Enter the World of Neko-Ngeru Cat Adoption Cafe from The Dash Kitten Movie Crew

Wellington’s first cat adoption cafe is open, and we are celebrating with a DashKitten.com movie. This must now be one of the top New Zealand destinations for cat lovers. Mobile movie viewers need to click here.

Just outside the best city to visit in New Zealand, you will find the best cat cafe ever! For those coming via the cruise liners – Petone is a short trip away, for those coming by car there is plenty of local parking in local streets.

Take a Look Inside the Latest Cat Adoption Cafe

Neko-Ngeru is hoping to encourage adoptions in the Wellington region through their cafe. Patrons can enjoy a ‘meet and greet’ while non adopting cat lovers can just chill, and drink their fill of cats and delicious coffee!

You will remember our previous report as the cafe was being created. The excitement, the paint, the hammering, and the furniture moving! Now, the cafe is open for business. Visiting is a delightful and relaxing experience.

Cat Adoption Cafe

  • There are comfortable tables to sit at and beanbags for the really relaxed!
  • There are lovely cakes, tasty savouries
  • and some of the most amenable cats you could every hope to adopt.

You need to visit Neko-Ngeru as soon as you can!

We enjoyed a wonderful visit as we sat and chilled with some of the best locally roasted coffee and delicious cakes.

  • Your very own cat cafe visit can be booked Online Today.
  • You can find out more about the cat cafe in one of the many press reports.

Cat Adoption Cafe

ConCATulations to Richelle and Ken Okada on creating a friendly, welcoming and friendly environment for happy cats and really spoiled happy people! On your next visit to Wellington, New Zealand, this is one of the things you must not miss!

The People who dreamed of the Cat Adoption Cafe

Why a cat cafe for Wellington?

Ken and Richelle Okada have visited cat cafes around the world during their time as international teachers. They knew when they settled for good in New Zealand that a cat cafe would be a good thing. 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 is also a vitally important way for cats to be carefully and safely re-homed – with all the fees and checks this en’tails’. The cat cafe will be helping contain the stray cat population, which is a human fault after all! They work alongside The Outpawed Rescue Trust and Feral Nation who focus on strays and TNR, as well as local cat rescues.

You can also catch up on our exclusive interview with Cait Sith, Cat in charge at the Cafe/

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Dash Kitten Owner Marjorie Dawson

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  1. Avatar for Phoebe Kitten


    December 20, 2017 at 9:23 am

    I have seen these cafes advertised but have not been to one personally. They seem like a great idea!


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    Paul Kirhagis

    December 19, 2017 at 7:23 am

    What a fantastic idea! New Zealand is definitely on my list of places that I want to visit, so I might have to add this adorable little shop to our itinerary!


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    Rachel Sheppard

    December 19, 2017 at 6:47 am

    There are several of these in the Bay Area, but I haven’t had a chance to visit any of them yet. However, you have motivated me! Maybe I will check that out over the holidays!


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    December 19, 2017 at 3:01 am

    Everyone looks so relaxed and the cats seem to be enjoying the visitors. What a fantastic venue and we’ll done for creating a video that captures the mood, and purpose, purrfectly! Those cakes are SOOO sweet!


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    Sweet Purrfections

    December 18, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    Excellent video. I’m impressed with how far you’ve come with your videos. That is still one of my goals for 2018.

    We have a new cat cafe in town about 8 miles from me. I haven’t had the opportunity to visit yet, but I will soon.


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    Deborah Fingerlow

    December 18, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    What a fabulous place! I would so love to visit the Cat Cafe; it sounds like a win-win for everyone.


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    December 18, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    This cat cafe looks like a wonderful place. I’ve never been to a cat cafe, but I want to go sometime. Your video is great!


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    Irene McHugh

    December 18, 2017 at 8:06 am

    Wow! That cat tree/wall looks amazing! And I do like how there’s the ladder to allow cats to escape to a quiet place. The wiggle butt tabby on the carpet? I want to play with you! Great video highlighting the best features of the cat cafe.


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    Cathy Armato

    December 18, 2017 at 3:39 am

    Great job on all your posts leading up to the grand opening of the cafe – and fantastic job on this video Marjorie! I so wish I could hop on a plane and come visit this cafe, it looks so fun. Shared on all my channels!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them


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    Amelia Johnson

    December 17, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    I loved how this video captured the happiness and activity of these cats. The music gives it such a happy feel too. I hope a lot of cats get adopted…and that the new owners create kitty jungles for them in their new environment.


