Matiu / Somes Island, Wellington

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Island Hiking Trail
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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  • Mr 52 and I caught the ferry from Queen's Wharf over to Matiu / Somes Island on a beautiful, calm, sunny Wellington day. It cost me $23. Mr 52 went for free since he's a Gold Card holder. The trip too...  more »
  • On an amazing glorious Sunday like Wellington has rarely granted us this year but only Wellington can do like ... there truly is no place on earth quite like Wellington , NZ on a glorious day... a fri...  more »
  • 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 »