Photo: Steve Attwood

The experience

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.

Conscious Consumers: Choose Your World


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. The badges act as independent endorsements for the hospitality industry, accrediting businesses in areas such as community, smart waste, and ethical products.

You can read more about Rata’s Conscious Consumers endorsements here.


Opening Hours:
9am – 4:30pm daily

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

Cafe Manager
(04) 922 1139
Rata is available as a venue to hire for weddings, corporate and family celebrations

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