Matiu / Somes Island, Wellington

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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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  • An excellent destination for a 2-3 hour walk, with outstanding views of the inner harbour from a different perspective. Interesting little highlights to look at along the way, including the old animal...  more »
  • What a amazing place to be, my first trip there and was totally blown away by the stillness and beautiful scenery. The weather was. Faultless. We had a guid that took us around, and was very informati...  more »
  • This trip from Wellington waterfront by boat takes half a day and is well worth it; the island has an interesting past as a prison camp for WW2 internees and as a quarantine station. They have managed...  more »