5 Pet-friendly Destinations in New Zealand (To Head To Now!)

Whether you’re visiting from overseas or just looking for a weekend getaway, New Zealand has many amazing pet-friendly destinations to discover.

Here are a few of our favourites:

Botanic Gardens – Wellington

The Wellington Botanic Gardens are spread across 25 hectares of protected forest and colorful floral displays. The Botanic Gardens might just be the ultimate pet-friendly destination, with plenty of room to run and play, it’s virtually any dogs dream! Dogs are allowed into the Botanic Gardens all year round, as long as they are on a lead.

A quick car journey through the city’s centre will bring you to Beach Babylon, a café that caters to pups of all shapes and sizes. Order your furry-friend a pupsicle or dogachino after a long day of running around the gardens.

Meola Reef – Auckland

If you’re on the hunt for a great dog park in Auckland, this is definitely one to try! Meola Reef is open to dogs off the lead, all the time, it’s practically a dogs dream playground! Off the lead areas are fenced, so there is no need to worry about those pups that love to run, and run, and run.

Bottle Lake Forest Park – Christchurch

Amongst the hustle and bustle of busy Christchurch is the Bottle Lake Forest Park. Located 10km north of the city centre rests this beautiful protected forest. Entry to the park is free meaning that it’s a great place to visit with your pup all year round. Dogs are welcome in the park as long as they are under effective control.

On the east side of the forest is Waimairi Beach, a great walking spot for humans and their furry friends! Remember to bring a towel with you; otherwise things might get a bit messy.

Hamilton Gardens

Located half way between Auckland and Rotorua, the Hamilton Gardens are a great place to stop off to stretch your legs, and let your pup roam around. The picturesque gardens are a hotspot for local dog lovers, especially in the springtime! Dogs are permitted in all public gardens as long as they are on a lead.

Rotorua

Rotorua is a tourism hotspot, thanks to its geothermal hot springs and its unique landscape. Head to the Whakarewarewa Forest and The Redwoods to experience one of the most stunning walking paths you and the pup have ever seen! If you feel like exploring on your own, take a stroll through several scenic walking tracks. Educational guided tours are also available too

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Fun Spring Activities To Do With Your Pet

Spring has sprung and we are celebrating the warmer weather by taking our pooches outdoors and having some fun in the sun!

There are a great range of fun activities you can do with your furry friend now, from beach walks, doggy playdates and even camping!

We’ve rounded up our favourite activities below.

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Have a doggy playdate:

Since the weather has warmed up, it’s time to leave the house and get social! There’s no better way to do that then by bringing along your bestie and their pooch and going on a doggy date. We love heading to a local pet-friendly café or going on a big weekend walk for a catch-up your pets will love.

Head to the beach:

Suns out so it’s time to hit the beach! There are great selections of dog-friendly beaches here in New Zealand so you have countless of options to choose from. Go to your local beach, or make a day of it by packing up the car and taking your canine companion on a beach trip they’ll remember.

Go camping:

If you’ve ever wanted to embrace the outdoors and get back to nature then now is the time. Camping with your pup will make for a fun weekend adventure! Just make sure to select pet-friendly campsites, take plenty of treats, warm clothes (as the nights still tend to be chilly) and make sure there’s enough room in the tent for the two of you!

Go on a hike:

If you want to head outside but are not quite up for a camping trip (just yet) why not go on a hike? There are plenty of great walking tracks for you and your pet in New Zealand which are sure to get your heart rate up! Remember to bring water and snacks for both you and your pooch in case you both need to refuel and recharge.

Top 6 dog friendly beaches in New Zealand

There’s nothing quite like a relaxing walk on the beach with your favourite furry friend by your side, and luckily for us, there are plenty of off-leash beaches to explore around the country.

Your pooches are sure to love running in the sand and cooling off with a nice swim while you get to get back to nature!

