Ratana is near Whanganui and Marton in the Manawatu-Wanganui Region, which developed around the Ratana church there. It is a site of pilgrimage for the Maori followers of the Ratana faith.
State Highway 3 is located 2 km to the northeast of Ratana pa. This national state highway, connects Whanganui (20 km to the north) and Bulls (27km to the South).
The nearest airport is Whanganui Airport, located 22 km to the northwest of the Ratana.