Photo: Steve Attwood

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


Rata offers a seasonal breakfast and lunch menu using a variety of fresh local produce, including items from our organic on-site vege garden, as well as a selection of boutique wines and craft beers.

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

Venue for hire

Rata is available as a venue to hire for weddings, corporate and family celebrations

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.

Keeping Conservation In Mind

Being environmentally-sustainable and socially responsible is a no brainer for us. So we only use free range pork, chicken and eggs. Our fruit and veggies are seasonal and locally-sourced wherever possible. Our milk is organic and all our coffee is organic and fair trade. All our packaging is biodegradable and even our cleaning products are friendly to the environment.

Rata Café is also proud member of Conscious Consumers, with the highest number of badges of any business in New Zealand.

Veg/Vegan Sustainable Seafood Recycling Organic Local Generosity Fair Trade Eco-Packaging Composting BYO Containers