About Us


We are specialist manufacturers, wholesalers and exporters of:

Games
Toys
Puzzles
Gifts
Souvenirs
Educational Items
Promotional products
Corporate Gifts


Our mission is "Giving a Lifetime of Pleasure", and we strive to ensure our customers and those who play with our products do indeed enjoy them for a lifetime.

Established in 1983, we are based in Christchurch, New Zealand. We manufacture and wholesale to the local and international markets.
We have extensive experience exporting and currently trade with countries including Australia, the USA, United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark and Japan to name a few.
We have a very skilled team who specialize producing high quality products for our discerning customers.

One of our main ranges is BALANCING ANIMALS but we also make and/or wholesale a wide range of other products, including:
Wooden Stand up Jigsaw Animals
Animal Banks (Money Boxes)
Wooden Puzzles
Games
IQ Puzzles
TANTRIX award winning puzzles and games
Homewares and gifts


Additionally we can design and make products to suit your needs, whether they be for your stores or for promotional gifts, premiums or special events.

If you are interested in wholesaling or retailing our products please contact us

Owners & Staff:

The business owners are Adrien and Janet Lefebvre. Adrien is a founding member and has been with the business since it's beginnings in 1983.  Janet is a fully qualified pre school teacher and in addition to helping  Adrien, works as head teacher at the Rainbow Pre School. Together their knowledge and passion for quality educational toys, gifts and puzzles gives Tarata a leading edge.

We employ a number of staff most of whom have been with us for several years. Learning to make our products, especially the Balancing Animals takes years to master and takes dedication, skill and patience. All Balancing Animals are hand cut on specialist machinery. This skill has to be learned over the years, by first making our other products and then once skilled enough, advancing to cut Balancing Animals.  Making these requires close attention to detail, and steady hand and great coordination.  But that is only the beginning.