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      Dash Kitten

      December 17, 2017 at 8:34 pm

      Amelia, Thank you. We actually contacted the composer to thank him for his work. He was so pleased because people don’t often. He loved our video.


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    Kamira G.

    December 17, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    Sweet. This cat cafe is now open. I remember reading your other post about the preparations for the opening. You did a great job on the video. Well done. Congratulations! I bet the locals and tourists are going to love it. Wish them much success and the rest of the kitties find their furrever homes.


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    Susan and the gang from Life with Dogs and Cats

    December 17, 2017 at 10:03 am

    Loved the video! And that butt wiggle midway through made my day!
    —Purrs (and wags) from Life with Dogs and Cats


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    December 17, 2017 at 9:10 am

    I love how more and more of these are popping up! We now have two in Ottawa. I love it. Personally … allergies prevent me from going but I just love the concept!


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    Lori Hilliard

    December 16, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    What a great way for people to relax and get to know local cats who are available for adoption. Adopting a cat is a serious commitment, but a cafe for “meet and greets” is the ideal way to learn about each cat’s personality. Kudos to everyone involved!


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    December 16, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    I recently read about this opening and love the idea of it being near a cruise port. I would love to go to New Zealand … for many reasons. I never thought about cruising around it. Hope this helps kitties find good homes.


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    Jana Rade

    December 16, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    A lot of good people have some fantastic ideas. I love this one. I hope other people run with that idea too.


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    December 16, 2017 at 11:20 am

    Since I have dogs, I had never heard of a cat cafe. What a great idea! I loved your video.


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    Tenacious Little Terrier

    December 16, 2017 at 11:19 am

    How exciting the cat cafe is finally open! A friend invited me to go to the one here in Portland which was fun. One of the cats was having a catnip frenzy. They do yoga with cats there too.


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    Anita Aurit

    December 16, 2017 at 9:48 am

    We loved the video and that climbing wall is purrfection! I love to feature cat cafe’s in my “Walk Through The Web Wednesdays” and love to see humans opening more of them. We don’t have one in our town but hopefully someday soon!
    Purrs & Head Bonks.
    Alberto, The Tribe of Five


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    Jessica @youdidwhatwithyourwiener

    December 16, 2017 at 9:31 am

    That definitely looks fun. I think we have a cat cafe here in Seattle. I think they’re a great idea. I get my fix from the neighbor’s cat though 🙂


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    Lola The Rescued Cat

    December 16, 2017 at 7:18 am

    Our mom loves cat cafes! We have two here in NYC. We loved your video – very exciting!


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    Ellen Pilch

    November 23, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    I love the idea of cat cafes and I am glad there are more opening all the time.


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    November 22, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    How awesome! We don’t have any cat cafes locally – but this one is truly unique. Cats cats cats = can’t go wrong!!!


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    ERin the Cat, Princess

    November 21, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    What a wonderful Cafe and Love the video presentation too! Heres to a successful time and many happy adoptions
    Toodle pip


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    November 21, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    I am sure glad you enjoyed your visit!
    There are 2 cat cafes here in Vancouver, but they are downtown so I have not been down to see them. Apparently you have to make a reservation to go!
    They are really quite good for adopting out cats!
    I really like your new selfie!
    Marv & Mom


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    Sweet Purrfections

    November 21, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    We have a new cat cafe that’s opened about 7 miles from us. Mom Paula wants to visit, but she’s going to wait until the “newness” wears off so she has time to visit and enjoy it.


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    Hairballs and Hissyfits

    November 21, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    I wish we had something that wonderful in my town! Great job!


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    da tabbies o trout towne

    November 21, 2017 at 7:49 am

    what an awesum cat cafe !!!!!!! thanx for sharin guyz N best best fishez two ewe all that ya findz yur for everz yet thiz month !! insert hearts XX


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    Memories of Eric and Flynn

    November 20, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    What a lovely video of the cats enjoying themselves with so much to keep them occupied. The owners have made a lovely job of the cat cafe.


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    Annette @PetsAreFound

    November 20, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    How exciting for Wellington & the whole of New Zealand. We have noticed social media has been lit up by this news today & over the past week. Congratulations on your involvment and good luck to Neko Ngeru for all the upcoming Cat Adoptions – what a fantastic social enterprise!


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    November 20, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    How exciting!!


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    November 20, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    This needs to go on our bucket list! Wowee!


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    Edie Chase

    November 20, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    I couldn’t watch the video (extremely slow internet). I’m glad you were able to visit, I’m sure it was awesome.


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