Matiu / Somes Island, Wellington

Categories: Islands, Nature & Parks
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4.5/5 based on 160+ reviews on the web
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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  • This is a great day trip from Wellington. Nice, easy trails and good views back over the harbor to the city. You can also see Wetas here. 
  • Loved it here, so close to the city yet so peaceful. About 20 minutes on the East by West ferry, which leave from the wharf, just a couple of minutes walk from Lambton Quay. We took a small picnic and...  read more »
  • Lived here when it was a quarantine station. Quite an interesting experience lovely in good Wellington weather. Now an interesting place to visit with DOC. 
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