine and Ashley Waugh

My husband and I travel a lot, so when we got our first dog, we really researched into available kennels in the Waikato, and we were very happy to have found Karapiro Pet Lodge.

We have been taking our boy to Pet Lodge for the last two years and we have found them to be very professional. 

The drop offs and pick ups are always done so calmly and smoothly, that there’s never been any stress for us leaving our boy there. And as an added bonus, he is always very well behaved when he returns home!!

All in all, we highly recommend Karapiro Pet Lodge.

Jennifer, Rohan Fernando and Heisenberg