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Welcome to Kowai Kennels & Cattery in Leithfield, Amberley

A warm friendly welcome awaits at the Kennels and Cattery set on 3 acres in beautiful Leithfield - only 30 minutes north of Christchurch.

There is plenty of space and grass to stretch those legs, have fun, chase a ball or just nosey around. The relationship with your pets is based on trust & plenty of play & cuddles.

Kowai offers long and short term boarding at Leithfield for individual pets or family groups. The kennels and cattery cater for all ages, large or small, and for those with special needs due to age, dietary requirements or medical conditions. 

Handy Country Location : Heading north for a holiday in Nelson or a weekend in Kaikoura or Hanmer Springs? Drop your pet off on the way and collect them on your way home. Conveniently located 30 minutes north of Christchurch. 

Owner Angela Redmond-Gurnsey has an extensive background in healthcare, with pharmacy, homeopathic and naturopathic training. A sheep farmer's daughter from the King Country, Angela is no stranger to animal welfare.
Kowai Owner Angela

Socialization Where Possible
We socialize our dogs according to size and suitability, where possible, so that your pet has more fun and a more enjoyable stay.
Plenty of Human Interaction
When your pets stay with us, they get loads of human interaction. So that they feel loved and taken care of - just like they do at home.
Four hours of playtime daily
When you are on holiday, your dogs deserve a holiday too. During their stay, they will get four hours outside in the paddocks a day to run around and have fun.

  What Customers Have Say About Kowai

"We recently returned from a 5 month holiday in Europe and placed our two small dogs and our cat for the duration at Kowai.  To say we were happy with Angela's care of our "family" would be an understatement - she has been truly fantastic.  She communicated with us by email, sent us photos and kept them happy, exercised and comfortable.  Should we make any further trips away we would not hesitate to give our pets another holiday at Kowai.  
Top marks!!!."
- Paul & Pamela Lagan, Cheviot (TradeMe Review)
""Angela and Kowai are the best kennels anywhere.  We have always had a fabulous experience with leaving our furbaby for extended periods with Angela.  She goes the extra mile and its obvious that she lives what she does.  Its a hard job at times but she is always super cheerful and obliging.  I will always appreciate the photo she sent me of Maddie when we were overseas and especially the surprise shampoo and grooming to greet us after 2 months away.  Angela and staff you rock x"
- Dee Owers, Christchurch (Facebook Review)
"Awesome kennel.  We've used this place for our two Labradors a couple of times now; the last time was for a two week stay.  We even got a text from our older dog half way through our holiday to tell us what the two dogs were up to and how they were.  When we picked the dogs up they were exhausted, from so much playing etc and they slept for days!  Great to have such a good, high quality, well run facility in the area.  Ange really cares for the dogs.  Highly recommend."
-  Chris Davey, Amberley (Google Review)
 
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