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Waiapu Road | Karori, Wellington, New Zealand
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  • Excellent21%
  • Very good63%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible5%
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“bread” (2 reviews)
“kids menu” (3 reviews)
“hidden cafe” (2 reviews)
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Cafe, New Zealand, Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
Waiapu Road | Karori, Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed April 10, 2017 via mobile

This is one of the best cafes attached to an attraction that I've been too. Often they treat food as an afterthought, but Rata had some delicious offerings. Our eggs were perfectly poached and the Benedict portions were perfect. The homemade hash browns were also...More

Thank Empyrerose
Reviewed March 30, 2017

Perched above the entrance to Zealandia wildlife is a trendy cafe with oodles of vegan and vegetarian options, good coffee and a wine list. A perfect place for lunch, to catch-up with friends or a nice vino. The view of the lake and Zealandia is...More

Thank lve2travelfar
Reviewed March 2, 2017

This is Zealandia's (the Karori wildlife sanctuary) cafe, so it's a beautiful place to sit and enjoy a meal. The food is a bit pricey, but it is very good and well worth it for a special treat on a day out. They change their...More

Thank Canada-Oz
Reviewed January 6, 2017 via mobile

Situated in the Zealandia sanctuary, the Rata Cafe offers good quality meals surrounded by nature at its best and all in the city. A wide variety of meals are available including gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options, as well as good coffee. A good spot...More

Thank TwoFP
Reviewed December 17, 2016

I had breakfast at Rata as part of a tour of Zealandia Sanctuary, with a group of six people. The staff were friendly and willing to change things from the menu. Most breakfast items were around the $15-$18. There was a range from which to...More

Thank Amanda E
Reviewed July 31, 2016 via mobile

The food looks very good, my partners , mixed Buddha plate with pita bread, was good. My vegan burger was average. I would say, they should look for different patties for the burger.Maybe change the bread, kind of difficult to eat without creating a mess...More

Thank India2012
Reviewed July 24, 2016

Always a favourite when I visit Wellington. Rata does great cabinet food if you are in a hurry. There is a menu as well but delivery time may be slow in the the week-ends. Very good craft beers on tap & most of the food...More

Thank zhuhai2007
Reviewed May 30, 2016

I have eaten here several times and found the food to always be very good, but service can be slow, especially if they are busy. Even coffee and a sandwich seems to take more time than down on Lambton Quay. Nice environment at Zealandia.

Thank John S
Reviewed April 11, 2016

This cafe is situated in the wonderful Zealandia wildlife reserve. This overcomes some of the shortcomings in the menu. They do lunches but not dinners and offer a mix of cabinet food and meals prepared to order. Table service is only for those who book...More

Thank BHarmer
Reviewed March 15, 2016

This is a great restaurant to have brunch before you spend the day at Zealandia. We sat outside, service was good, food was okay. Great location.

Thank TravellingWahine
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Waiapu Road | Karori, Wellington, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wellington
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