Preview of the Neko-Ngeru Cat Adoption Cafe! from The Dash Kitten Movie Crew

The first Wellington cat cafe is preparing for its grand opening. Join us for an exciting inside peek and watch the dream unfold.  

Now, the fun begins. The pet safe paint is dry, the shiny coffee making equipment installed. The delicious coffee and cakes are arriving, and the cats are settling in for opening on the 18th of November 2017. 

Where is it?

You can’t miss Neko-Ngeru Cat Adoption Cafe at 291 Jackson Street, Petone. It has a friendly awning of red and white stripes, and their distinctive graphic over the big window. The main focus of the cafe will be delicious food, friendly company and the adoption of local cats into the communities of Wellington and the Hutt Valley. All the cats come from local rescues.

Meet the owners of the Wellington Cat Cafe

Owners Richelle and Ken Okada, both international teachers, have travelled the world. They fell in love with New Zealand on their trips here. It is, they decided, the best place to put down roots.

As the couple both love cats, and enjoyed the cat cafes they visited worldwide, the idea of a cafe with a strong adoption focus was born.

Treats you will find at Neko-Ngeru Cat Adoption Cafe include:

  • The gorgeous cat playroom with handcrafted cat furniture by The Valley Craftsman
  • Delicious Coffee from Revive  
  • Gorgeous cakes from Tom Brinkel 
  • Dazzling hand painted murals by local artists. (see the video!)
  • Gorgeous ‘hard to find’ cat themed gifts including special imports from Japan!

Customers can come and pay for on hour’s access to the cat playroom. Or, they can relax and enjoy the wonderful refreshments on offer.

Neko-Ngeru Walkthrough by Richelle Okada .

Why a Cat Cafe for Wellington?

Some people live in rented accommodation and landlords are reluctant to allow cats. Others are apartment dwellers who don’t feel they have enough room for a cat to play. For these people a cat cafe is the perfect place to get their ‘kitty fix’.

It’s also a haven for visitors missing their fur families at home, and for those who love cats but have allergies. Many ‘allergic’ people can often tolerate a short snuggle period with cats. 


Cat Adoptions

For adoptions, the cafe offers the opportunity to meet cats that have been well socialised at the cafe. The cats available for adoption are confident, and happy. Cats are microchipped, vaccinated and neutered, and ready to meet potential adopters. To find out more about a particular cat, staff members will be ready to make introductions for you.

Marjorie and the
Dash Kitten Crew
Team Dash Kitten






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    November 13, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    How exciting! The space looks BEAUTIFUL!


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    Lone Star Cats

    November 13, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    Sounds like a pawsome place!


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    Cats Herd You

    November 14, 2017 at 3:18 am

    We love that cat cafes are now ways for adoptable cats to find new homes. It looks like this will be a beautiful space for humans to share with cats, and hopefully make some love matches that lead to adoptions, too!


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    November 14, 2017 at 3:20 am

    Sound a Fabulous place to visit,everything seems to be ok on the commenting front to,xx Speedy


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    The Island Cats

    November 14, 2017 at 4:08 am

    What a nice cat cafe. They seem to be cropping up everywhere.


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    Hairballs and Hissyfits

    November 14, 2017 at 7:02 am

    wonderful news that such a great place is opening!


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    Erin the Cat, Princess

    November 14, 2017 at 7:39 am

    I love the video and the Cafe looks like everyone has put their heart and soul into it. I hope it’s an adoption success!


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    Brian Frum

    November 14, 2017 at 7:43 am

    That is going to be so nice! Thanks for giving us a sneak preview!!!


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    Deziz World

    November 14, 2017 at 11:31 am

    Dat’s pawsum. We hope lots of kitties find their furevers. Big hugs

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Raena


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    Memories of Eric and Flynn

    November 14, 2017 at 11:46 am

    It looks wonderful.


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    November 15, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    I’m so jealous! Then again, if we had a cat cafe locally, I’d be begging my landlord to let me have just one more cat after every visit.


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    November 20, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    What a lovely kitty oasis! And to think you can enjoy your cuppa java there with fine feline company. The best of both worlds…and even more s if one or more of the kitties gets peeps to call their furry own!


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