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Pet Boarding Hunter Valley

Formerly Akuna Pet Resort

254 Bathurst St, Sawyers Gully NSW 2326

Dog boarding

Cat boarding

Door to door Transport

The beautiful Hunter Valley is home to some of the most famous wineries, vineyards, and of course, Kip Hunter Valley! Our world-class resort sits on 10 acres of lush, spacious grounds and is surrounded by countless bushwalking trails that epitomise natural beauty.

Reception Opening Hours

Monday-Friday: 8:00-11:00am, 2:00-5:00pm

Saturday: 8:00-11:00am

Sunday: 2:00-5:00pm

Public Holidays: as advised

Servicing Sydney and Newcastle with Door-To-Door Transport!

We offer door-to-door transport across Sydney and also the Newcastle region. This service is run Monday to Friday (subject to availability) and is not offered on public holidays. This service can be added as part of the booking process and takes the stress out of getting your pet to or from their holiday. 

Water Fun Park

With spacious, grassy yards and custom-built facilities, your dog can enjoy bushwalks in the great outdoors, or play in our Doggy Water Park. There’s something for every pet so choose Kip Hunter Valley for your pets’ next stay.

Pricing Comparison

Room Pricing

We have a range of additional services you can add to your dog’s stay to ensure they have the best possible stay with us.

Dog boarding

Classic Dog Room

From $73/day

Dog boarding

Luxury Dog Villa

From $95/day

Cat boarding

Classic Cat Room

From $37/day

Additional Services

For Dogs

We have a range of additional services you can add to your dog’s stay to ensure they have the best possible stay with us.

Package Deals

Triple Fun


Package Deals

Luxury Pooch








Extra Playtime

Extra Playtime


Delicious Dinner

Chicken & Rice Dinner



Daily Treat


For Cats

We also offer options to accommodate even our fussiest feline friends.

Cuddle Time

Cat Cuddletime


Experienced Team, Safe Space, Regular Pupdates, Tailored Care

What makes boarding at Kip different?

We are passionate about providing the best care and enrichment for pets and a great experience for you. Our team of pet lovers have decades of experience.

We know every pet is unique, so we have various options, including different accommodation types and extra services, to ensure we are tailoring the stay to suit your pet’s needs - better yet, we will ensure you get frequent updates so you know you are getting the services you paid for!

With best-in-industry facilities and structured processes around health and welfare monitoring, team training, customer updates and enrichment, our team will make sure your pet has the best day, every day. 

Experienced Team, Safe Space, Regular Pupdates, Tailored Care

Dog Boarding with a splash!

Kip Hunter Valley boasts a custom-built doggy water park, perfect for your water-loving dog! It'll turn any old day into an extraordinary adventure and make their boarding visit an unforgettable stay!

Meet the Team

Ange Mclaren

Ange Mclaren

Boarding Manager

Ange is absolutely animal-mad, having worked at Petstock and RSPCA Burwood (Melbourne), managed a doggy daycare, become a qualified NDTF Dog Trainer, founded the German Shepherd Rescue Victoria, and been part of the Kip Homestead Yarra Valley Team! She also has a keen interest in canine nutrition and now, she brings her expertise (and her 3 German Shepherds) to Kip Hunter Valley to care for dogs in NSW!

Corrina Connor

Corinna Connor

Assistant Manager

Corinna is an avid animal lover and has a world of experience under her belt. Having previously worked with RSPCA and assisted in puppy classes, she is the perfect team member to care for your pets. Having been a vital member at Kip Hunter Valley, Corinna now helps to lead the team at Kip Lake Macquarie. Her passion for animals is to be commended, with 5 of her own rescues at home, so it's no wonder your pets have a wonderful time with Corinna!

Jade Behrens

Jade Behrens

Reception Lead

Jade is a natural leader and is the bright face of our reception! She has a wealth of knowledge in both animal care and everything Kip Hunter Valley, and her expertise and confidence is invaluable to the standard of care we provide. You'll be sure to see Jade around when your pet stays with us!

