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Platinum (36mths+)
House Sitting Preferences
  • 1 - 2 weeks, 2 - 4 weeks, 1 - 2 months, 2 months +
  • Dog(s), Cat(s), Fish, Bird(s), Rabbit(s)/Guinea Pig(s), Chickens/Ducks/Geese, Farm Animals, Horse(s)
Preferred Locations
  • North Island: Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Northland, Taranaki, Waikato   South Island: Canterbury, Nelson / Marlborough, Otago  

Gauvin

62, Retired Reliever Teacher

62, Actuary

We are a loving, professional couple. We built and owned a beautiful architecturally designed home in St Heliers (featured in Urbis Magazine 2005).

We always owned a dog. We like cats and farm animals too. We enjoy gardening.
We are healthy, fit and quiet.

We are originally from Canada, but have been living in New Zealand since 1986. Louis was asked to come here to open an office for a multinational consulting firm.

We lived in Christchurch for the first 12 years and then moved to Auckland in 1998 (we lived in and have been here ever since).

Our two sons were born in Christchurch and have both finished university in Auckland. The oldest is now working in the USA and the youngest has moved out as well, so we are now on our own.

We decided to start house sitting 7 years ago to experience living in different parts of New Zealand, before deciding where to finally settle down again.

We are both home during the day. Louis has his own business and works from home.

We have been house sitting for more than 7 years in different suburbs of Auckland mainly and, on small farms. Consequently, we have expanded our expertise and love for a wider range of animals and lifestyles.

We have a deep respect for the trust that homeowners have in us and the unconditional love that their animals display toward us.

Preferred locations: from 2021,
anywhere in New Zealand

References: Please ask for contact phone numbers.

* Rachel & Don (Red Hill, 1 dog)
* Heather & Glen (Birkenhead, 1 cat)
* Tracy (Takapuna, 5 overseas students, 3 cats)
* Natalie & Shane (Newton, 1 cat, 1 dog)
* Michael & Barry (Titirangi, garden)
* Raewyn (Turua, 1 cat, chickens, garden)
* Heather (Taupaki, 1 dog, cows, chickens)
* Dione (Otahuhu, 1 cat)
* Marion (Botany, 1 dog, garden)
* Erin & Andrew (Takanini, 1 cat, 1 dog)
* Sue & Ron (Mt Eden, 2 dogs, 3 cats)
* Donna & Chris (St Heliers, 1 dog)
* Ruth (Mission Bay, 1 dog)
* Stacy & William (Botany, 2 dogs)
* Amanda (Pukekawa, 1 cat, 2 dogs, chickens)
* Jo & Andrew (Maraetai, 2 dogs)
* Mariette & Iman (Clevedon, 1 cat, 2 dogs, 2 donkeys, chickens)
* Samantha & Lance (Waimauku, 1 dog, 3 cats, chickens, cows, sheep)
* Maggie & Peter (Sandringham, 1 dog)
* Dion & Bash (Flat Bush, 2 children, 1 dog)
* Nicky & Neil (Waiuku, 2 dogs, 1 goat, 4 pigs)
* Margaret & Doug (Waiuku, 2 cats)
* Amrita & Vikram (Flat Bush, 1 dog)
* Carolyn (Te Hihi, 3 horses, 1 cat, 2 dogs)
* Kanani & Mark (Miranda, 1 cat, 6 sheep, 12 chickens, garden)
* Maggie & David (Ararimu, alpacas, sheep, cows, 2 donkeys, 2 dogs)
* Gail & John (Conifer Grove, Takanini, 2 dogs, 1 cat, garden)
* Lindsay (Howick, 1 dog)
* Louisa & Arturo (Wattledowns, 1 dog, garden)
* Brenda & Barry (Karaka, 2 cats)
* Suzanne & Daren (Half Moon Bay, 1 dog)
* Alison & Shaun (Alexandra, 2 horses, cows, chickens, 2 dogs, 1 cat, garden)
* Konnie & Manfred (Te Kuiti, rabbit farm, chickens, 1 dog, 1 cat, garden)
* Lillian & Neil (Beach Haven, 1 dog, 2 cats, 2 chickens and 3 goldfish)
* Justine & Clinton (Pukekohe, 2 dogs, 1 cat)
* Kathy & Tony (North Shore City, 1 dog, 1 cat)
* Rachitha & David (Grey Lynn, 1 dog)
* Judith & Guy (Kauri Point, Katikati, 1 dog, 1 cat)
* Liza & Paul (Onewhero, 4 dogs)
* Jan & Philip (Matata, 1 dog, garden)
* Linda & Gary (Hamilton, 2 dogs, garden)
* Sally (Gisborne, 2 dogs)
* Claire (Hamilton, 1 cat, garden)
* Louise & Harry (Papamoa area, 2 retired long distance racing horses, 8 cows, 2 cats)
* Kayleigh & Dan (Maraetai, 1 indoor rabbit)
* Lisi & Richard (Sumner, CH-CH, 1 dog)

Reviews (35)
Louis and Louise were wonderful sitters! They stayed with our whippet for 2 months while we were away— they kept us updated, and took fabulous care of our pup and our home. They even left us some treats to enjoy upon our return. Thank you so much and hope we can have you back sometime!!
 
