The Grooming Lounge Whangarei is Barkleys On The River's Award Winning, relaxed, cage-free facility in the heart of Whangarei.


We take pride in offering a variety of flexible high quality services to suit your needs.

Meet Our Dog Groomer

My name is Bek and I am the Resident Groomer here at Barkleys On The River and I manage The Grooming Lounge Whangarei!

I discovered the grooming world by accident after completing qualifications in Photography & Interpreting and Translation at the University of Auckland and moving home to Whangarei. I am a farm girl, brought up with all sorts of animals and of course dogs, German Shepherds, Dachshunds, Pyrenean Mountain Dogs and many rescue mixes. I need to be around animals so when my family opened Barkleys On The River, Dog Grooming seemed like the natural path to take.

So, I completed my training at the School of Grooming in Auckland passing with Excellence in 2017. I regularly attend seminars and workshops both in New Zealand and Australia to further my knowledge, improve my craft and meet new people. In 2017, I became registered with the National Grooming Association of New Zealand, in 2018, I became registered with International Pet Groomers Inc., In 2019, I passed International Certifications to qualify as a Certified Advanced Professional Groomer.


I have participated in competitions around New Zealand winning awards in the 2019 Central Grooming Championship. Taking home in my level:

1st Place for Salon Freestyle Novice

2nd Place in a team event 

3rd Place in Clipped Terrier Class Novice

Best Newcomer


In Christchurch's One Shot Competition 2019, I successfully won 1st place for Novice level 


In February, Sulphur City Groomwars 2020 in Rotorua I placed:

1st for Salon Freestyle Intermediate

1st for Clipper Class Intermediate

2nd for Terriers Intermediate

3rd for Asian Fusion Intermediate

Rising Star Award

Best in Group for Salon Freestyle

& most recently in Auckland Groomalong 2020 I placed:

2nd in Salon Freestyle Silver Level

3rd in Gundog & Terrier Combined Clipped Class Silver Level

Dog Grooming has grown into my passion, I literally live and breathe it! I love to see the transformations both in outward appearance and in confidence of the dogs that pass through our salon. I love being able to please dog owners and provide a quality service that they can trust. I am proud to work in a cage-free, relaxed grooming environment which gives both dogs, owners and myself, great experiences. 

I firmly believe that finding a Groomer who your dog gels with, is important! I want dogs and owners to be completely comfortable in their experience. I encourage you​ to have a chat with me and look at my salon here. Also, check out my Facebook Page “The Grooming Lounge Whangarei”. There are reviews from clients available to view as well as behind the scenes video and of course photos! I am an open book and will happily answer any questions you may have. 

Bek xx








83-85 Port Road

Whangarei, NZ 0110
[email protected]
T / 09-5533144