Unsure where to go? Here are our top 6 favourite dog friendly beaches in New Zealand:

  1. Takapuna Beach, Auckland

Takapuna beach is one of our favourite places as it offers breathtaking views and a whole lot of fun for your dog! In summer the beach limits dogs to be off-leash only before 10am and after 6pm however your dog can run free throughout the rest of the year!

After you’ve been to the beach, why not head to Takapuna Beach Café which is the perfect pet-friendly destination for you and your canine companion.

  1. Lyall Bay, Wellington

If going for a great walk is your aim, then head to Lyall Bay in Wellington – a popular meet-up for dog walkers alike. This surf beach has a great stretch of sand for a big walk and the refreshing ocean is perfect for a quick swim after you’ve worked up a sweat. The only catch is that dogs are not permitted in the area from the steps in the seawall or on the children’s playground.

  1. Piha Beach, Auckland

For breathtaking views you don’t want to miss, take your four-legged friend to the off-leash area in at the North Piha Beach. You can easily notice the dog friendly off-leash area as it is outlined by poles along the beach. Just remember that if your pup isn’t a strong swimmer, it’s best to keep them on-leash as the waves and water can be quite rough.

  1. Waimairi Beach, Christchurch

Get your body moving and go for a run with your dog along Waimairi Beach. You and your dog will love the gorgeous view! However from November 1st – March 31st dogs are prohibited on the actual beach, so you will need to head to Bottle Lake Forest Park located just behind the beach.

  1. Bethells Beach (Te Henga), Auckland

If your dog loves to get social with other friendly pups, then head down to Bethells Beach for a game of fetch and a swim in the water! Why not organise a puppy play date with a friend or two and enjoy the breathtaking views and some great bonding time with your dogs?

  1. Brighton Beach Reserve, Dunedin

If you’re looking for a great spot to walk your dog, then Brighton Beach Reserve is the place to go! Your furry friend will love to run around on the sand and cool off in the water with you by their side.

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5 Pet Friendly Cafes in Auckland

One of our favourite ways to spend our weekends here at Jetpets is relaxing at a café with our pooch by our side. Now you too can join in on the fun and sip your latte with your best friend with these pet friendly cafés in Auckland you need to visit now!

Takapuna Beach Café:

If you’re after a leisurely stroll on the beach with your favourite four-legged friend followed by a delicious breakfast or lunch, then head down to Takapuna Beach Café! Dogs will love to run around on the sand and you will both enjoy retiring at the café for a coffee or delicious meal and a big bowl of water for your pet.

  • 22 The Promenade
  • Takapuna
  • Auckland, NZ 0622
  • (09) 484 0002

Orvieto:

Work up a sweat at the off-lead Big King Reserve park just a short distance from this great local café. Reward yourself and your pooch by heading into Orvieto for some delicious eggs on toast, muesli and a big cup of coffee!

  • 935 Mt Eden Road
  • Mount Eden
  • Auckland, NZ 1042
  • (09) 630 5046

Dear Jervois:

Dear Jervois offers plenty of outdoor seating and a water bowl that your dog will just love! Feast on the mouth-watering menu with specialties in all things breakfast, brunch and lunch. Menu highlights include a delicious Acai bowl, Soba noodle salad and cold pressed juices.

  • 234 Jervois Road
  • Herne Bay, NZ 1011
  • (09) 376 7278

Hum Bug Café:

Keep your furry friend and kids happy by heading to Hum Bug café! This café is great for relaxing outside in the sun while you treat yourself to everything from porridge, eggs, to a hearty burger and fries.

  • 32 Rua Rd, Glen Eden,
  • Auckland, NZ 0600
  • (09) 827 5124

Little & Friday:

This café in Belmont is a great weekend spot for you and your pooch and features a delectable breakfast or brunch menu with food you will be dying to try. The café also has a great range of treats for the sweet-tooth in you that you may just have to share with your dog!

Have we missed any great cafes? Share with us what your favourite pet-friendly café in Auckland is on Facebook.

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Why Pets Make You A Better Person

There’s no denying that pets improve your quality of life, but did you know that they are also making you a better person?