RICHARD (Sumner South Island, Jun 2021 - 2 months)
Thank you very much for this glorious review. We must say that it was easy to be good house sitters for you and our adorable Whippet, Louie. Take and give care, L & L
Thanks Louis and Louise, we were very happy with how you looked after the house and cared for Grem. We can home to a clean and tidy house and most importantly a happy Gremlin! Communications was easy whilst we were organising the sit and during the sit which gave us peace of mind. Thanks for the lovely gift you left us was just wonderful and cute! We hope you enjoy your next sit!
 
KAYLEIGH (Maraetai Beach North Island, Jun 2021 - 4 days)
Louise and Louis are a delightful couple. Although not very familiar with horses at first, they did an amazing job. The horses were so calm and relaxed with their gentle energy and even our old stand-offish gelding became firm friends with Louis! The garden was spick and span ( a big ask for Autumn!) and the studio was left absolutely spotless! We enjoyed getting to know them and would highly recommend Louise and Louis.
 
LOUISE (Tauranga North Island, May 2021 - 2 weeks)
Really lovely couple felt totally at ease with them to house sit and look after my cat Coco. The house was left in amazing condition when we arrived home and Coco looked very happy. I would not hesitate to have them come back and house sit again
 
CLAIRE (Enderley North Island, Mar 2021 - 6 nights)
This was my first experience of using a house sitter and what an awesome job Louise and Louis did. House was immaculate when I returned, Louise even cleaning up my deck after my bean bag split some time ago. I highly recommend them and my 2 dogs Rupert and Sephy do too.
 
SALLY (Wainui North Island, Feb 2021 - 1 week)
We were so lucky to have Louise and Louis take care of our home and our dogs. They were both really well cared for. Thanks for keeping us up to date with what was happening at home and for enjoying our dogs company as much as we do. We wish you well.
 
LINDA (Pukete North Island, Feb 2021 - 1 week 5 days)
Thank you Louis and Louise for taking such good care of our 4 dogs. When we arrived back from our camping trip the house was super clean and the dogs looked like they had an awesome time with you. Thank you for also giving Luca his birthday gift in our absence. We wish you all the best and hope to see you in the near future. Anybody would be lucky to have you as house sitters, you are really beautiful people. Thanks again.
 
PAUL (Onewhero North Island, Dec 2020)
Thank you so much Paul. Indeed, we wouldn't mind house sitting for you again.
Louis and Louise were lovely to deal with. They spoilt Louis, looked after my place, and even did some gardening! Will hopefully have them again.
 
DAVID (Ponsonby North Island, Nov 2020 - 5 days)
Louise and Louis were great house sitters. they looked after our geriatric dog and cat. the house was spotless and they left us a lovely bottle of wine and some rhubarb compote, which i now make regularly too. We have rebooked them for next year.
 
KATHY & TONY (Auckland North Island, Oct 2020 - 2 weeks)
Louise and Louis were amazing. They are a kind, caring and considerate couple. Got home to a spotless home and lovely message. They were incredible with our animals, especially our little epileptic dog who pined a bit at first. He now loves them! The dogs loved the walks and the cat loved the company. Thanks to a super pair of people, we did not need to worry at all and are most appreciative of their love and care.
 
JUSTINE (Pukekohe North Island, Oct 2020 - 4 days)
We can't recommend Louise and Louis enough. They looked after our house and animals as if they were their own. We got regular texts with updates on how things were going and we came home to happy and relaxed animals and a spotless (probably tidier) house. We would have them back any time.
 
LILLIAN (Auckland North Island, Sep 2020 - 6 days)
Thank you so much Lillian for this glorious review. Regards to Neil. Cheers, L & L
Louise and Louis are a lovely couple and it was good to have them looking after our house, garden and pets.
 
MANFRED (Te Kuiti North Island, Sep 2020 - 11 days)
Thank you very much Manfred. As you know, Louis & I embrassed and enjoyed your daily routine. Next time, we house sit for you will ensure that we get 5 ☆ for looking after your lawn and garden. Warmest regards, Louise
What a lovely couple. We loved having them house sit for us. They looked after Charlie, our dog, property and home so well. They came to us over the Xmas period for six weeks. We had photos sent of Charlie and regular updates on property. Louise and Louis are the type of housesitters you wish for. Very nice, honest and caring couple. 5 star all the way.
 
