From 14 September to 14 November, the cafe's balcony will be under renovation. Rātā​ will remain open and serving delicious food, but there may be some noise and limited seating. We also offer takeaway options.

With stunning views over the valley​, birdsong as your background music, and native wildlife at the doorstep, enjoy a break at Rātā. Open from 9am to 3pm (5pm on weekends), Rātā is an idyllic spot to relax for breakfast, lunch, an afternoon bite, or anything in between.​You will enjoy modern New Zealand cuisine with a conscience ​as we work​with what nature provides to produce dishes that are not only delicious, but also give back to the earth.

We compost all food waste, napkins, & coffee grinds to grow organic produce from our on-site vegetable garden. If we can’t grow it, we find local, organic, free range and sustainably sourced products.  All waste is recycled where possible, and we use bio-degradable packaging and ‘planet-friendly’ cleaning products.

Rātā Café is an important source of income for ZEALANDIA. All proceeds contribute to our world-leading conservation work, and help to make our 500 year restoration vision a reality.

Found on the second floor of the ZEALANDIA Visitor Centre, settle in for a coffee and a bite ​surrounded by nature.

Opening Hours

We're open every day except Christmas Day!

Weekdays: 9am - 4pm
Weekends: 9am - 5pm

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

Bookings & Enquiries

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

Phone: 04 922 1139



Awards & Accreditations

We work with a number of partners to ensure our food and drink can be the healthiest, tastiest, and most sustainable possible. Check out the awards and accreditations we've received for our efforts!


Heart Foundation NZ

Our Kids Menu is endorsed by Heart Foundation's Kids Choice. Kids Choice is a Heart Foundation initiative that support cafes, restaurants and bars that want to serve healthier food to children.

Munch Food Awards

Rātā Café is the proud winner of the 2016 Munch Award for Best Kids Menu in New Zealand! Selected for its healthy options that do away with chips and nuggets and embrace tasty food that's actually good for you.

Conscious Consumers

Conscious Consumers

Rātā was the first business in New Zealand to receive all 12 badges in Conscious Consumers' first accreditation system. Since then we've worked with them to further our mission of ethical cuisine.



Storytime at Rata

 Functions, Meetings, and Corporate Events

ZEALANDIA is a world-first wildlife safe haven and award-winning visitor attraction nestled in a forest-clad valley just minutes from downtown. It's also a spectacular function venue!

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

To ask about ZEALANDIA as a venue for your next function, contact us at


  • Tailor-made to your requirements
  • Tranquil scenic location
  • Sustainable & environmentally conscious
  • Unique activities
  • Only 10 minutes drive from downtown Wellington

    Conscious Consumers certified  



Heritage Lawn

Canapé Style: 300 people

Seated: 200 people

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Pāteke Room (Exhibition)

Canapé Style: 200 people

Seated: 160 people

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Hihi Room

Boardroom Style: 8 people

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Say “I do” in a native bush oasis only 10 minutes from Wellington’s CBD.

From private ceremonies to wedding parties, ZEALANDIA is perfectly placed to host your dream ceremony while making a valuable contribution to conservation work in Wellington.

The Heritage Lawn, featuring the iconic valve tower, historic boatshed and our beautiful forest-fringed lake, provides the perfect backdrop for wedding parties of up to 200 people. Alternatively, the Round Lawn offers a more secluded and intimate setting for ceremonies of up to 40 people, surrounded by stunning native bush. We also have an atmospheric indoor venue available should the weather be inhospitable on the day.

Inspired by the seasonal menu at our onsite Rātā café, locally and sustainably sourced refreshments can be served after your ceremony as you venture into the valley for some idyllic wedding photos.

Make your big day unforgettable surrounded by New Zealand native flora and fauna. To start planning the wedding of your dreams, contact our Functions coordinator at



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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


“We came for a walk through the sanctuary the other day and it reminded me that we are long overdue in saying a huge thank you for the amazing day you gave us for our wedding. Our family and friends still talk about it to this day as one of the most enjoyable and relaxed weddings they've been to.”  -  Jamie & Brendan


“Our sincere thanks to all your team for our wedding day celebrations.  The team leader Alicia was exceptional, and her and her staff made the day run super smoothly.  All of our guests commented on what a superb location Zealandia was for the wedding, and they were particularly impressed with the food. Overall it was a great experience and we could not have asked it to go any better on the day. It pleased us to know that the profits from the day were going to the trust.” - Stefan & Kate