Photo: Chris Helliwell
The Karori Sanctuary Experience

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Functions & events

Dinner at Rata café

Photo By Bernard Smith

Laid table at Rata café

Photo By Veronica Young

Event with marquee on the Heritage Lawn

Evening function in the Main Foyer

Photo By Jo Moore

Cocktail function at Zealandia

ZEALANDIA is a stunning location for cocktail functions, dinners, weddings, corporate functions and team building events, to name but a few. Set within the Zealandia Sanctuary our venues offer unrivalled scenery.

- Plenty of free parking for cars and buses
- Tranquil scenic location
- Unique activities
- Only 10 minutes drive from downtown Wellington

Choose from one of our Function Packages or work with us to create the right package for you.

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Rata Café:

Light, airy and modern, with scenic views across the forest-fringed lake and Heritage Lawn, Rata Café can seat up to 100 people. The café balcony is especially popular and can seat up to 76 people.

Heritage Lawn:

Zealandia’s Heritage Lawn on the banks of Roto Kawau is the perfect venue for cocktail functions, weddings, parties and picnics.

Main Foyer:

The main foyer on the ground floor is a sleek, modern space with acoustic wood panelling.  It is ideal for cocktail events or functions requiring AV presentations.


Zealandia has a range of fantastic activity options available, from a cruise across our picturesque lake, to a private viewing of our state-of-the-art multimedia exhibition or guided night tours in search of little spotted kiwi.

And, because Zealandia is 100% not-for-profit, your function will make a valuable contribution to our conservation, eco-restoration and education goals.

Venue hire charges apply for after hours functions.

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For further information contact Neldi