Matiu / Somes Island, Wellington
(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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  • Take the ferry over from Wellington wharf and visit Matiu/Somes Island, its a great day trip or even a morning or afternoon trip to just spend a couple of hours over there. The Island is predator-free...  more »
  • Great day trip. Take the ferry from any of the many wharves around the harbour. Take a picnic, take in the scenery. 
  • Catch the East/West ferry from Wellington or Days Bay with a picnic lunch and spend at least 4 hours exploring a bit of Wellington history, checking out the native birds that are living preditor free ...  more »