JAN (Manawahe North Island, Dec 2019 - 6 weeks)
This was the first time we had used a house sitter to look after our dog Toby. We were lucky enough to have Louis and Louise who made things nice and simple as they are seasoned pros. Great communications and lovely people. The house was in good shape when we returned and they had looked after Toby really well. We arrived back after three and half weeks away and Louise had made a lovely soup for us. Would not hesitate in recommending them.
 
DAREN (Auckland North Island, Jun 2019 - 27 days)
You can't go wrong with Louise! Louise took care of our house, garden and dog for about three weeks. We came back to a much nicer garden (full of new flowers courtesy of Louise) a happy dog and a clean house. In addition to this Louise kept us always in the loop and sent us updates when necessary. As a bonus Louise cooked for us before and after our long trip. We wouldn't hesitate to let Louise (and Lea) take care of our house again. Note; Louise loves walking and that was a plus ... MORE
 
ARTURO (Wattledowns North Island, Oct 2018 - 3 weeks)
No rating Louise is an absolute breath of fresh air. What a delightful house sitter. We arranged to meet prior to her visit and I felt instantly reassured that both my pet and home would be in excellent hands.. Louise is down to earth and extremely kindhearted. The night before my departure I was treated to an amazing banquet provided and cooked by Louise. What a treat. While I was away I received regular updates reassuring me my dog was in good hands, receiving daily walks and lots of attention from ... MORE
LINDSAY (Botany Downs North Island, Oct 2018 - 4 days)
No rating John and I cannot recommend Louise and Louis more highly. They looked after our boys, Troy the Labrador X, Poppy the miniature poodle, and Jet the cat. Also the house was spotless. They are a great couple and and we have become good friends. If you are lucky enough to have them answer your advertisement, don't hesitate to have them house sit for you as they are in high demand.
GAIL AND JOHN DAVIS (Conifer Grove North Island, Aug 2018 - 1 month 2 weeks)
No rating We felt very comfortable with Louis & Louise from the first time we met. They are very warm, caring people and quickly established a level of trust and confidence in ourselves which meant that we were able to head off for our overseas trip without any worries. During our seven weeks away Louise maintained regular contact, even sending photos of our two adoring Wheaten Terriers with happy smiles on their faces. All went well. Louis met us at the airport as arranged. The house was immaculate with ... MORE
DAVID & MAGGIE (Drury , May 2018)
No rating Louise and Louis looked after our lifestyle home, animals, and garden wonderfully for just over 3 weeks. Louise was very good at keeping us informed about our cat and regularly sent photos. They are both easy-going and delightful, helpful and respectful and I look forward to having them sit for us again!
KANANI (Pokeno North Island, Mar 2018 - 2 weeks 6 days)
No rating Louise was wonderful looking after my two dogs, cat and horse. Highly recommend as A+ house sitter.
CAROLYN (Papakura North Island, Feb 2018 - 3 days)
No rating We could not have made a better decision than to look for a house sitter during our overseas holiday, and I must consider ourselves extremely lucky to find Louise. She is extremely easy going and a delight to deal with. We shared very interesting conversations over a glass of wine - we are friends now and would be very keen to catch up with Louise (and Louis) even outside house sitting times. Louise showered our Cavoodle Rigby with so much love that we would find it hard to match! Thanks for ... MORE
VIKRAM (Flat Bush , Nov 2017 - 3 weeks)
No rating Louise cared for our 2 cats & home for 1 week. We met Louise prior to the house sit & we had every confidence that she was the perfect sitter. Our cats were spoilt & we so enjoyed the photos & emails they sent. Our home was left spotless but we didn't expect anything less. We have no hesitation in recommending Louise, you will not be disappointed. Louise you would be welcomed back any time. Many Thanks Margaret & Doug, Gus & Toby
MARGARET (Waiuku North Island, Oct 2017 - 1 week 1 day)
No rating Louise and Louis were great house and pet sitters. They came to meet us and the animals before we left and sent regular updates and pictures via email while we were away. Everything was so clean and tidy when we arrived back, the dogs were really happy and well cared for and Louise had made us soup for dinner......what more could you ask for in sitters? Thanks very much Nicky Hartley
NICKY (Waiuku , Jun 2017)
No rating We have loved having Louise and Louis house-sit for us over the last month. They were the perfect house sitters but even more importantly made us feel very comfortable leaving our spoiled dog Maisy in their care. The house was beautifully looked after, we received wonderful emails telling us what Maisy was up to and returned to home-made soup, chocolate and flowers. We really hope Louise and Louis are available next time we travel.
MAGGIE AND PETER (Sandringham , May 2017)
No rating Louise is a wonderful house sitter. I cannot recommend her highly enough. My family and I were overseas on holiday for 12 days and during that time I felt totally confident that Louise could handle any challenge our rural property could throw at her. We have a dog, three cats and a few farm animals. All were looked after supremely well and the house was immaculate when we arrived home. Louise went above and beyond our expectations as a sitter, providing us with email updates during our ... MORE
