Expert Care

With many years of experience our team are well qualified to look after your loved ones.

Small Numbers + dogs

We keep our numbers small (under 15) so we can give lots of attention to all dogs in our care. We also only accept small dogs making an us an ideal place if your loved one is a bit shy of big dogs.

Free Pick up and delivery

We offer for all our clients free pick up and drop off, it's all part of the service.

Exceptional dog daycare services in Tauranga

Welcome to Rural Paws, your dog daycare retreat found right here in Welcome Bay, Tauranga. We offer your pup the perfect place to play and meet new friends 365 days a year. That’s right, even if you’re away over Christmas, your furry friend will be well taken-care of.

Led by Hugh, our team is highly experienced to play with, teach and socialise your dog. Our Tauranga dog boarding kennel retreat includes a huge range of toys and games to encourage your pup to play, keeping their bodies busy and their minds entertained.

We have indoor and outdoor dog boarding facilities specifically designed for small dogs and fully fenced paddocks for our daily walks. By keeping our dog daycare numbers small – a maximum of 15 dogs each day – man’s best friend will be happy and comfortable, even if they are on the shy side.

Fair warning – your pups will have so much fun, the hardest part might just be convincing them to go home!

Looking for the best care for your dog for a day, night or vacation? Speak to Rural Paws about booking in a spot and enjoy free pick-up and delivery in Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty.

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Rural Paws Exceeded Expectations our dogs loved it

  • Samurai, our welsh terrier, loves his farm stay with Hugh at Rural Paws. It gives us a great sense of ease knowing that Samurai's in safe hands enjoying life on a rural property and not spending his days in a small kennel. A short ten minute drive from Papamoa Beach, Hugh's communication is excellent, very efficient via text message so makes organising that much easier. Highly recommended and so thankful that there is a fantastic rural dog stay in our local area.
    Sarah and Brad
  • Our Harry stayed with Hugh for a week over summer and had such a great time. Hugh went the extra mile for us - picking Harry up down the road due to our caravan. We could tell Hugh genuinely loves dogs and we felt very happy to leave our dog with him.
    Eloise and Steve
  • Hugh is amazing and so caring. He enjoys what he does and our dog comes home happy and tired after a day at his. We are so happy that we have chosen RuralPaws!
  • Hugh has minded my Maltese Shitzu, Toby initially while I was overseas at Christmas and since then regularly taken him to Rural Paws retreat for day stays. Toby is quite a nervous dog by nature so I was delighted and very relieved when I saw him become instantly comfortable with Hugh and the pet retreat. The retreat is a wonderful pet haven and my holiday was so much more enjoyable knowing Toby was safe, loved and having fun. Hugh has now become an amazing pet minder picking Toby up from home and taking Toby for daily visits while I work, then returning him home. I have absolutely no hesitations in trusting Hugh at Rural Paws with my precious Toby and highly recommend him to care for any fur babies that need special care and love.
    Yvonne G & Toby
  • Hugh has provided amazing care for our dog. Echo loves going to Rural Paws and jumps out of the car with her tail wagging every time. Hugh treats all his dogs as if they are his own.
    Amelia McCarthy

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As part of our Doggy Daycare Services, we offer free pick up and drop off for all dogs in Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty region.

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” We are regretfully having to close Rural Paws due to ill-health. We are a victim of our own success. Thank you to all the followers and families entrusting their family pet to our care – they were all loved and will be sorely missed.” Hugh, owner.