How Boarding Works

FDT Step 1

Step 1: Choose Date

Request your boarding stay and complete your pet’s profile, including details such as your pets' vaccinations and any medication they need.

Boarding Transport

Step 2: Start Your Stay

Drop off your dog during reception hours. If you’ve selected transport, we’ll pick them up right from your door in the morning.

Boarding Yard

Step 3: Welcome & Health Check

Your dog gets settled in for their holiday, and staff gives them a health check.

Boarding Pupdate

Step 4: Enjoy Regular Updates to your Phone

Enjoy regular photo and/or video updates right to your phone throughout their stay.

Hydrobath Landscape

Step 5: Get that Fresh Wash Feeling

Receive a complimentary hydro-bath before going home for stays longer than 2 days.

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Step 6: Home Time!

Pick them up during reception hours, or if you’ve selected transport, we’ll drop them at your door.

Has your pet been pawing to stay at a pet retreat?

What you need to know about your Boarding Visit!

As pet pawrents ourselves, we know that leaving your pet for the first time can be stressful! Every trip to Kip includes your own room, 1-on-1 playtime with our staff, daily photo and video updates, and premium kibble meals, and we encourage pet parents to come visit the accommodation before the trip. Whether your dog loves running in our grassy yards, or your cat loves lounging in the sun, we’re sure your pet will have the best time!

To ensure everyone’s safety, please make sure that all pets are up to date with all vaccinations, and a certificate must be presented.

Has your pet been pawing to stay at a pet retreat?

What we do


Are you needing overnight care for your dog?

Keeping your four-legged friend happy, comfortable and safe is what pet boarding with us is all about. Every Kip trip comes with cosy rooms, premium meals, and extras that are sure to entertain even the fussiest pets.


Do you have a cat that requires overnight care?

Many of our pet retreats offer cat accommodation options. Our staff are well versed in the quirks of our feline friends - providing a high level of care and attention in accommodation from standard rooms to penthouse suites.


Make your visit easier!

At Kip, we offer pick-up and drop-off to our locations to provide you with convenience and ensure you have a great experience.

How We Do Things

Safe & Fun

We have lots of fun together, but balance is key, which is why we tailor our services to meet your pet’s needs.

Passionate Team

With an in-house vet and decades of industry experience, our team of highly trained pet carers (and pet lovers) will ensure your pet is in the safest hands.

Regular Updates

Leaving your pup can be stressful, so we deliver regular updates (or pup-dates) right to your phone, so you know they’re having fun!


Does my pet need to be vaccinated?

All pets must be up to date with their vaccinations and present a current certificate to the team. We are able to care for pets if they’re not desexed. Our vaccination requirements are as follows: 

  • Puppies may board 10 days after their final puppy vaccines as long as they are C5 or equivalent.

  • Kittens may board 10 days after their final kitten vaccines as long as they are F3 or equivalent.

  • Dogs must have an up-to-date C3 or better vaccine and an annual Canine Cough vaccination.

  • Cats must have an up-to-date F3 vaccination.

Does my pet need to be desexed?

We are able to care for pets if they’re not desexed. We do not take dogs in heat across our centres. To the extent your dog comes into heat whilst in our care, we will require an emergency contact to pick them up within 24 hours of being notified. We will not accommodate entire males in the same room as undesexed females.

Can you pick up my pet? When will the pet van come?

We provide door-to-door transport to and from Sydney, as well as the Newcastle and Hunter regions for an extra charge. You will be contacted by the driver with an estimated arrival time the day before your reservation commences.

Can I tour the facilities?

Absolutely! Simply contact us at [email protected] so our team can organise the best time for you to tour the premises.

My pet needs medication! Can you administer it?

Absolutely! For an extra $5/pet/day, we can administer medication to your pets. Please provide all medication in a marked vet bag and provide enough medication for the entire duration of their stay.

My dog is a picky eater! Can I bring my own food?

We sure can, for an extra fee of $3/day! Please provide all required food, clearly marked and labelled. Please inform staff if your dog has any food allergies.

Ready to book in a happy stay?

Let's go

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