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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  • Moitu/Somes island provides historic value and a wildlife sanctuary in Wellington harbor. After a brief introduction to the island and a bio-screening of bags and shoes to prevent introduction of verm...  more »
  • went over on a windy sunny day, great visit and wind wasnt an issue over there, boat trip is cheap and good, staff were brilliant and helpful, showed us stuff and knew all the answers to any questions...  more »
  • Easy to get here on the East to West Ferries from Queens Wharf. Had a lovely time and walked around the island twice skink, bird and view watching. Would be keen to come back and do an overnight trip.  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 👍
  • A beautiful island. Nice and inexpensive day trip from wellington!
  • Really interesting learning the history of the island
  • Spectacular views of the entire Wellington harbor. This is a must see for both visitors and locals in the Wellington region.

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