Guided trips to Mana Island with FOMI

Each year we run about 20 guided trips to Mana Island. These depart from Mana Marina, Porirua. (Note – dates for the new season beginning August 2018 will be posted in July 2018 approx.)

The cost is $50 per person for members of Friends of Mana Island, and $60 for non-members.

A trained guide will take you around the island and provide information about the many highlights. This includes historical information as well as details about the restoration projects, current activities and wildlife. From the top of the island there are great views of the South Island, Kapiti Island, Makara wind turbines and more. We will stop for lunch along the way.

The walk requires a reasonable level of fitness with some hill tracks. Or you may decide to stay on the lower areas of the island and go at your own pace.

Read comments from visitors. 

Or watch this cool video about a guided trip

This is a very popular day excursion, and the boat fills up quickly. Here are the dates for the season through until June 2018, (numbers available as at 20 February). Trips that are currently full often have spaces at the last minute, so it’s worth wait-listing on a full trip if the date suits you. 


  • Saturday 10 March (full)
  • Sunday 11 March (full)
  • Saturday 24 March (full)
  • Saturday 7 April (full)
  • Sunday 8 April (full)
  • Sunday 22 April (full)
  • Saturday 12 May (full)
  • Sunday 13 May (full)
  • Saturday 9 June (3 places)
  • Sunday 10 June (28 places)

Quick details

  • To book – Please send an email, with your mobile number, to – 
  • Confirm your place on the boat – with names and, if possible, mobile phone numbers to
  • Specially chartered trips – These may be available on other dates. Please contact us by email to discuss.
  • Timings – You will need to be at Mana Marina at 8.30am for a 9am departure. The boat will leave the island around 3pm, to return to Mana Marina at about 3.30pm.
  • Payment –  You will be asked to pay to our bank account about a week before your trip.

Preparing for the trip

You will need to bring all your own water, lunch and snacks.

Be prepared for heat, cold, sun, wind and rain. Mana Island is very exposed and the weather can change quickly. Four seasons in one day!


The trip is weather dependent and may be cancelled the day before – you will receive a full refund or rebooking if this happens.

The trip will also be cancelled if we can’t fill the boat although this doesn’t often happen! FOMI cannot afford to make a loss on the trip.

Meet at Mana Marina to catch the boat

Meet your guide at the Mana Marina carpark, in the location shown in the photo below. There is free parking available. It is a two-minute walk from here to the boat. Please don’t go directly to the boat. We need to do a biosecurity check in the carpark. 

Map of Mana Marina

Map of Mana Marina

Biosecurity on the island

Mana Island is predator free and it is vital that remains this way. Please read the biosecurity information from DOC below: 

Also – Rodent control on Mana – describes the measures used by DOC on Mana Island, including the use of brodicafoum.


Facilities on the island

There is a toilet located near the boat landing place. 

Make sure you bring enough water and food for the day as there are no supplies for visitors to the island.


Self-guided trail around Mana Island

If you would like to walk around the island without a guide, Friends of Mana Island has produced a brochure especially for this purpose. It is available in the woodshed on the island, together with a map. Or you can download and print both items from here before you visit:

Self-guided trail brochure – the sites listed in this brochure match marker posts around the island.

Map of Mana Island showing walking tracks – shows the range of tracks on the island, with sites of interest matching the self-guided trail brochure.


Department of Conservation (DOC) Information about Mana Island

DOC have a web page on Mana Island where you can find their Mana Island fact sheet and other info.

An island pests brochure from DOC outlines how to help protect New Zealand’s offshore islands from pest animals, plants and insects.

Gift vouchers

Are you looking for a gift with a difference? We have colourful gift vouchers available for a guided trip to Mana Island. To get yours email

Friends of Mana Island wish you a very enjoyable visit to the island!