Professional Kiwi couple keen to engage in new communities. Flexible on location

Username kiwisdofly  

46 - 55 years
May 28,2024 My Calendar
House Sitter
6 - 8 Weeks, 2 - 3 Months, 3 + Months

We are an active, non-smoking professional couple house sitting our way around the world. We are embracing this change of pace and loving the experience of different cultures, meeting people from all walks of life, and just living life!  We took a year off work in 2017 as a trial run at house sitting and saw us House sit in 5 different locations, from Puerto Rico to South East Asia. 

We returned to NZ to work through 2018, I returned to NZ Post and contracted as a Harbour Patrol Officer with the Maritime Team, looking after Navigation Safety in this busiest port in New Zealand.   I was also a tutor of Boating Safety courses in my spare time and mother of two girls who have now left home. My partner Chris, was the Deputy Harbourmaster and prior to that, after gaining his degree, served as a Fisheries Officer for 3 years then a police officer for 10 years.

April 2019 we left NZ again and completed 12 months of House sitting, from Australia to Brazil, then Europe to USA when COVID made us return to NZ to sit out the pandemic. 1 January 2022, traveled to Australia, to start house sitting again.

Chris has a passion for sport and was a SCUBA diving instructor for 15 years and continues to dive recreationally, and I would spend all day on the water if I could. We love to spend time out doors, kayaking, cycling and our biggest passion - travelling and seeing the world.

I lived in Scotland for 8 years whilst working in the offshore energy exploration industry and have travelled extensively throughout Europe, Australia, Canada, Pacific Islands and Southern Africa. Chris has lived and worked in Australia, Christmas Island, Sinai Peninsula, Ireland and England and has travelled extensively through Europe, USA, Pacific Islands and South East Asia.

We are very community minded and find the best part of travel is making life long friends, we have met the most amazing people during our adventures, people we count as friends.

We are animal lovers and have owned cats, dogs, rabbits and budgies. We currently own several properties and understand the value of caring for a home and choosing the right tenants. So we would take pride in your home and pets and treat them as if they were our own.  

We have a blog which was started in August 2019 in Brazil, and we hope you will check out our photo galery on Instragram of our adventures and all the beautiful pets we have looked after, from German Shepherds to Cockatiels, all with their own special personalities! donna_marree

Thank you for your time!! :-) 

Homeowner Feedback / endorsements (1)

“ Incredible Couple - Fabulous Experience ”

Sit Dates Dec-9-22 - Jan-31-23 Homeowner snayar19, Member Since Mar-17-22

Location Chennai Tamil Nadu India

I am so grateful to Donna and Chris for reaching out and agreeing to housesit and take care of my two cats during December 22/January 23. Their wiIingness to do so enabled me to travel back to New Zealand (first in 3 years) with complete peace of mind.

This was my first time using housesitters and Donna and Chris were super helpful in guiding me through the process and letting me know what resources/information they needed to support their stay and make it a smooth process for all of us (cats included). Right from the start I found them very responsive with communication.  They didn't hesitate to reach out if they needed anything (though this rarely happened) and they kept me up to date with how the cats were doing.

When I arrived home, the apartment was in perfect condition and the cats were so relaxed, healthy and happy. And in addition I have made two incredible new friends!

I would have no hesitation in recommending Donna and Chris as housesitters. They come with a wealth of housesitting knowledge and made my first experience a fabulous one! 

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