From encouraging you to become more social and fit, to promoting laughter, love and resilience in your everyday life, we’ve rounded up the top ways pets make you a better person below.

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They help you cope with difficult times:

There’s something about the unconditional love and acceptance we get from our pets that helps us to build resilience and to cope with many of our everyday struggles. No matter how challenging your day was at work or what’s happening in your life, your pet’s loving face is great motivation to push through challenges and hard times.

They help you to relax:

Sometimes all it takes is for a wagging tail to greet you after a hard day at work to instantly relax you! Other times it may be cuddles on the couch with your furry friend, or a fun weekend hike. No matter the activity, pets are great at lowering our stress levels and encouraging laughter and happiness. 

They promote a great social life:

Pets are great for getting you out and about and they help to encourage you to interact with other people and be social. From talking to strangers at the park, to organising puppy play dates, pets are just what you need to help you meet new people and get you out and about.

They make you laugh:

There’s just something about their cute faces and the funny things they get up to that you can’t help but laugh at! Sometimes even just talking about your pet’s antics can instantly brighten your mood. Laughing is a great way to release endorphins and to help lower your stress levels which has amazing mental and physical benefits.

They make you healthier:

Did you know that having pets can actually make you healthier? Pets are known to help reduce blood pressure and lower your stress, thereby reducing your risk of heart disease which results in a longer lifespan.

They get you moving:

If you need some motivation to get out the door and to get active your pet is the perfect companion! Fun activities like walking, running or playing fetch with your dog are ideal ways to get your blood pumping and to work up a sweat! Make it fun by bringing along a friend or trying new and exciting places to get active.

How does your pet make you a better person? Let us know on Facebook.

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6 reasons why pets are great for every family

Here at Jetpets New Zealand, we believe that pets are a great addition to any family! Having a furry family member at home has countless benefits, ranging from teaching children responsibility and providing companionship to supporting family bonding and closeness.

If you’re still undecided about whether or not to bring a new family member into your home, read on for 6 reasons why pets are a great addition to every family.

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They teach responsibility:

One of the biggest benefits of having family pets is that they are great for teaching your children responsibility. From an early age, your kids learn how to be responsible for another living being and quickly learn that pets, just like humans, need exercise, food, shelter and love.

They teach kindness and compassion:

Pets are a great way to teach children kindness and compassion through daily activities like patting, cuddling and walking their new friend. They also help to develop children’s non-verbal communication skills by teaching them to display physical affection, love and kindness to their furry companions.

They provide companionship:

Another reason why we love our pets is the unconditional love and friendship they provide throughout our lives. Nothing beats the companionship you get from snuggling up to your pet on a cold winter’s night or taking your dog for a long walk or game of fetch at the park.

They bring the family together:

The inclusion of a new pet into a household is often a great way to bring a family closer together. Pets not only provide a fun topic of conversation around the house but they are an ideal reason to get out and about to do some bonding activities as a family.

Your family could bond with your pet by giving your feline friend cuddles during a family movie night, or you could spend a fun weekend hiking with your pooch and family by your side. The options are endless!

They alleviate loneliness:

After a long day at work or school (for your children), there’s nothing nicer than coming home to a wagging tail or friendly meow as you walk through the door. The company of your four-legged friend is especially great for children who may spend a significant amount of time at home alone when you are away with work and other commitments.

They are great for stress:

Did you know that pets are great for reducing stress and supporting general health? Having cuddles with your animal companion is a great way for families to unwind and relax after a busy day and they are even known to reduce cardiovascular disease and other illnesses!

Meet the Kiwi Bird

The Kiwi bird is known around the world as the unofficial national emblem of New Zealand and is instantly recognisable by its long bill, dark feathers and beady brown eyes.

The bird has become a huge part of New Zealand’s culture for centuries as it symbolises the the uniqueness of New Zealand wildlife and value of natural heritage.

You can find the iconic bird throughout all areas of New Zealand, usually within sanctuaries for preservation or roaming wild in forest locations.

Find out more about this iconic New Zealand bird below.

