to Neko Ngeru

Wellington’s first cat adoption cafe

Welcome to Wellington’s first Cat Adoption Cafe – Neko Ngeru!   “Neko” means cat in Japanese and “Ngeru” also means cat in Maori so our name is translated as “Cat Cat Cat  Adoption Cafe!”   Neko Ngeru was founded to give you opportunities to cuddle and play with cats and also for more opportunities for our guest cats to be adopted! A percent of our profits go to the local rescue organisations.








How does it work?

Regular adult entry to the cat play area is $12 per adult per hour and $7 for half an hour. Guests with Senior Gold cards or Student cards also receive discounts as do families with young children. We do not charge for guests under the age of 2 and have discounts for those under 14.  Children and babies are welcome with attentive adult care. It is a good chance to teach them to treat cats well. (However, we do not have high chairs or changing tables.) 

We are open from 10am to 4pm daily except Mondays and public holidays.  Saturday we open from 10am until 5pm. (If you have more than 5 people in your party, we can extend our opening hours, so please send us an email to mastercat@nekongeru.nz! 😸)

Weekends tend to be busy so we recommend you check our booking system and book yourself a time with the cats to avoid disappointment. We will take walk in’s if we have space and the next hour is not fully booked. The booking system closes 12 hours before the time, so call us if you are wondering about coming in the next few hours.


Guest Cats

These are rescued cats who stay with us. At this moment, we do not have any adoptable cats. All of guest cats are on hold.  


We recommend you make a booking on weekends to ensure your space so that you won’t be disappointed. We might have a similar situation during the school holidays even on weekdays.


We have quality products from Japan and China. We also have locally made items too.


Watch this space to see what is happening @ Neko Ngeru and in the rescue community. We have unique events like Cat Yoga and Cat Bingo. (=^・^=)

Meet Our Cats

Here you can find individual information about each of our adoptable cats. All of our cats come from rescue organisations around Wellington and have been de-sexed, vaccinated and de-wormed. We learn the stories of all the cats we care for and post them here for you to know some of their unique and exciting histories. As we interact with them on a day to day basis, we add more information so you can make an informed decision about whether you want to bring one into your family and home.

* We do not have any cats available for adoption at this moment.

Videos of our Cats

This video was made for educational purposes by the Ministry of Primary Industries, but it is very well-made and shows our cafe well, so we hope you enjoy it! (=^・^=)


Opening Hours

Monday:        Closed 
Tuesday:       10am – 4pm
Wednesday:  10am – 4pm
Thursday:      10am – 4pm
Friday:           10am – 4pm
Saturday:       10am – 5pm
Sunday:         10am – 4pm

(If you have more than 5 people in your party, we can extend our opening hours, so please send us an email to mastercat@nekongeru.nz!)

Address:  291 Jackson Street, Petone
Phone:     04 589 2287

Neko Ngeru Cat Adoption Cafe