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Karaka Cafe

New Zealand, Polynesian
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Jervois Quay | Taranaki Wharf, Wellington Wellington 6011, New Zealand
+64 4-916 8369
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Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Drinks, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 14
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  • 15
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great cafe for brunch or lunch

On a fine day you cant beat this venue Sitting outside in the sun overlooking the lagoon. Good service, coffee and cafe food

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 15, 2015
STUMAN24
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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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English first
Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Hi guys. I bought my two managers to your cafe to do our business planning. We had booked the big table upstairs. It was awesome! We ordered lunch and within 10-15mins it was there. It was well presented and tasted lovely. Your waiting staff came to see us often to make sure we were okay. The service was great. Thanks... More 

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Greater Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

The cafe was so so when we visited as a family group of six 16/9. After waiting 90 minutes we were getting concerned they had forgotten us. I'm sure the had. When we asked they assured us that the food was on its way. It finally arrived and was not to bad apart from very cold coffee. There were no... More 

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Oamaru, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Unfortunately we only had a short stopover here, but will definitely return on our next trip to the city. This is definitely somewhere you could settle into - it is very comfortable and has a relaxing atmosphere. The most notable thing for me was the number of staff and their cheerful willingness. Look forward to returning.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

A lovely spot on the waterfront. Good coffee, great service and really tasty breakfasts in a modern setting. It was great to be offered breakfasts with a Maori twist. Eggs Benedict with eel and the smoky hangi flavours of the hash made a wonderful change from more traditional breakfasts. The Karaka quickly became our go to cafe in Wellington.

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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

On a fine day you cant beat this venue Sitting outside in the sun overlooking the lagoon. Good service, coffee and cafe food

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Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We went for breakfast and stayed for lunch too. Our waiter was a delight - so friendly and helpful. We started in the tabled area and had the eggs benedict, which was the best I've ever tasted. We then progressed down to the beanbags closer to the water and had a delicious iced coffee while we enjoyed the sunshine and... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Drinks are yummy. Especially the iced chocolate. The vermicelli noodle salad in the cabinet is yum and other cabinet food looks good. However eggs benedict was just ok.. Wee bit tasteless. Outside seating is super nice on a good day and there is beanbags on the waterfront. Worth making a visit

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015 via mobile

Waited 45 mins for lunch. It arrived with no apology, explanation or cutlery. Waiter said he'd be back with some but never came back so I went and grabbed some myself. Was told while paying that they were one chef done so struggling to get orders out. Didn't inform us of this (or the expected wait time for food) while... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Karaka is in a wonderful location, overlooking an inner city lagoon. It's a cafe with a relaxed, local style. The food is pretty much what you'd find in any place around town. It's okay, but there is nothing that stands out on the menu as 'stand out.' They were busy when we visited on Sunday and, under these conditions, the... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

After attending the Wellington farmers Market on Sunday, Elizabeth and I decided that we would have lunch at the Karaka café - hoping that we would be treated to some traditional Maori fare. We were pleasantly greeted at the door, given a menu and told to find a table - this was the start of some rather erratic service. The... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

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  • Cuisine: New Zealand, Polynesian

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