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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  • August 9, 2017
    Oh my Wellington! What a treat to visit or, better still, book one of the two baches for rent and stay overnight. This little island is bang in the centre of the harbour and has been converted back fr...  more »
  • July 10, 2017
    Went there with kids aged 8 to 15 years old . The walks were not to long with plenty of interesting places to rest, like the old gun enplacements, lighthouse, ect. Great veiws and wildlife with intere...  more »
  • June 15, 2017
    We spent a good three hours here but that wasn't enough to explore all that the island had to offer. Being a scientific reserve, you have to ensure that you were animal/pest-free before exploring, but...  more »

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