Photo: Janice McKenna

The experience

Rata Café

Rata is Wellington’s café with a view. Located at Zealandia Eco-Sanctuary, 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.

Opening Hours

  • 9am – 4:30pm, Daily

Breakfast & Lunch Served Daily

  • 9am – 3pm, Monday – Friday
  • 9am – 4pm, Saturday and Sunday

Rata Cafe vege burger


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

Keeping Conservation In Mind

Rata Café works hard to ensure it is keeping conservation in mind by using free range eggs, free range chicken, free range bacon and sustainable fish. All our suppliers are local and we are proud to offer wines that have been carefully selected to support our vision of eco-friendly, sustainable practices. Many of these award winning wines are also certified organic and apply BioDynamics in their winemaking.

We now use Kai to Compost to ensure that all food waste is disposed off in a sensible way.  All our take away coffee cups, take away food containers and serviettes are biodegradable.

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 Café is also 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.

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 Don Wilfredo Espresso.  We think it’s delicious, and they like us too!.

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).