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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
  • South Island: ALL  
  • NEXT 6 MONTHS    
  • 2021: 1Aug-5Aug | 6Aug-9Aug | 6Aug-9Aug | 17Sep-19Sep | 10Oct-2Nov
  • On a house-sit right now

Housesitter / Petminder Extraordinaire

54, Researcher / Writer

Hello, I'm a Kiwi with over thirteen years of housesitting experience and it's my priority to provide you with complete peace of mind so you can fully enjoy your time away, rest easy at night and look forward to your return.

The majority of my time is spent happily ensconced at your property so your pets will enjoy companionship, conversation (yes I talk freely and openly with my animal friends), and plenty of affection. My gentle, sensitive and playful nature allows me to bond easily with shy or timid darlings, as well as being able to bring out the best in those more gregarious.

Not only will your home remain safely occupied, if you have pets, they will be cared for as if they were my own. Their routine will be maintained and if they have special needs, dietary requirements, habits or funny little quirks, I can carefully attend to these. Bins are put out for collection, errands are completed, and any indoor plants, gardens and lawns, etc well tended.

Depending upon your needs, I can also provide regular updates while you are away, collect mail, forward packages, oversee maintenance jobs, as well as take phone messages, so your life runs as smoothly as possible.

Trustworthy, tidy, responsible and thoughtful with a good sense of humour, I'm happiest in a harmonious and ordered abode. While I can readily housesit in a city, I have a deep affinity with nature and the night sky and find myself drawn to rural locations.

A healthy lifestyle is important to me (sober, non-smoker), and as I love the Earth with all my heart, I ensure my footprint on the planet is light. I respect resources, support sustainability, and am energy efficient. I also reduce waste, reuse and upcycle whenever possible. I have successfully tended my own garden in the past, and am accustomed to water conservation from living on islands and lifestyle blocks where I relied upon rainwater.

I'm a keen walker, explorer, and photographer with a fondness for gardens, forests, and the countryside. Sourcing local seasonal produce provides much joy, as does meeting growers, visiting producers and farmers - particularly those who use organic systems. I also integrate my qualifications as a herbalist, naturopath, nutritionist, homeopath, aromatherapist and remedial masseuse into my life and those I take care of - including pets if they need help.

I welcome the opportunity to look after your beloved home, pets, garden and house plants, keeping them safe, well maintained and cared for.

Housesitting began for me in early 2008, and I've been caring for people's pets and properties ever since. My first role was for twelve months in Austria, Europe looking after 6 cats and one small dog. I've also looked after three cats in Rome, a shy rescue pussycat in Amsterdam, an apartment in London, and a property in a remote location in Fiji for three months. From August to November 2009, I was responsible for a private and isolated home listed with Sotheby's in New Zealand. I'm now based in the South Island where I continue to housesit.