SAMANTHA (Waimauku North Island, May 2017 - 1 week 5 days)
No rating We cannot thank Louis and Louise for their exceptional care and love for our dog Neve and our home while we were on holiday. They both are the most wonderful and thoughtful couple who I cannot praise highly enough. We received frequent emails and photos from our Neve about their wonderful care, love pats and hugs . The house was immaculate on our return and the lovely touches left for us by Louise was delightfully appreciated. I would highly recommend this lovely couple. and hope they ... MORE
RUTH (Mission bay , Oct 2016 - 4 weeks)
No rating Louise and Louis recently looked after our four month old puppy for over a month at our home in St Heliers. We felt very relaxed and comfortable with them from our first meeting as it is not easy leaving such a young animal with strangers. We got wonderful e-mails from Louise and Meg weekly with pictures of a very happy puppy. Our home was just as we left it, upon return, and found some lovely little gifts with flowers on the table and homemade soup in the fridge. All in all a great experience.
DONNA (St Heliers , Aug 2016)
No rating Louise and Louis recently looked after our home and animals while we were away in France for 7 weeks. They did an excellent job and I can't recommend them highly enough. This was out first experience of using house sitters, and they were marvellous. We have a villa in Mt Eden and were looking for someone to care for our elderly labrador and our three cats, one of whom is a highly strung ocicat. They did an amazing job. They took the time at the outset to meet us and the animals ... MORE
SUE (Mt Eden North Island, Jul 2016 - 1 month 2 weeks)
No rating On meeting Louise and Louie for the first time I found them to be very friendly and approachable. My dogs were comfortable right away and I knew they would be a good fit for our home. We ended up having Louise house and pet sit for us while Louie returned home overseas but we still had a positive experience with Louise honouring her commitment to look after our house and animals for us. We would have both Louise and Louie to house sit again if we get the opportunity. Happy to be contacted if ... MORE
AMANDA (Tuakau North Island, May 2016 - 4 weeks)
No rating Louise and her husband are excellent housesitter, we had a great experience with them. They lived house for three months and looked after our dogs. They are reliable and delighted people, the house and garden has been perfectly maintained. We were very pleased and no hesitate to recommend Louise and her husband.
STACI (Somerville North Island, Jan 2016 - 2 months)
No rating We were very lucky to have Louise house-sit and care for our fur baby (3 year old dog) and cat over a 2 week period. We are usually very anxious about going away and leaving our pets, this was the first time we had a house-sitter. After our initial meeting, I felt very happy that Louise would be staying in our home. Prior to us leaving Louise made time to come over and get the run down on the pets. We left on our holiday for the first time ever feeling at ease and not worrying about how the ... MORE
ERIN (Papakura, North Island, Dec 2015 - 2 weeks)
No rating When I left to go off for an eight week holiday and leave, not just my house, but also my son and daughter in law's dog who was left in my care, I was very nervous and worried. My mind was soon put at rest when I started to receive amusing, interesting and caring emails from Louse and Louis. Regular photos of Alfie showed him to be relaxed and happy. My house was beautifully looked after and it was wonderful to come home to a perfectly presented, clean home and also home made soup for dinner ... MORE
MARION (North park, , Jul 2015 - 1 month 3 weeks)
No rating Louise and Louis cat and house sat for me from 30 March to 23 May 2015. Although I was a bit worried about how the cat would cope, Axel somehow managed to work out how to use email and sent me regular reports to assure me all was well. When I arrived home the house was clean, there was a full bottle of milk in the fridge, the bed had been made up with fresh linen and the cat seemed a bit miffed that I had returned! Louise and Louis even gave him his own sun lounger after he took a liking to ... MORE
DIONE (Otahuhu, , Apr 2015 - 1 month 3 weeks)
No rating We enthusiastically recommend Louis and Louise as fantastic house-sitters. They are experienced house-sitters and pet-sitters and have clearly become very adaptable, and responsive to the needs/quirks of home-owners. They cared for our apartment and pets as though they were their own, and sent us a couple of emails, photos and texts to reassure us our beloved animals were just fine, without us. We arrived home to a clean and tidy home, milk in the fridge, freshly washed bed-linen, contented ... MORE
NATALIE (Newton, , Dec 2014 - 2 weeks)
No rating We had the pleasure of meeting Louise before she took care of our family home, three cats and overseas students while we attended our daughter's wedding out of Auckland. Louise is a kind and caring person and took responsibility while we were away. We would not hesitate to recommend Louise.
TRACY (Birkenhead, North Island, Nov 2014 - 3 nights, 4 days)
 
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