Mana Island at sunset, viewed from Porirua

Image: Russell Street | Creative Commons

Introduction

Mana Island lies off the west coast of Wellington. A restored woolshed houses historic displays, walking tracks lead to spectacular views and a restored wetland is home to many bird species.

Highlights

Also enjoy a historic lighthouse site and 'concrete gannet colony' installed above the western cliffs to attract gannets to breed there.

Place overview

Facilities

  • Information panels

Activities

  • Bird and wildlife watching
  • Protect our wildlife
    • Check - your gear for pests, eg. rodents, insects, skinks
    • Clean - footwear and gear, removing soil and seeds
    • Seal - ensure your gear is zipped up (no open bags)

    See island biosecurity requirements.

In this section

Find things to do and places to stay Mana Island Scientific Reserve

About this place

Getting there

Landing point, Mana Island. Photo: Kris Ericksen.
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.

Contacts

Kapiti Wellington Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 4 384 7770
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   wellingtonvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   18 - 32 Manners Street
Wellington
6011
Postal Address:   PO Box 10420
The Terrace
Wellington 6143
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