Our Story


Welcome to Alongtail, a dog travel and lifestyle website based in Wellington, New Zealand.  Alongtail is a place to find the best dog friendly places to stay and play, product reviews, recipes to keep your dog happy, training tips from reputable trainers across the globe and so much more. If you love travelling with your dogs then you have come to the right place. 

Inspired by our first two dogs, Jessie and Jackman, Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, we embarked on this journey when we encountered challenges searching for dog friendly accommodation around New Zealand.  Hours searching the internet for dog friendly accommodation often lead us to giving up and not bringing our dogs with us. No more, we have searched far and wide for the best dog friendly places, which we share here.

Don't live in New Zealand? Not to worry, there is plenty of information that you can find for your travels.  If you know of any awesome dog friendly place in New Zealand or anywhere else in the world, let us know by completing our contact form and we'll add them to our list.  

We look forward to you joining us on this dog loving adventure.

All the best,                                                                                

Hilary Wilkie, Founder


Our Team

Hilary Wilkie, Founder

Born and raised in San Francisco, California, Hilary embarked on an adventure to New Zealand in 2005 and has not left.   She resides in Wellington with her husband, Sam, their fur babies, Jessie and Jackman, and their daughter Francesca, who was born in November 2016.  Hilary started Alongtail out of frustration when it came to finding dog friendly accommodation in New Zealand.  Many dog owners, like Hilary, see their dogs as more than pets, they are part of the family.  Therefore, she wanted to make it easier for dog owners to travel with their dogs. Alongtail is a mix of Hilary's passions, dogs, travel, cooking and writing.

Jessie Swift Wilkie, Chief Recipe Tester

Born in Auckland, New Zealand, Jessie joined the Wilkie family when she was a year old.  When she's not making Chewbaca noises Jessie will do most anything for cuddles. Jessie's favourite past times, include lying in the sun, swimming, and playing "find-it."

Jackman Telluride Wilkie, Chief Toy Tester

Jackman joined the Wilkie pack in 2014 when he was 10 weeks old.  Jackman is full of energy.  His favourtie past times are swimming, chewing toys and playing with his big sister. Sadly, with very mixed emotions our beloved Jackman is with a new family. You can read about our rehoming journey here.