Hide COVID19 Information - Stay safe and well - READ MORE

Kiwi House Sitters

The largest pet & house sitting site in New Zealand

Make contact - Join for free


Platinum (36mths+)
House Sitting Preferences
  • 1 - 2 months, 2 months +
  • Dog(s), Cat(s), Fish, Bird(s)
Preferred Locations
  • North Island: ALL   South Island: ALL  


66, Retired from US Consulate in Bermuda

Thank you for reading my profile.

I am fulfilling my dreams of retirement, lucky as I am. I retired in June 2016 from my State Department job in Bermuda and became "homeless," or perhaps I should say I became a citizen of the world. I've been housesitting my way around the globe, in places like Spain, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Thailand, Fiji, New Zealand, and Australia. Upcoming sits include the UK and Roatan. After a quick trip to visit my children and grandchildren in Washington, DC, I'll be off again, with no plans to stop till I am at least 70 (or older!).

I thrive on seeing new places and experiencing new cultures. It's not always easy, but it is always very interesting. Traveling alone would not have been my wish, but I have found strength and resilience and a joie de vivre in life that was missing. Plus, I've met some lovely people, many of whom I keep in touch with via social media. As well, I've had the privilege of looking after some cute and cuddly pets who were a source of unconditional love and affection.

All the best,

Reviews (4)
No rating Astrid stayed in our home for almost a month and cared for our pet cat while we were away. She gave us regular updates and genuinely cared for the cat. We felt very happy having such a reliable, independent person in our home. We would recommend Astrid to anyone as she has a great caring personality.
SARAH (Blenheim South Island, Jun 2017 - 3 weeks)
Astrid was a fantastic house sitter! We came home to a happy, healthy dog and a garden exploding with life. She was a terrific communicator and nothing was a problem. We would love to have her back to house sit again!
KAILA (Southshore South Island, Dec 2019 - 3 weeks)
Thanks, Kaila, and thanks for entrusting me with Yago's care. He's a sweet natured dog and loves his walks along the estuary and on the beach. I felt comfortable letting him off lead most of the time; he seemed to take note and comfort that I was nearby. I was allowed to use the family car which ... MORE
No rating It was very reassuring to leave my home and my cat in Astrid's care. I came home to find my house clean and tidy, my bed made up for me and a happy cat - couldn't have asked for more. I left my car for Astrid to get around and she put up with its quirks and left it safely at the airport for me when I returned. I was fortunate to have Astrid house and cat sit for me and I am delighted to recommend her to anyone looking for a sitter. I really appreciated her commitment to the sit once it ... MORE
INGER (Hokitika , Oct 2016)
No rating We would recommend Astrid as a housesitter. She communicated while making arrangements for the housesit and during the time we were away. She went to length to ensure our dog was happy and looked after. Astrid used our car while we were away and there was no damage done. All in all we were happy with our experience.
ALAINA (Leigh North Island, Sep 2016 - 4 weeks)
Free Pet Care

Happy pets!

A house sitter provides loving, full-time, home-based pet-care while you're away.

Feefo badge