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About the Kiwi:

Kiwi birds are classified as part of the Ratites family (which includes ostrich, emu and cassowary species) and are about the size of a domestic chicken.

These unique birds have no tail, strong legs and hair-like feathers and are the only birds that have nostrils on the end of their long bill. Kiwi birds use their long bill to detect food, which includes invertebrates and fallen fruit hidden on forest floors.

Like many of New Zealand’s native animals, they are mostly nocturnal and live in forest locations, where they make their nests in hallow logs or under vegetation. They typically live anywhere between the ages of 25 – 50 and despite their iconic national status, all five species of the bird are classified as threatened or at risk.

Cultural significance:

Perhaps one of the most unique aspects of this bird is their significance in New Zealand culture especially to Maori, who view the bird as a Taonga (meaning treasure) and a child of Tanemahuta, god of the forest.

In Maori culture, the Kiwi bird’s feathers have historically been woven into beautiful cloaks and given to people of high rank as a symbol of power and authority. Although the species is now protected, they are still treasured and loved by all cultures and have become a vital part of the nation’s identity.

Threats to the species:

Despite their iconic status, there are only around 68,000 Kiwi birds left in New Zealand with the number dropping approximately 2% every year. This is due to many things, including animals like stoats, dogs, wild cats, ferrets and more who compete with the bird for food or see it as prey. Conservation of the Kiwi bird has become a high priority for New Zealand with as many as 90 conservation groups working to protect the native bird from accidental deaths, deforestation, disease and starvation, all which are contributing to the rapid decline in numbers.

Whether you are a New Zealand local or are travelling to our beautiful country, make sure you visit these unique birds at one of our many Kiwi bird houses or sanctuaries throughout New Zealand.

5 Ways To Bond With Your Cat

Here at Jetpets it’s no secret we love our cats, which is why we are sharing with you some great ways to bond with your cat to make your love for each other even stronger!

From game time to grooming, here are 5 ways you can bond with your cat today.

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Cuddle time:

If you are looking to improve your connection with your long-term feline friend, or are wanting to develop a relationship with a new cat in your home, cuddle time is the best place to start! Find a comfortable spot on the couch or bed, pop your cat on your lap and give them all the cuddles and attention they deserve. The next step is figuring out their favourite (and not so favourite) spots to be touched. Most cats enjoy the sides and top of their head, as well as their chin. It is important to remember to be gentle, but also wary as it is not uncommon for cats to become overstimulated and attack! You know if your cat is happy if they are purring, closing their eyes, salivating or rolling around.

Play games:

Many people think that games just belong between dogs and their owners but cats like to have fun too! Games you could play with your cat include using a stick with fishing line attached and a toy mouse or feather on the end and encouraging your cat to jump and catch the toy. You will love seeing them get excited!

Groom your cat: 

A great way to bond with your cat is to groom them. Use a fine-toothed metal comb and very gently brush your cat’s hair from head to tail. Ensure you take care around any knots and tangles as it may be unpleasant for your cat. The grooming session should always contain lots of cuddling and stroking so that it remains a positive and happy time for your feline companion.

Get down on their level: 

If you’ve just welcomed a new cat into the house or are having trouble bonding with your current cat, a great tip is to get down on all fours and onto their level. Once you are down on the floor, offer your hand for them to detect your scent as this will help develop trust. Next, make soft clicking noises or gently call their name in a casual and positive tone. Where possible avoid direct eye contact as many cats perceive this as a sign of aggression and may be intimidated.

Get creative in the kitchen:

It’s true! The way to a cat’s heart is certainly through their stomach, so why not get creative in the kitchen and cook up some delicious food you know your cat will just love. If cooking is not your forte, another great way to develop trust and to bond with your cat is to create a strict feeding routine by giving your cat fresh food twice a day. Your cat will soon learn to know (and love) the hand that feeds them!

