The Café

Enjoy tempting treats

Home-made and complimented with fresh coffee or order a light café lunch from the menu.

The Café is fully licensed so you can purchase a beer or wine or choose from a selection of cold non-alcoholic beverages. There’s something for the whole family.

The Café can be found at the entrance to Staglands Wildlife Reserve and is a traditional log building constructed with local Douglas Fir. Its’ cosy interior features impressive wooden beams, trusses and posts with a large open fire that blazes throughout winter.

Outside there is an expansive seating area set under shady trees with fantastic views of the pond and eclectic birdlife, with only the peaceful hum of nature to disturb you.

Staglands Café is open to the public so anyone can drop by to unwind & relax and enjoy a pleasant break while driving through the valley or after enjoying one of the local bushwalks.

Please click on the links below to download our menus.

Cafe Menu

Wine List

For special occasions we offer delicious Platters, BBQ and Dessert Menu or our popular Staglands Roasters & Desserts Menu

Don’t forget at Staglands, we also host children’s parties, Christmas parties, and weddings!

The Cafe, surrounding BBQ area and The Nook, a separate room within The Cafe are available for hire.

Hire the Cafe*

Only available after 5pm. Includes the adjacent BBQ deck and outdoor area if required and/or The Nook.

Can fit up to 100 people standing or 60 seated inside to 80 seated outside.

$120 per hour + $30 per hour staff charge. If we do the catering, we may waive the staff charge.

Minimum 3 hours hire applies.

Hire of The Nook*

The Nook is a separate room within The Cafe. It can fit up to 25 people seated.

Available 9.30am - 5pm.

$80 per hour. Minimum 3 hours hire applies.

(*May not be available during school holidays and public holidays)

Free Hire of BBQ Deck beside The Café

This is usually available for large groups to hire free of charge. An $80 booking fee only applies for the 6 weekends prior to Christmas. It's ideal for groups up to 40 (depending on the mix of adults and children).

If you would like to use this for a special function or Christmas party give us a call or email us to discuss further.

Please note the following with regards to all hire information above: 

All prices include GST. A 50% non-refundable deposit is required to secure hire of The Café. This can be paid by credit card, direct credit or cash. A surcharge may apply during public holiday weekends. No BYO alcohol. A $60 clean up fee applies if self-catering - we also have crockery available for hire. Minimum numbers may apply. 

Contact us for further information for your fantastic function at Staglands! 

For other occasions such as children’s parties and weddings, we have special packages available to suit your needs. 

Prices are correct as of August 2021 and may be subject to change. 

Email us to book an event on one of our venue spaces

Contact us for further information for your fantastic function at Staglands!

Let us know more about the event you're planning and we will get back to you with more details on which special packages best suit your needs.

Explore Staglands

Staglands Wildlife Reserve offers an exciting day out for anyone visiting the Wellington region. Connect with the friendly animals, native birds and its natural beauty as you journey around this unique reserve!

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What’s On At Staglands

There’s always lots on at Staglands! Read on to find out more about our latest news and offers, activities for children, photo competition and more.

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Plan Your Visit

Our Reserve is open every day from 9.30am until 5pm and our Café from 10.00am until 4.30pm. For prices, directions and everything else you need to plan your visit read on.

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One of the best places to go around Wellington, especially with kids! Lovely, very friendly and funny animals, beautiful surroundings. For the 3+ hours we spent there, we smiled and laughed as much as for the previous week? month? :-) Little historical area within the reserve is another remarkable spot.

Alexey Volkov

The staff are very welcoming. The animals were super interactive, sometimes to an amusing extent (being followed by a guinea fowl horde was hilarious). The place is huge, and I think we saw about 98% of it. A beautiful array of feathered friends, fish and furry creatures. Was definitely worth the drive. I'll pop by next time I visit NZ.

Nowhere Town

Enjoyed wandering through and petting the animals. Great for a family visit, lots of good picnic spots if you don't want to go to the cafe.

Thomas Beagle

100% recommend !!!! You get to pet a lot of animals ! I was hoping the pigs to be roaming around the grass area, but I was still able to pet them over the fence. It’s a huge reserve and got space to do picnics ! I would recommend giving yourself at least 3 hours to see everything ! They got other attractions like a train tour and apparently weddings too. You can walk along the river and feed trouts at the pond. A lot of birds just walking about so won’t recommend if you’re afraid of birds. 

Dana Young

"Easy way to fill in a fun filled day with the children. Awesome set up, reasonable price, and can take your own lunch or eat in the Cafe. Perfect!"

Emma McGregor

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