Reviews (28)
As you can see from her profile and other reviews, Kyra is an absolute professional and I cannot recommend her highly enough. This was our first time having a house sitter but upon meeting Kyra we were put at ease about going away and leaving our 7m old kitten with her. Our kitten Evie is shy around strangers but they took to each other very quickly and I enjoyed the regular text updates Kyra provided. The house was left perfectly clean and tidy, garden & house plants watered, bed linen ... MORE
EMILY (Spreydon South Island, Oct 2020 - 6 days)
Kyra great with communication and looking after the house and Billy the cat for part of her stay. The house was looked after with care as was Billy. Very Happy.
HEATHER (54a Greta Street , Jun 2021)
Excellent sitter will have Kyra again if it suits both parties. No hesitation in recommending her to other house owners - she did an amazing job. Thanks Kyra
SHERYL (Riccarton South Island, May 2021 - Two weeks)
It was a pleasure Sheryl. Had a lovely time looking after your beloved pets and property.
Kyra looked after Evie & Archie perfectly with regular updates and photos which really helped. Came home to some very happy cats and a card & some flowers which was so thoughtful. Kyra even left the house tidier than she found it! Wouldn't hesitate to use her again and we were supposed to have her back again but silly me got the dates mixed up. Sorry about that Kyra. Don't hesitate to book Kyra in she is a true professional
ZOE (Christchurch Central South Island, Feb 2021 - 3 days)
Kyra was a fabulous cat sitter. Our cats, Ginbaby and Bobbie were very happy and well cared for. They connected quickly with Kyra. Our place was well looked after. We came back to a clean and very tidy place. We really appreciated Kyra's care of our cats and our home. We received regular updates and photos about how Ginbaby and Bobbie were doing, It was wonderful to hear how they were doing. Communications before and during the stay were very quick and clear. Thanks Kyra,
JANE (Clyde South Island, Feb 2021 - 5 days)
We thoroughly enjoyed having Kyra to house sit for us. I was a little worried that there was a bit much to do but Kyra was unperturbed and did everything beautifully, even did extra when I was held up and I got home late to find everything was done. Wonderful! Thank you again Kyra.
ANNETTE (Hokitika South Island, Feb 2021 - 3 days)
Happy to help :)
Kyra accepted a two-month house and cat sit at our place, which then became 9 weeks total. We were very grateful to leave our shy cat in safe and caring hands for so long. Kyra sent very regular updates and communicated professionally about her arrival and departure, as well as immediately that any issues arose during her stay. We were pleased she mentioned a few times over the period that she was very happy staying here, as it was the longest away time for us and good to know a happy person ... MORE
ANTOINETTE (Little River South Island, Dec 2020 - 9 weeks)
Kyra was great! Always prompt and professional with communication and keeping us updated with all the animals over the 12 nights we were away. A great relief especially knowing our blind dog was in caring hands. Kyra also cared just as much for the cat and chooks and kept my new seedlings watered. House all tidy and sheets washed and bed remade on our return. No hesitation to recommend. :) Thank you so much!
ERIN (Weston South Island, Oct 2020 - 13 days)
I would have Kyra back to housesit in a heartbeat. Her professionalism and communication was first rate, Could not recommend her more, Hope to use her again and again.
CAROLYN (Oamaru South Island, Feb 2020 - 11 days)
Best housesitter we have ever had!! Pets were so well taken care of including a very large boisterous dog. We felt at ease the whole time we were away with the updates & we got home to a lovely clean house with very content animals :) Thanks again Kyra!!
MICHELLE (Christchurch South Island, Dec 2019 - 1 week 5 days)
We have no hesitation recommending Kyra as a house sitter . This was our first experience with leaving a stranger to care for our house and cat ,so a little daunting. However once we met Kyra we knew all would be well looked after. Harley the cat was spoilt and the house and plants as we had left them. Kyra even sent us pictures of the gifts ( both alive and not so) of the gifts Harley brought inside for her . Thanks Kyra, You will be at the top of the list for the next time we go away !
AILEEN AND GIL (Charteris Bay South Island, Dec 2019 - 8 days)
We had Kyra look after our 3 dogs while we were away overseas for a few weeks. The dogs were fine. Looked after. Great to be a able to have them in their own home with a sitter. Less stressful for them. They seemed happy when I came home. Which was great. House was tidy. Good communication Definitely would recommend. Thank you so much Kyra for being a trusted house sitter.
HELEN (Dunedin South Island, Nov 2019 - 2 weeks 1 day)
No rating
(Taieri Mouth South Island, Sep 2019)
Kyra was absolutely amazing! Over the many years of having house sitters to look after my "gang" she was easily the best & went above and beyond. When I returned my Dogs and Cats were SO CONTENT they didn't get excited to greet me as they normally would when away for a week. (what better feedback could you get than that!) Kyra left the house immaculate. Her communication was spot on - I felt confident whilst away that everyone was safe & well meaning I could relax and enjoy. I ... MORE
