Matiu / Somes Island, Wellington
(4.5/5 based on 160+ reviews on the web)
Take a boat out to Matiu / Somes Island and experience the wealth of endemic plant and animal life in this sanctuary protected for scientific research and biodiversity. Thanks to the removal of rats and other non-native pests in the late 1980s, as well as strict cultivation methods that keep the island free from non-indigenous species, visitors can enjoy the site as a window into New Zealand's natural heritage. Among other rare and endangered species, the island provides a crucial home for the world's smallest penguin, the aptly named little penguin (known as korora in Maori). Explore the island's scenic routes while learning about its managed biodiversity and the importance of cultivation projects to the protection of New Zealand's environment. Use our Wellington vacation builder to add Matiu / Somes Island and other attractions to your Wellington vacation plans.
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  • Ferries depart from Queens Wharf ($23 return) and take about 20 minutes to get to the island. The island was first used as a quarantine island in the 1870's for immigrants. There is a memorial on the ...  more »
  • Beautiful ferry trip to the Island from Queens Wharf - and very informative briefing of the island's history and current status. Gorgeous easy walks - clearly with amazing views. Stay for two hours or...  more »
  • This is a great day trip from Wellington. Nice, easy trails and good views back over the harbor to the city. You can also see Wetas here.