Best Cat Cafes in New Zealand

Cat Wanderlust — The 6 Best Cat Cafes in ALL of New Zealand

Let’s be honest: for most guys, cat cafes conjure up visions of flowery wallpaper, endless meows, and an overwhelming sense of being out of our depth. I confess, I approached my first cat cafe experience with all the enthusiasm of a tax audit. 

But hey, I’m a sucker for a good latte, and hey, who knew, maybe a furry friend could melt my stoic heart. Ironically, when I stepped into my first cat cafe, it wasn’t a pink explosion, but a haven of purrs, playful paws, and surprisingly chill vibes. 

And, oh, the cats! From fluffy Maine Coons to mischievous Siamese, each feline had a personality as unique as their fur. 

As it turns out, I could not only tolerate but actually enjoy the company of cats near my coffee. Since then, I’ve made it a point to try out different cat cafes in my travels, and I’ve found the best ones in all of New Zealand. 

So, if you’re a lover of cats or looking to try out a cat cafe, you’re in the right place. Check out my picks!

1. Catnap Cafe

Catnap Cafe

Address: 391 Colombo Street, Sydenham, Christchurch 8023, New Zealand

Hours: Wednesday to Sunday – 10 AM to 5 PM

Price: 15 NZD

Whether you’re a dedicated cat lover or simply seeking a heartwarming encounter with furry friends, Catnap Cafe is sure to leave you smiling (and maybe just a little bit furrier). 

Here, you can watch cats frolic on climbing structures, bat at toys, or simply snooze in sunbeams, all while enjoying expertly crafted coffee and an array of tempting sweet treats. 

If you want, you can even purchase a private session and spend quality time with the cats to your heart’s content.

For the truly devoted cat lovers, Catnap Cafe offers a unique catnip membership. This monthly subscription grants you access to the cat cafe, priority booking for sessions, and exclusive discounts on merchandise and cafe purchases. 

Pro Tip: Check out the cafe’s website or social media pages for upcoming events like catnap cinema, yoga with cats, and board game nights. These activities offer a fun and interactive way to engage with the cats and fellow cat lovers.

2. Purrs & Beans

Purrs & Beans

Address: 188 Hinemoa Street, Birkenhead, Auckland 0626, New Zealand


  • Wednesday to Friday – 10 AM to 3:30 PM 
  • Saturday & Sunday – 10 AM to 2 PM

Price: 20.50 NZD

Purrs & Beans is more than just a cat cafe. It’s a sanctuary for rescued felines and a haven for cat lovers. As New Zealand’s longest-running cat cafe, they’ve been bringing smiles to faces (and purrs to hearts) for years. 

From the sprightly Siamese to the cuddly Persian, there’s a feline friend waiting to steal your heart. Each cat has its own quirks and preferences, and the staff is happy to introduce you to your perfect match.

The cafe itself is designed to be a calming and relaxing space, with soft lighting, comfy couches, and plenty of places to cuddle up with a cat. 

And no cat cafe experience is complete without delicious food and drinks. You can enjoy your treats in the cat cafe area or relax in the separate cafe space.

Pro Tip: Purrs & Beans is passionate about cat welfare. They work closely with rescue organisations to find loving forever homes for their feline residents. They also host adoption events and educational workshops to raise awareness about responsible cat ownership.

3. Catfe Mao

Catfe Mao

Address: 3C/80 Broadway, Newmarket, Auckland 1023, New Zealand


  • Monday to Thursday – 11 AM to 8 PM
  • Thursday & Sunday – 11 AM to 9 PM
  • Saturday – 11 AM to 10 PM

Phone: +64212283334

Price: 25 NZD

Catfe Mao is for anyone seeking a dose of furry therapy. With its charming ambience, adorable adoptable cats, and delicious treats, it’s no wonder why Catfe Mao has become a top spot for cat lovers in the city.

All the cats at the cafe have been surrendered or abandoned, and the cafe works tirelessly to find them their forever homes. By visiting Catfe Mao, you’re not just enjoying cuddles with furry pals—you’re also supporting a worthy cause.

