Overnight Stays

You want a home away from home for your furry friend, with lots of safe space to run and play, so you can relax knowing your dog is having a great holiday, for a few hours, a few days, or even months – you’re in the right place!

Shine Canine offers a small home-based boarding facility for friendly dogs of all shapes, sizes and ages.

Dogs get to spend most of their day out of their kennels (with access to their kennels if they would like a rest) in the fully deer fenced areas which have a combination of concrete and grass along with some ramps to climb on and jump over, a tunnel and a in summer some paddling pools to cool off in too.

We also have a seperate area which is suitable for small dogs, this includes access into the barn, with carpet, a bed, a couch, a swing and crates to sleep in.

This is something that I have wanted to set up for quite some time now, and in mid 2016 we found our perfect piece of land with a house on it, on a peaceful 1.5 acres, surrounded by dairy farm and only a few minutes out of Whitianga (on the Coromandel Peninsula).

Working with dogs isn’t a job for me, it is a passion, I love being out with the dogs, watching them interact together and spending time with them, learning about their individual quirks and traits.

We would love to take care of your furry friend, provided that they are well socialised (with dogs and people), registered (with council), fully vaccinated (including kennel cough) wormed and de-flead, happy to be in a kennel/crate and not a barker/noisy dog.

You can bring your dogs food (or we can supply) and it’s bedding so it feels more at home, and it can call our place their place while you are away, and we can keep you updated with messages and photos and you can relax knowing your dog is having a great holiday too.

Our vehicle has custom built dog crates so if we need to we can transport your dog safely along with ours – and yes we can do ferry drop offs and pick ups! 🙂

Visiting from out of town and unable to take your dog with you?  We had you in mind when we were planning this – if your dog is staying with us you are welcome to come and pick them up and drop them back with prior arrangement at an agreed time.


Overnight Stay $26 (maximum 24 hour period)
Day Stay $22

Doggy Day Care (see the Doggy Daycare page for more info)
Casual $22
5 concessions $100
Concessions are only available for dogs booked in at least once a week

2 or more dogs $25 each per night
Dogs must be from the same house and share a kennel/crate
Stays of 3 weeks of longer – contact us for a discounted price

Prices are per dog and include GST

*Discounts are not available over holiday periods and long weekends.
*All reservations for holiday periods/long weekends will require a 50% deposit within 7 days of booking in order to secure your dogs place
*Please note that there is a $5 surcharge (per dog) on public holidays.

For enquiries or to book please EMAIL us on shinecanine@gmail.com – we cannot check availability and send you a booking form unless we are in front of the computer

References and photos below – for more photos check out our Facebook page – http://www.facebook.com/shinecanine

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“Dear Tarah
Thank you for having Rufus as a guest at Shine Canine whilst we were on holiday in Whitianga.rufus
Upon pulling up to your house and greeting you, we immediately felt comfortable with our decision to trust you with our boy; a decision which had been based solely on other reviews we read on line.  
I knew from the e-mail communication we had prior to arriving that you were someone who had a sense of responsibility about being entrusted with the care of someone else’s dog.
We loved receiving photos of Rufus enjoying his time with your other guests. He had a great time. And we enjoyed our holiday knowing that he was in good hands and also having a blast, sometimes literally, thanks to his love of the water hose sprayed at him when he was hot.
I would also recommend your private lessons. Whilst we only had one hour’s worth, it was definitely beneficial and in the three days that Rufus was with you, he became comfortable with a head halter around his snout whereas prior to that, he would do his best imitation of an unbroken wild horse, bucking up in a mad attempt to be free of the head halter. Just one day after leaving you, he does not even need a treat to get him to sit and wait for the halter to be placed around his snout.
If this were a trip advisor rating, I’d give you 5 stars (highest rating) for service and value.
Thank you again for accommodating Rufus and for your training and training tips and all the great photos.
Lisa from Auckland

“Our beloved dog Bhalu recently stayed at Shine Canine for two nights. We were immediately impressed by the time taken by Tarah to introduce Bhalu to all of the dogs present (there were 6 at the time). It was clear that she had a good understanding of each dog’s temperament and needs and actively managed things accordingly. Bhalu was straight away at ease and we felt comfortable leaving him. The facility was clean
 and well organised. We were updated throughout his stay with photos and comments which indicated he was happy and having fun! When we collected him, Bhalu was the most relaxed we’ve seen him following a kennel stay away from home and although happy to see us, seemed content in his surroundings. We can wholeheartedly recommend this service and in particular find the individualised care provided by Tarah to be noteworthy.”           Jo and Bob Dowling