About Taupo Pet Lodge


Hi everyone Richard & Bonnie Childs here, the new owners of Taupo Pet Lodge October 2018

We emigrated from the UK in 2004 with the dream of owning a boarding kennel & cattery.

We lived in Gisborne for the best part of 14 years running our business Cherrywood Joinery Ltd which we have just sold to pursue our dream here in Taupo.

We absolutely love animals and have brought our 3 dogs and 3 goats with us to Taupo. We have looked after and owned many animals over the years and were volunteers at Perry Barr retired greyhound trust in the UK owning 3 rescue greyhounds who we brought over with us to NZ.

Bonnie has also worked at Gisborne SPCA and have both been very active with animal rescue and re homing organizations in the UK & NZ.

Rest assured we will continue to give your companions the very best of care with lots of exercise, social interaction, playtime and most importantly lots of love and hugs. We will go above and beyond to make sure your pets have the best time ever whilst staying in our care.

We will also be active on face book posting lots of updates with pictures and videos so you can check in and see what a great time we will all be having.

Just a sneak preview of things to come…. We will be adding a few additions around Taupo Pet Lodge, Steve & Sharon have done an amazing job, this being one of the reasons we knew Taupo Pet Lodge was the place for us, we want to take Taupo Pet Lodge to the next level by adding heating to the kennels and winter proofing the outdoor area of the cattery. There will be lots more things on the agenda and up dates will be posted on the website & face book.

Bonnie and myself are really easy going, we love all things regarding animals and nature Bonnie loves to be in the garden planting and pruning, she also loves to up cycle and Shabby Chic old furniture. We both love DIY and renovating houses, I myself like restoring old cars pottering about in the shed and dabbling in a spot of home brewing.

Besides looking after animals Bonnie has worked over 25 years caring for the elderly, adults with Mental Health illness and Children with mental and physical disabilities, we also fostered children of all ages with high complex needs for Child Youth & Family in Gisborne.

Bonnie and I are really looking forward to continuing and building on the relationship you already have with Taupo Pet Lodge, new clients will receive a warm welcome too!

Last but not least we would like to wish Steve, Sharon & Lexie all the very best on their ventures new.

We will look forward to meeting you all soon

Kindest regards

Richard & Bonnie Childs

Contact Us


If you would like to make a booking please use our Book Now page or call 07 377 2066

Our Office


Address: 1000 State Highway 1, Oruanui, Taupo

Phone: (07) 377 2066 (during opening hours)

Email: enquiries@taupopetlodge.co.nz

Open Daily - By Appointment:


8am - 10am & 4pm - 6pm