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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  • Lovely views, Super good value considering all you pay for is transport to the island. Nice walks, you might even see a tuatara. Weta Hotels are one of my favourite part. You book to stay a night on t...  more »
  • Our family had made day trips in the past, but I really wanted to use the facilities and stay overnight. Booking on line was easy! DOC have 2 houses available($200/ night for up to 8 people), while th...  more »
  • A nice place to escape the city and have a quiet walk. Look for the kakariki they found their dream place on Soames and are thriving.  more »
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  • Beautiful Island and first lighthouse I've seen up close. Easy walking tracks with gorgeous views. We had a picnic at the top, do take your own food and drink as there's none for sale on the island. Also, you can swim by the wharf if you want to.
  • Great day out exploring with the kids. Wear good walking shoes and pack a nice lunch 👍
  • An amazing island with good views of Wellington and lots of native wildlife
  • A beautiful island. Nice and inexpensive day trip from wellington!
  • Really interesting learning the history of the island
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