The island is easily accessed by private boats, with a choice of safe anchorages in and close to Mansion House Bay.
Water taxis and ferries travel to Kawau Island daily from Sandspit Wharf near Warkworth, about one and a half hour's drive north of Auckland.
Know before you go
Visiting Mansion House
- Monday to Friday 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm
- Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 12:00 noon to 3:30 pm
- Closed Christmas Day, and in winter from 1 June to 31 July inclusive
Contact the ranger at least 7 days before you plan to visit:
Phone: +64 9 422 8882
You can also make group bookings online.
Between 1 June and 31 July, the house may be opened by prior arrangement, for groups of 10 or more.
Fees for visiting Mansion House
- Adults $4
- Children (5–15 years) $2
- Under 5 free
Children must be accompanied by an adult. Note that there are no eftpos or credit card facilities at Mansion House.
The Mansion House Cafe is open daily during holiday periods and weekends between Labour weekend (late October) and Queen's Birthday weekend (June). Check opening times by calling the cafe: phone +64 9 422 8903, or Mansion House: phone +64 9 422 8882.
Picnic on the reserve, or at the outdoor tables in Mansion House Valley and strategic points in the reserve.