A barkley Story
2007 - 2010
The idea for Barkley Manor was born when Dudley, my Retrodoodle / first child (yes first in line for treats as always) made it quite clear that other dogs were way more interesting than me. Doggy daycare didn’t exist here at the time, so with a mix of excitement, and crossed fingers, we launched into our first facility in 2007 and proudly committed to a ‘cage free, off leash School for Dogs’ with two rubberised floor play spaces - yep for Big and Small! However, this simple little venture was destined to grow, and a chance lease of an adjourning building gave us the space to make Tiny Tots, a Puppy Room, and our grooming facility come to life.
Our second / current dream City Park …
2010 to present
With an ever increasing roll call, and a passion for offering more than just ‘dog in rooms’ style daycare, our dream home became a reality - with over 2000 sqm of indoor and 1000 sqm of outdoor space, Barkley Manor was finally realised. Large dedicated spaces with multiple play areas full of fresh air, natural light and rubberised flooring, all joining to outdoor concrete, astro turf and wood chip all weather spaces, and then to the main grass garden area. Our private City Park oasis for Daycare, Training Grooming and Social Events
… the Country Park
2015 - present
After many years dreaming and searching I finally found the perfect 'country' addition to our City Park, a truly magical piece of land just 40 minutes North of Auckland’s CBD. Our very own 150 acres of pine forest, bush majesty, and a myriad of streams, ponds and waterfalls. It’s here our passion for 'free running' has truly been realised. Our School Bus (yes that’s right, a specially fitted school bus) delivers the kids to their private adventure playground - no leads, no collars, no restrictions! We offer a unique style of ‘home from home’ overnight stays and nature day adventures for our Barkley kids only - ensuring that they are always with people they know and that know them individually. A special place where the Barkley Manor family and friends can come together, enjoy each others company and be themselves in a beautiful country environment.
Barkley Manor is about YOU and YOUR DOG, and the life you want to lead.
Dudley and his brother Rory (a.k.a Numbnuts) think it’s about hanging out with their mates in the City, or charging around covered in mud at the Country Park… I’ll leave you to decide.