Mana Island at sunset, viewed from Porirua

Image: Russell Street | Creative Commons


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.


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

Place overview


  • Information panels


  • Bird and wildlife watching

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

About this place

Getting there

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.

All drone use must be authorised by DOC

A concession is required to fly a drone on any public conservation land.


Kapiti Wellington Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 4 384 7770
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   18 - 32 Manners Street
Postal Address:   PO Box 10420
The Terrace
Wellington 6143
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