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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  • Easily reached by ferry from downtown Wellington or Days Bay in the Hutt. Great walks, wildlife, WW2 installations, lighthouse. Very cool to stay overnight on then you can explore after dark for Giant...  more »
  • I had a great day out exploring Matiu island. I had lovely weather - its quite exposed, with not much shelter, so keep an eye on the weather. Plenty of maintained trails and wildlife to look for. 
  • Somes Island is a short ferry trip from Wellington Harbour. We caught the 10.00 ferry and the 12.50 return, time for a picnic and a walk around the Island. We saw over 50 Skinks as we walked along the...  more »