Photo: Brendon Doran
The Karori Sanctuary Experience

The experience

Rata Café

Opening Hours

Mon – Fri

10am – 5pm

Breakfast & Lunch Served Daily

Mon – Fri

10am – 3pm

Sat & Sun

10am – 4pm

Rata is Wellington’s café with a view. Located at Zealandia Ecosanctuary, it really does have nature at its doorstep.

Rata Café is the perfect location to unwind or recharge the batteries after your Zealandia visit, with views across the Lower Lake making this one of the best spots in the city to enjoy a leisurely lunch.

The best coffee card deal in town: your sixth coffee is free!

Rata Cafe vege burger


Rata offers a variety of quality counter food, delicious menu options and picnic items as well as a selection of boutique wines and beer.

Booking & enquiries

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

Contact: Pooja (04) 922 1139

Café with a conscience

Being environmentally-sustainable and socially responsible is a no brainer for us. We only use free-range pork, chicken and eggs. Our fruit and veggies are seasonal and locally-sourced wherever possible. Our milk is organic and all our coffee is organic and fair trade. All our packaging is biodegradable and even our cleaning products are friendly to the environment!

Rata Café is a proud member of Conscious Consumers and stocks delicious carboNZero certified Kaimira wine.

Conscious Consumers Badges


  • Rata cafe is child-friendlyQuality highchairs and a special kids’ menu are available.
  • Our play pen with toys is free to use.
  • For toddler storytime dates check our events page.

Peoples Coffee: organic, fair trade and delicious

Peoples Coffee is a Newtown based roastery specialising in fair trade organic coffee. From it’s beginnings in 2004 it has become one of Wellington’s iconic coffee brands.  All their blends are 100% Fair trade Organic which is very important to us and the ethos in Rata.

We use the Tadesse Meskela Espresso Blend, and are the only café in Wellington exclusively using this particular blend.  We think it’s delicious, and they like us too!.

Tasting Notes: A clean, five-origin blend with light grapefruit acidity, and a touch of smooth caramel sweetness.

Eat. Drink. Support our wildlife

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.

Venue for hire

Rata is available as a venue to hire for weddings, corporate and family celebrations.

Next stop: Browse our Store (or take a walk in the Sanctuary Valley or Exhibition).