New Zealand’s first cat cafe – The Cat Lounge, opened in Glenfield, Auckland in early November. I went along last week for a look see and stepped into a smart black and white cafe with a big Thank You wall acknowledging all those who contributed to the establishment of the lounge via crowd funding platform Kickstarter.
Two glass doors separate the cat lounge from the cafe, you can take food and drink in with the cats but I chose to have coffee and cake in the cafe before meeting The Team. Every hour on the hour up to 20 people can visit the cats in the lounge and spend up to an hour with them at a cost of $10 adults, $8 kids and seniors. I didn’t book, but I recommend it, especially if you’re making a special trip, it was surprisingly busy on a Thursday afternoon.
Couches are provided for people too, along with free wifi and toys to help keep the resident cats and kittens entertained.
There are bridges for the cats to cross, board walks to climb, and an artificial grassed area with natural light.
Two cat doors open into a people free room where the cats can have some time out, the clever kitties below got time out by climbing up into the roof space for a snooze.
I’m in the camp with the people who can’t wake a sleeping cat or kitten so I was happy to watch the cuteness overload happening around me. Little Ron came visiting though and was quite keen to get in my handbag, I thought I better settle for taking his photo, tempting as it was to take him home.
If you would like to add a cat to your family there is a Lonely Miaow wall of cats needing new homes. Or if you know a cat loving Auckland apartment dweller a six month pass to The Cat Lounge is $300, a monthly pass $150.
If you love cats a visit to The Cat Lounge is sure to take you to your happy place. Find The Cat Lounge at 173A Archers Road in Glenfield, it’s a busy industrial area but there is parking for about six cars at the door, including one park for disabled drivers. If you’re a visitor to Auckland without transport you can get there as I did by bus from Britomart Transport Centre. You need to change buses at Smales Farm and then get off on Chivalry Road and walk a short distance down the hill to Archers Road. Buying an AT HOP day pass (zones A&B) is better value than buying individual tickets and gives you 24 hours travel on buses, trains and ferries.
Alternatively, Auckland’s second cat cafe Barista Cats opens 1 December at Level 1, 95 Queen Street in the city.