Landing point, Mana Island
The 217 hectare island is only 2.5 km from the mainland at its closest point.
Visitors are welcome to Mana Island between 8.00 am and 5.00 pm. Access may be made only in the bay between the old woolshed and the wharf. Boats must remain offshore after visitors have landed.
Two moorings, marked by red buoys, are available in the bay for daytime use. They are not available for overnight mooring.
Dinghies may be pulled up the beach after transporting passengers from their boat.
'Friends of Mana Island' sometimes run day excursions with a guided tour of the island.
For transport options contact the Wellington Visitor Centre.
Know before you go
Everything on Mana Island is protected and nothing may be removed. Fires and smoking are not permitted. Dogs and other pets may not be taken onto the island.
Unwanted pests and weeds
The most likely way pest animals and plants can invade the island is by stowing away on or in your footwear or gear, or on your vessel or kayak. It’s easy to pick one up. Rats can squeeze through a 12mm gap, mice can squeeze through a 7mm gap, insects and mice could hide in your bag, weeds, seeds and soil cling to clothing and shoes.
Check your gear and vessel before you set out, every time. Ensure that your clothing, footwear and luggage is free of plant material including seeds and foliage.
Once checked keep your bags tightly closed and keep food supplies in sealed containers.
What to do if you find a pest
- On the mainland: get rid of the pest and clean your gear again.
- On your own boat or in your kayak: make sure the pest has been destroyed before you land. Don't throw rats/mice overboard as they can swim. Return to the mainland to deal with the pest if you need to.
- On a commercial boat: tell the crew what you have found and where it is.