Cosy cat trees, comfy seating, and playful toys create the ideal setting to unwind and de-stress. Whether you’re curling up with a good book or enjoying a cup of coffee while a furry friend naps on your lap, Catfe Mao is the ultimate relaxation destination.

And they have tonnes of sweet and savoury treats. From refreshing bubble teas to delectable desserts, there’s something to satisfy every taste. Plus, you can purchase cat treats to spoil the resident cats!

Pro Tip: Unlike other cat cafes, Catfe Mao allows for a more personalised cat interaction experience. The cafe limits the number of guests per session, ensuring that the cats are not overwhelmed and that you have ample opportunity to shower them with attention.

4. Neko Negeru Cat Cafe

Neko Negeru Cat Cafe

Address: Level 1/215 High Street, Hutt Central, Lower Hutt 5010, New Zealand

Hours: Wednesday to Sunday – 10 AM to 4 PM

Phone: +6445683434

Price: 17 NZD

Neko Ngeru Cat Cafe is more than just a place to get your cat fix—it’s a haven. The moment you step through the door, you’re greeted by the calming purrs and playful antics of a resident crew of adorable cats. 

This cafe is also deeply committed to cat welfare. Partnering with local animal shelters, they provide a loving temporary home for cats awaiting their forever families. 

In fact, many cats have found their perfect matches right here at the cafe. (You might be tempted to take one home too!)

While snuggling with a purring kitty is undoubtedly the highlight, Neko Ngeru also has delicious snacks and a charming selection of cat-themed merchandise, from pawsome plushies to adorable apparel.

Pro Tip: Keep an eye out for special events like book clubs, cat yoga sessions, and more.

5. Cat Castle Cat Cafe & Hotel

Cat Castle Cat Cafe & Hotel

Address: 63 Lake Road, Devonport, Auckland 0624, New Zealand

Hours: Tuesday to Sunday – 10 AM to 4:30 PM

Phone: +648002282233


  • Adult – 30 NZD
  • Child (2 to 15) – 25 NZD

Nestled in the charming seaside town of Devonport lies a haven for cat lovers and coffee enthusiasts alike: Cat Castle Cat Cafe & Hotel. This whimsical pink-themed establishment is a top contender among the best cat cafes in New Zealand.

The cafe boasts a charming castle-like interior adorned with plush cat toys, climbing structures, and cosy nooks for cats to nap in. With over 15 perfect cats, each with their own unique personality, there’s a furry friend waiting to steal your heart. 

Cat Castle also doesn’t skimp on its culinary offerings. The cafe serves a delectable selection of coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and cold beverages. 

Pair your drink with a sweet treat like a pastry or cake, or savour a light meal from their menu of sandwiches and snacks.

Pro Tip: Booking is essential, especially on weekends and holidays, as Cat Castle fills up fast. To avoid disappointment, make your reservation online or call ahead to secure your spot for a perfect afternoon.

6. Fancy Meow Cat Cafe

Fancy Meow Cat Cafe

Address: 1210 Arawa Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand


  • Tuesday to Friday – 12 PM to 3 PM
  • Saturday & Sunday – 10 AM to 4 PM

Phone: +6474606868


  • Adult – 18 NZD
  • Child (2 to 11)  – 13 NZD

Fancy Meow Cat Cafe is a perfect cat paradise that will leave you grinning from ear to ear. They have a collection of gorgeous purebred cats and kittens. 

From playful Persians to majestic Maine Coons, prepare to be mesmerized by their fluffy fur, curious eyes, and playful antics.

While here, enjoy a delicious cup of coffee or tea while surrounded by the calming presence of purring felines. The cafe offers a selection of hot and cold beverages, perfect for unwinding and soaking up the perfect atmosphere.

Pro Tip: Fancy Meow Cat Cafe works closely with local rescue organisations to ensure all their feline residents are well-cared for and loved. You can even enquire about adoption if you find a furry friend who steals your heart.