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Karaka Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Cafe, New Zealand, Polynesian, Gluten Free Options
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Jervois Quay | Taranaki Wharf, Wellington Wellington 6011, New Zealand
+64 4-916 8369
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wed - Fri 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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52 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It was a beautiful warm and sunny Friday afternoon and my daughter and I met her friend there after work. The place was buzzing and the young man was so accommodating to us hence the service was great. No brandy! to drink but had bourbon and the smell itself bought back wonderful memories of younger years. We sat on the... More 

1 Thank travelbug663
Tauranga, New Zealand
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24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The food was average and fair for the money it cost. The service was slow at times but it was New Years Eve. After 10 pm people could not be in the outdoor dining area which was silly. Staff were unable to answer what time the bar would close and did not find out either. It was an okay place... More 

1 Thank JollyJolene
Keri R, Owner at Karaka Cafe, responded to this review

Kia ora JollyJolene, thank you for the review, I am sorry we didn't meet your expectations on this evening. Our venue is only licensed "outside" until 10pm so hence people could not sit out there and drink alcohol after 10pm. There is no negotiation on this for the outside spaces, as our council laws prohibit us from applying for a... More 

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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food, coffee and shakes at Karaka Cafe are always top notch. Even better sitting on the beanbags on the grass front by the water taking in the atmosphere. Highly recommended spot for a lazy lunch and wine [or beer].

1 Thank Daniel B
Canberra, Australia
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60 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived before opening but they happily accommodated us. Really good coffee and food with a real homemade feel - delicious scones and muffins and the eggs benedict was fabulous - perfectly cooked eggs and a great pumpkin and potato hash underneath. Friendly service and a lovely way to start the day sitting outside by the water.

1 Thank The6travellers
Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful place to dine, we came her for a grad lunch and it was great. greeted with New Zealand's native language from foreign staff members which i found welcoming, and beautifully spoken, just the smallest gestures like these hold a lasting impression. i love how most of everything was based around maori clture. to the serving plates and pots to... More 

1 Thank mars981
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148 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

As good as it gets on a fine day. Great spot. Service is kiwi as casual. Music kiwi as. Kai (food). Yep also kiwi. Must try Muttonbird pate. New Zealand's own fatty sea duck turned into something delicious! Top tip. When there's a southerly blowing but the sun is shining. Head here. Perfectly sheltered and gets last sun of the... More 

Thank Ham M
Wellington, New Zealand
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22 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The best view of Iwi Maori culture in the city. The carved waka often out on the water catch a ride just great. The cafe has great traditional and contemporary food, music and staff. manaakitanga is the name of the game Manaakitanga means to take care of you the visitor. Inside outside its all good.

Thank Liz M
Wellington, New Zealand
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25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Great food and atmosphere, plus very friendly staff. Highly recommend going here for a meal (especially on a sunny day)

Thank kirkmcdowall
Wellington, New Zealand
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2016

Karaka Café is lovely. Wonderful Music, Service, Food. A Wonderful Café to go to. Take a lunch break, take friends, go any time during the day, really lovely

Thank Susan P
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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106 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2016

While visiting for only a few hours in Wellington we found this cafe. Highly recommend it. Main thing for us was wi-fi and spent considerable time there. Staff was great, friendly, and understanding.

Thank John A

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$3 - $19
Cafe, New Zealand, Polynesian, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Cash Only, Free Wifi
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Scenic view, Kids
Open Hours
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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
Karaka Café is a beautiful, modern, fully licensed 100-seater café, and summer bar open 7 days a week. Brought to life by the summer sun and fresh ocean sea, we boast the tastes and aromas of traditional New Zealand cuisine. From our modern style Hangi and Eggs Benedict with our signature smoked hangi hash brown. Whether you're looking for casual dining for breakfast or lunch, or a delicious selection of platters and drinks for those fabulous summer afternoons and early evenings - Karaka Café is where it is at. Enjoy the ambiance of our beautiful indoor environment or the outside bistro dining or relax on the terraced grassed areas on Whairepo Lagoon. We are an iconic piece of Wellington's waterfront. Come and dine with us and live the 'Karaka Experience' with us!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?