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!

Weekdays: 9am - 4:30pm
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
Email: cafe@visitzealandia.com





Awards & Accreditations

We work with a number of partners to esure 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!


Coeliac New Zealand

Rata Café is certified for gluten-free food through Coeliac New Zealand's dining out program. We offer a range of gluten-free options, but if you have any further needs let us know and we'll do our best to accomodate.


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

Rata 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

Rata 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

Join us for Storytime at Rata, a free storytelling session for kids with a mixture of fun stories and rhymes! Suitable for under-fives, but everyone is welcome.

10am - 11am, First Tuesday of each month

Rata has delicious food and coffee available for Mums and Dads too. Add it to your calendar - Storytime at Rata is the first Tuesday of each month!

Storytime at Rata


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 certified    Conscious Consumers certified 


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 at ZEALANDIA


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

 Birthday Parties

Celebrate your birthday with the wildlife at ZEALANDIA! Take the kids on a special Birthday Clue Hunt in the valley with one of our expert guides, finding wētā, kākā and other creatures on the way. Then finish off with party food in Rata café.


Pick three items from our Heart Foundation Kids Choice Menu here.

Tour Duration

90 minutes (approx.)


$32 per child. 1 adult free per 8 children.
Minimum 6 children.

Goodie bags included. Ideal for 5 – 12 year olds.

Make sure you are dressed suitably for the weather conditions. Comfortable shoes are essential.

To book email functions@visitzealandia.com with your preferred time/date, contact details, and number of children.