The Benefits of Pet Travel Crate Familiarisation

If you haven’t tried it already, now is a great time to introduce crate familiarisation into your pet’s routine. Getting your pet used to spending time in a crate is highly beneficial for a variety of reasons, including helping you to transport your pet when moving house or going on trips, encouraging ‘down time’ for anxious pets, teaching your pet positive training techniques and creating a safe and secure environment for your pet when they are left alone for a period of time.

As a crate is a small, well-defined space, your pet will naturally feel at ease and with the right training and support he or she can learn to associate the crate with positive experiences making moves or trips much easier for you and your animal. (If you don’t already have a crate at home, feel free to contact us to purchase one!)

If you are ready to get started familiarising your pet with a crate, there are a few important factors to consider. 

Choosing the right crate:

When choosing a crate for your pet, it’s important to select one that is the right size for your animal, so they can be as comfortable and relaxed as possible. As a general rule, choose a crate that is big enough so that your animal can stand up, turn around and lay flat on their side but not so big that they can walk around. If you are travelling or re-locating homes for a long distance, ensure your crate has space for food and water bowls when required.

Watch our helpful video on selecting the correct sized crate below.

Introducing the crate:

When introducing your animal to the crate it’s crucial to always remember to associate it with positive experiences, so placing treats and/or toys in the crate is a must. If your pet is fearful to begin with, place a trail of treats, starting at the door opening, a little further in and continuing all the way to the back. Remember to always be patient and encouraging!

Once you’ve started to introduce your pet to the crate, you can increase their time in there so they gradually get used to spending time within the confined space. Meals can be fed in the crate or even better, line the crate with their favourite familiar smelling blanket so they are comforted and remain at ease.

Watch our video on familiarising your pet with their travel crate below

Moving homes:

Whether you are travelling or moving interstate, overseas or a few suburbs away, using a crate is not only an extremely beneficial way to transport your pet to the new desired location, but can also make the transition to a new environment as relaxed as possible for your pets. By choosing the right sized crate for your pet and beginning the introduction to the crate well in advance, you can make the transition to a new home simple and straightforward, for both you and your pet!

For overseas travel, Jetpets can deliver the crate to your home prior to travel so that your pet can benefit from pet travel crate familiarisation.

Still not convinced to try crate familiarisation? Here’s a recap of some of the great benefits:

  • Creates a secure and safe environment for your furry friend
  • Can be used for training purposes
  • Makes travel to new homes, holidays, outdoor trips or vet visits easy

Adopting a new pet? These are the top 10 pet names for dogs and cats

Choosing the perfect name for your newly adopted pet is one of the many exciting aspects of welcoming a new animal into your life.

From names like Charlie to Cooper, Luna to Simba, picking the right name for your pet is an important decision as you want to choose one that best reflects your animal’s personality for years to come.

Over the past few years there has been a increase in the variety of popular pet names. There are human names, names that reflect your pet’s colour, personality or nature along with names of pop icons or movie characters. The options really are endless for what you can call your pet!

Need some inspiration on what to call your newly adopted furry friend? Here at Jetpets we’ve rounded up the top 10 pet names for dogs and cats so you can get some ideas for your new companion now!

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The top 10 dog names are:

Male:

  1. Max
  2. Charlie
  3. Buddy
  4. Cooper
  5. Jack
  6. Rocky
  7. Toby
  8. Duke
  9. Bear
  10. Tucker

Female:

  1. Bella
  2. Lucy
  3. Daisy
  4. Molly
  5. Lola
  6. Sadie
  7. Maggie
  8. Sophie
  9. Chloe
  10. Bailey

The top 10 cat names are:

Male:

  1. Oliver
  2. Charlie
  3. Max
  4. Leo
  5. Milo
  6. Simba
  7. Smokey
  8. Jack
  9. Tiger
  10. Kitty

Female: 

  1. Luna
  2. Bella
  3. Lucy
  4. Kitty
  5. Chloe
  6. Callie
  7. Nala
  8. Lily
  9. Gracie
  10. Daisy

Have you recently adopted a new pet or have a pet with an original name? Share what they are called with us on Facebook.