Welcome to Donkey Retreat! So you finally have your very own lifestyle block, and you have always wanted a donkey but just don’t know where to start?  The Donkey Retreat is  a great place to start your love affair with donkeys.  At Stanway Lodge you will be introduced to a delightful cross section of donkey characters: Baby, Bramble, Delilah, Monkey, Sally, Reuben and Dudley.  If you have never met a donkey you will be charmed and bitten by the donkey bug in no time.

If you are contemplating purchasing or taking on the ownership of a donkey but don’t know the first thing about them, you may be surprised to hear that there is plenty to learn before taking on this responsibility.  Donkeys can live for up to 40 years in New Zealand.  Are you prepared to look after an animal for this length of time?  If not, are you able to make arrangements for his care should you not be in a position to do so?

Before you decide to take on this delightful, but at times challenging role as a donkey owner, come along and spend a day among the donkeys and learn about their care and requirements. You will soon find out if donkey ownership is really for you.  You will get the opportunity to discover different personalities and hopefully this will help you make a better decision when it comes time to getting your own donkey.  They are as different in nature as humans, so the last thing you want is a cranky donkey or one who may intimidate you.

The Donkey Retreat at Stanway Lodge is an educational facility for prospective donkey owners, or people who are genuinely interested in learning more about these delightful animals. There will be a lot of hands on participation and interaction with the donkeys. With seven donkeys and one horse all milling around at once, we are unable to supervise small children and guarantee their safety.  No children under 10 years, please.