Lower Hutt, New Zealand now has its very own cat cafe. The custom made cat space is open for business and as you can see, there are lots of cats waiting to welcome visitors. Neko Ngeru Cat Room is open!
A Little Neko Ngeru History
The cafe opened in Petone in 2017 and was a popular venue for cat lovers with a small cafe linked to the cat room. Regular visitors met there, became friends and enjoyed movie nights and cat game evenings.
The owners, Ken and Richelle Okada were, however, keen to relocate to a more central location and reach more cat lovers. So, the move has been made to busy Lower Hutt. This has taken a lot of commitment, investment and support for the cafe and I am thrilled to report on how great it all looks.
Where is Neko Ngeru Cat Cafe?
The address of the cafe is 215 High Street, Lower Hutt.
The cat room and Cafe Soleil are easily reachable on foot, just a couple of minutes from Westfield’s shopping mall (which has parking). Local buses stop regularly near the mall and there is limited local on street parking.
- If you are driving, Riverside Car Park is also very close with very modest parking fees.
- NOTE: This car park is Not Open Saturday mornings as there is a market in the car park.
Cat Room Booking & Details
The cat room has an official booking page and there are a few guidelines visitors can read on the page itself. These are to ensure that you, the customer, and the cats in the cat room have the best time you can. Booking ahead helps you and the cafe. You get to pick your time and the cafe knows you are coming!
- Booking ahead online saves you a dollar on the entry price!
- Booking ahead also means you will get your preferred time (especially if it’s busy!)
- Children need to be 7 years and older to enter.
- Infants are welcome at no charge but they need to be held or in a carrier all the time.
The cat room never gets too crowded with a limit of 10 people at any one time, so you will enjoy one-on-one time with the cats for sure, and there is plenty of room to sit or lounge on a bean bag. The cats make the perfect ‘meowdels’ so bring your smartphone or DSLR/mirrorless camera.
Not into snaps or smartphones? This is the perfect place to simply chill, unwind and watch the cats play. You don’t need to do anything at all! Check the report from New Zealand’s 1 News.
There is a generous selection of food made on the premises at Cafe Soleil, often with a Spanish or French theme. You may eat down in the cafe, or have your snack/meal brought into the cat room and, yes, the food and coffee are absolutely delicious. The staff are super friendly and helpful to visitors too. Check out the video for a glimpse of the cafe.
Cat Themed Shopping
If you need a gift or want to treat yourself, the new venue has a lovely bright shop with cat-themed merchandise including T-Shirts, cat litter and trays; fun jewellery, gorgeous scarves, cute broches (pins) and cat strollers.
- The shop is also accessible without paying to visit the cat room.
I hope everyone will support this exciting new venture in Lower Hutt. With delicious food and cats to cuddle the summer ahead looks like it will be a lot of fun!