AMANDA (Waitati South Island, Jul 2019 - 1 week)
We are delighted to provide Kyra with the biggest endorsement possible. She looked after our property and the boys(4 legged ones) for two full week and seeing how she connected with the dogs was amazing. We would like to recommend her to any one wanting a dedicated, committed, gentle person. We will certainly get her again in 2019 as already eluded to. Thank you Kyra.
SERGE (Hanmer Springs South Island, Jul 2018 - 2 weeks 2 days)
Kyra is a very reliable and caring Housesitter. Her communications skills are great and you can always be assured of a return email or text. Our dogs were well looked after even during a trying time for one of them and our house was lovely and clean and tidy on our return. We have booked her for a return visit and hope to do many more in the future.
MARILYN (Diamond Harbour South Island, Jun 2018 - 2 weeks 5 days)
Kyra was the most amazing sitter and our cats adored her and they really missed her when she left..She has a beautiful ,caring personality and I would wholeheartedly recommend her .Gypsy and Jasper want you to come and stay again next year
FIONA (Waikaia South Island, Jun 2018 - two weeks)
Thank you Kyra! We are so grateful to you for coming down to Southland for a short house sit. You were very understanding of Louie's neediness and Mags' timidity and from our first meeting I knew we could leave home worry free. I would recommend Kyra as a caring, dedicated house sitter. We hope to see you back one day.
LINDA (Gore South Island, May 2018 - 4 days)
No rating Kyra was great and very caring of our furbies. We came home to a nice clean house and well cared for dogs. Would certainly recommend her.
GRAHAM (Outram South Island, May 2018 - 4 days)
No rating Kyra did a good job of looking after my dogs and house while I was away
RACHAEL (Lower Portobello South Island, Apr 2018 - 3 days)
No rating Thank you so much Kyra for looking after our best buddies Poppy and Vera as well as the chickens and sheep so well. Our home was immaculate on our return and this was really appreciated. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay. I highly recommend Kyra to look after your pets and property. She is a gem
GERALDINE (West Eyreton South Island, Mar 2018 - 10 days)
Kyra house & dog sat our beloved miniature poodle for nine days while we went on holiday. We were absolutely super pleased - she went over and above her responsibilities and took on extra thoughtful tasks that made the house cleaner and nicer for our return. Our poodle was quite relaxed and happy too! I'm grateful that our paths crossed as we've much in common and we enjoyed all our conversations. Kyra is great at staying in touch and giving updates if you so wish. Highly recommend and ... MORE
KATHY (Wainui South Island, Mar 2018 - 1 week)
Kyra was the most sweetest kindest person I have ever met a pleasure to have her here in our house. I could not recommend her enough she is awesome. Thank you Kyra and I so hope you can house sit our tribe again soon xxooxx
LEANNE (North Loburn South Island, Jan 2018 - 1 week 6 days)
Kyra house sat for us last December. We found her very professional, thoughtful and felt very comfortable leaving our house and Pet in her care. We were delighted with the updates on our cat which 2 days before we left fell I'll and had to be on medication while we were away. It didn't phase kyra in the slightest. She handled the unexpected extra care requirements with ease. On returning home, the house was immaculate and chiefy looked very relaxed. A very capable house and Pet sitter. Thank ... MORE
ALEX (Hoon Hay South Island, Dec 2017 - 2 weeks 5 days)
No rating The lovely Kyra looked after our two cats for two weeks and stayed in touch with us via email and Skype with regular updates throughout our trip which was great - we came home to a tidy house and relaxed happy cats. She is kind, thoughtful and caring and spoilt the cats with daily brushing and an occasional treat of homemade organic fresh chicken which they loved. She also got us fresh milk for our return which was very much appreciated. Thank you!
MATT & SARAH (Wakatu , Sep 2017)
No rating Kyra looked after my many and varied animals for a week with no problems. The house was left clean and tidy, and I will be happy to have her housesit for me again.
GREG (Colac Bay South Island, Jul 2017 - 1 week 1 day)
Kyra you are amazing....we came home to very relaxed dogs and cats, our chooks and baby chicks were in fantastic condition.The house was left spotless! Kyra went out of her way to go the extra mile and we really appreciate it. .. We cant say thank you enough for the lovimg care our animals and property received. Very happy for this lovely lady to come back anytime
MARIA AND PAUL GIDDENS (Waitohi South Island, Feb 2017 - 2 weeks)
No rating We have a puppy and a cat and was worried about sending them somewhere else to stay for 10 days so I decided to look for a house sitter. I am very pleased to say that our very first house sitter Kyra was perfect. Kyra treated our pets as if they were her own and went above and beyond what was asked of her. A pleasure to deal with and would have her back any time.
RACHEL (Christchurch , Jan 2017)
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