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. Arrange to visit Matiu / Somes Island and other attractions in Wellington using our Wellington travel planner .
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  • There's something about being on an island that feels like the middle-of-nowhere yet being able to see the capital city of the country and hear the traffic noise across the harbour! We were here in a ...  more »
  • We took the little ferry over on a sunny Saturday morning. It was quite busy. On arrival, you are met by a DOC volunteer and are asked to make sure you are not bringing any insects etc. onto the islan...  more »
  • I've always thought that the best way to enjoy nature is just to put yourself in a beautiful place like this, open your eyes and ears, and hope you'll see something memorable. If you're lucky - if the...  more »
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  • Great views, interesting history, nice walks.
  • Spectacular views of the entire Wellington harbor. This is a must see for both visitors and locals in the Wellington region.
  • Perfect little island. Peaceful and beautiful
  • Peaceful scenic walk

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