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Karaka Cafe

New Zealand, Polynesian
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1 Cable Street | Taranaki Wharf, Wellington Wellington 6011, New Zealand
+64 4-916 8369
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  • 25
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  • 31
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 13
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Relax with Friends

After a hard week and a day-long seminar, we retreated to Karaka for drinks. A beautiful calm, clear autumnal day in Wellington, sitting outside in the late afternoon sun overlooking the lagoon, waka ama and rowing skiffs ,around a table fitting ten was a treat... the drinks almost forgotten... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
Keith C
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Kapiti Coast, New Zealand
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  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
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Kapiti Coast, New Zealand
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78 reviews 78 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

After a hard week and a day-long seminar, we retreated to Karaka for drinks. A beautiful calm, clear autumnal day in Wellington, sitting outside in the late afternoon sun overlooking the lagoon, waka ama and rowing skiffs ,around a table fitting ten was a treat... the drinks almost forgotten. Almost! A wide range of wines and tap and bottled beers... More 

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Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
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66 reviews 66 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

We happened upon this cafe as it seemed to be the only cafe open before 10am on a Sunday, on the Wellington waterfront. We were pleasantly surprised at what was on offer here. I was excited to see a dish on the menu with Black Pudding in it! Although I didn't go for the breakfast dish as it was a... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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186 reviews 186 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

It was the folk outside on beanbags that drew our attention to Karaka - so we called in for a coffee. Very friendly and helpful staff - we ended up sitting at a table under an umbrella as it was too hot for us to try the beanbags (but plenty were). Good coffee the only negative was that because it... More 

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Queenstown, New Zealand
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 via mobile

We loved the food and the service but more importantly the entertainment. Some of the best voices sitting around having a jam session. Ps the scenery of the water and kids splashing around and relaxed atmosphere topped off a great arvo.

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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42 reviews 42 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

With 3 Danish visitors, I was looking for authentic Maori food in Wellington. Here at the Karaka Cafe, right on the waterfront, with views over the lagoon, is the ideal spot. A shared hangi for 4 people cost just $65, and we needed a doggy-bag to take home what we couldn't finish! It included chicken, pork, kumara, pumpkin, zucchini, water-cress... More 

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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127 restaurant reviews
213 helpful votes 213 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 via mobile

After a visit to Te Papa on a hot day we dropped into Karaka for a coffee. It was great to see people just enjoying relaxing outside on beanbags and we were really impressed when a bottle of tap water and a couple of glasses were placed on our table without us asking. Then when the coffee arrived it was... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

A delightful quirk that takes full advantage of the beautiful location of this cafe. Beanbags for use on the terrace overlooking the water. Lovely. This is a great cafe for both a takeaway coffee or for a meal. Reasonably priced options (didn't try the dinner menu - breakfast seemed on par/average cost). Lovely selection of goodies (savoury and sweet) in... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Only two of us. Got the wrong order. Waited nearly an hour for food in total! Ordered fish of day drowned in butter, tiny pack of cards piece of fish. Token two lettuce leaves. Only Half a potato scalloped. Waiter was lovely and apologetic. However totally shocked at Bar Managers attitude - complained not 200g of fish. To receive a... More 

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Queenstown, New Zealand
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Do not recommend at all. Cold food cold coffee poor service. Would never return. Go somewhere else even if it's a 20 min walk away

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015 via mobile

Good location close to Te Papa museum with nice decor and friendly service. Houses a waka/Maori canoe while looking over a small lagoon. Good choice of indoor or outdoor spaces to chill or dine.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1 Cable Street | Taranaki Wharf, Wellington Wellington 6011, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wellington
  • Phone Number: +64 4-916 8369

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: New Zealand, Polynesian

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