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Platinum (36mths+)
House Sitting Preferences
  • 0 - 1 week, 1 - 2 weeks, 2 - 4 weeks, 1 - 2 months, 2 months +
  • Dog(s), Cat(s), Fish, Bird(s), Reptile(s), Farm Animals, Horse(s)
Preferred Locations
  • Anywhere in New Zealand
  • NEXT 6 MONTHS    
  • 2020: 21May-18Oct | 18Sep-4Oct
  • On a house-sit right now

FULL TIME international House/Pet/Farm Sitters

54, Retired Teacher, gardener & all round handy man

54, Retired Pool/Gym Manager/Owner

We are the perfect Kiwi/English combo. We have been having a ball pet/house/farm sitting fulltime for the last 5 yrs across 5 continents, completing more than 70 sits. We delight in adapting to anything and everything our wonderful lifestyle has to offer !

***Follow us on our house and pet sitting journey around the world via our BLOG or look us up on Facebook. Just contact us for the details, or search: James and Clare Coddiwomplers Inc

As many of our sits have been completed globally through Trusted Housesitters, most of our reviews are posted to that site. We can supply our full Resume and References to those interested.

Lucky to retire young, we are both fit, healthy and adventurous. We will spend plenty of time at home with your precious pets giving them as much ( if not more!) exercise, play and cuddles as they are used to. Walking dogs is never viewed as a chore but more an opportunity to discover all the local environment has to offer. As passionate travellers we love the fact that house and pet sitting provides a local base with friendly neighbours and a chance to experience the community as a local rather than a tourist.

We bring many skills and knowledge to sitting opportunities having lived in different countries and experienced much . As keen gardeners we are happy to keep the outdoors under control in your absence, and with James' handyman skills, we bring peace of mind to fixing practical problems that may arise in your home. Having owned our own and managed others' businesses, we are highly organised and thorough in our communication both before and during our sits including sending you pics of your happy and relaxed pets. We have looked after farms and small holdings with cattle, horses, donkeys, pigs, sheep, chickens and goats and are experienced at feeding out and paddock rotation. We are experienced in living off-grid and are both fit, healthy, clean living, non smokers intent on leaving the smallest possible footprint wherever we go .

We both have clean car and motorbike licenses and during our housesitting adventures we have had occasion to drive a wide variety of vehicles including cars, 4X4, tractors, boats, quad bikes and motorbikes .

Having owned homes in both NZ and the UK, we are fully aware of the responsibilities home ownership entails and we are quick to identify and sort out any issues that arise whilst sitting. We have never had to interrupt our homeowners' holidays as we are mindful it is your break.

We can send you links to or copies of our current IDs should you require.

Reviews (15)
James and claire have just looked after our house cat and dog for a month. We are so grateful for the immaculate way our property has been left. Lawns and garden perfect house cleaner and tidier than we left it!! AND fresh baked bread and Afghans made. The pets were sad when they left I am sure. Thanks so much. Highly recommend.
SANDRA (Otaki North Island, Dec 2019 - 1 month)
Excellent house sitters. We posted an add just a few days before the sit and it was easy and efficient to organise this house sit. Thanks a lot for taking good care of Chula.
SHARN (Stanmore Bay, Whangaparaoa North Island, Mar 2020 - 3days)
James and Clare are so kind to our Pets and Farm stock .They Fed out to the Horses and Cattle ,also mended water pipe. Would not hesitate to recommending them to house and farm sit Thank you so much for house setting. Till next time
SANDY (Raglan , Mar 2020)
Thanks for sitting for us. All the cats and dogs were happy to have all the attention. Communicated with our farm staff really well. Always good to have someone keeping the house look lived in while we are away. Thanks, Andrew & Chris
ANDREW & CHRIS (Te Puke North Island, Feb 2020)
James and Clare were excellent house sitters. They looked after our two dogs like they were their own and left the house spick and span. Would absolutely have them back in a heartbeat. I think May and Bee miss them already!
ANGELA (Reikorangi North Island, Jan 2020 - 9 days)
We are very happy with Clare and James as house sitters. We posted our request very late and for a short period but Clare and James responded directly. The house, garden and animals have been well looked after and the house was immaculate when we returned. Would recommend James and Clare for future house sits
ESTHER (Carterton North Island, Jan 2020 - 4 days)
Really great, very friendly, caring and clean. I can highly recommend James and Clare.
DAVID (Mt Eden North Island, Nov 2019 - 4 days)
No rating James and Clare came to house and farm sit for us in April for two and half weeks while we finally had a holiday. Jobs were to take care of the farm dogs and run daily, cat and chickens and check water and troughs daily along with the sheep and cattle. Take messages mail,etc. Watering the gardens, and keep everything running smoothly which was done perfectly. All stock and animals happy. They even mowed the lawns for us. Very happy and hope they can come back again at some stage.
SHERYL (Porangahau North Island, Mar 2018 - 2 weeks 4 days)
No rating What a wonderful easy going couple!! We had never used house sitters before, so this was all new to us. But James & Clare were totally at ease with the whole process. NOTHING was a bother. We left them to care for our 2yr old black lab who thoroughly enjoyed her daily swimming in the nearby river. And a collection of vegetable & native seedlings in the garden to tend to. All of the above were in great condition. Our home felt like we had never left. Everything just how we would ... MORE
AL & TANYA (Ngatimoti / Motueka South Island, Jan 2016 - 2 weeks 5 days)
No rating James and Clare housesat for us over Christmas 2015. From the moment we met this charming couple we knew our home and most importantly our animals would receive very good care. James and Clare epitomise the true meaning of professional housesitters. I had read in a reference that James has been likened to to a dog whisperer and could sense that ability from the moment we introduced our 2 Labradors Boom and Bolt, along with Sambo the cat who actually is the boss (and as Clare noted has many ... MORE
LIZ (Winton, South Island, Jan 2016 - 1 week approx)
No rating Clare and James were great farm sitters. They filled us with confidence from the first moment we talked to them. They showed initiative and did more than we expected with the animals. They coped with cats, a dog, sheep and alpacas and even the birth of a cria (a baby alpaca)! The house was well looked after and it was lovely to come home to fresh-baked scones. We would have them back in a flash.
SUE (Waimate, South Island, Dec 2015 - 2 weeks 1 day)
No rating James and Clare minded our house and dog over the Easter break and they were the best house sitters we've had so far (out of 3 experiences). Spikey our dog couldn't care less when we left and obviously got al the love and walks needed while we were away. The house was left in a very clean state with fresh sheets and wine awaiting our return. If you have the chance of having them available to mind your place, grab it.
ISABELLE BOULLIAT (Westmere, Auckland, Apr 2015)
No rating James and Clare housesat for us while we were away overseas for 4 weeks. We were thrilled to find the animals and the house in excellent condition upon our return. We would not hesitate to have them housesit for us again and would certainly recommend them to others
LYNLEY (Arkles Bay, Sep 2014)
No rating James was an awesome house sitter. House left clean and tidy and he took really great care of our dog. Happy to use him again and to recommend him to others. Lovely bloke.
SARAH (Manly, North Island, Apr 2014 - 1 week)
No rating Fab! We left our precious cats and house in the exceptionally capable hands of James. It was a 6 week period whilst we were in Europe..We were nervous as first time using sitters we hadn't met. But was wonderful! Our rather standoffish cat ended up on his lap - we were very jealous! House immaculate and tidier than when we left it. Wanted to use again but booked up.
PENNY (Mairangi Bay, North Island, Jun 2013)
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