Rata Café

With a stunning view and surrounded by birdlife, Rata offers modern New Zealand cuisine with a conscience and a native twist. The ethos here is working with what nature provides to make delicious food and drink that’s not only sustainable, but gives back to the earth.

We compost all food waste, napkins, & coffee grinds to grow organic produce from our on-site vege garden. If we can’t grow it, we source it locally where we can. All other waste is recycled where possible, and we use bio-degradable packaging and ‘planet-friendly’ cleaning products. We also use organic milk, free range eggs, chicken & pork, and sustainably-sourced seafood.

Rata Café is an important source of income for the Karori Sanctuary Trust, which manages ZEALANDIA. All proceeds directly benefit the Trust and help to make its 500 year restoration vision a reality.

Opening Hours

We're open every day except Christmas Day!


9am - 4:30pm


9am - 5pm

Note: Due to functions these hours are subject to change with no notice. We recommend calling ahead of time.

Seasonal Menu

Rata Menu

Conscious Consumers

Rata Café is a proud member of Conscious Consumers, and has become the first café in the country to earn all 12 Conscious Consumers badges.

Bookings & Enquiries

Coming with a group or want to reserve a spot? We take lunch and brunch bookings seven days a week.


04 922 1139




ZEALANDIA is a world-first wildlife safe haven and award-winning visitor attraction nestled in a forest-clad valley just minutes from downtown.

Catering from small business conferences to fully-catered wedding parties, functions at ZEALANDIA provide a unique touch, while supporting native conservation efforts.

To ask about your next function, contact our Functions Manager at Functions@visitzealandia.com


  • Tailor-made to your requirements
  • Ample free parking for cars and buses
  • Tranquil scenic location
  • Sustainable & environmentally conscious
  • Unique activities
  • Only 10 minutes drive from downtown Wellington

Carbon Zero     


Heritage Lawn

Canapé Style: 300 people

Seated: 200 people

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Café & Balcony

Canapé Style: 130 people

Seated: 130 people

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Historic Boatshed

Canapé Style: 30 people

Seated: 20 people

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Canapé Style: 200 people

Seated: 180 people

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Visitor Centre Foyer

Canapé Style: 80 people

Seated: 50 people

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Hihi Room

Boardroom Style: 12 people

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Wedding Couple


Our Philosophy: To give you the wedding of your dreams in a beautiful native bush setting, using a sustainable approach that brings nature to your plate.

Perfectly positioned for afternoon and evening sun, our beautiful forest-fringed lake provides the perfect backdrop to your special occasion. Wellington’s world-class wildlife safe haven is close to town, yet worlds apart. And because ZEALANDIA is 100% non profit, your wedding makes a valuable contribution towards conservation.

We know that your wedding date is the most important day of your life, so we'll do everything we can to make sure that your wedding is stress-free and enjoyable from beginning to end. As no two happy couples are the same, our packages allow you the flexibility to design a wedding that is as unique as you are.

Our catering is done in-house by our Rata Head Chef and their team. We use fresh, seasonal foods, with an emphasis on locally-grown, free range and organic, so you can be sure your food will be of the highest quality. You're welcome to join us for two dishes in a complimentary menu tasting beforehand.

To start planning the wedding of your dreams, contact our Functions Manager at Functions@visitzealandia.com


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"We wanted to say a huge thank you to you and all of the Zealandia staff who contributed to our wonderful wedding day. We had the most amazing day and many of our guests commented on the wonderful venue and hospitable staff. We felt really well looked after through out the whole planning process and nothing was too much trouble for you and your colleagues. We will be singing Zealandia's praises for many years to come and can't wait to get our photos back to showcase the beautiful park and true NZ flavour we had on the day!" - Gareth & Jenner