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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  • When you look out at Wellington harbour you'll see Matiu/Somes Island in the middle of it. It's reached via a short 15 min East by West ferry trip, which can be caught from the waterfront near Waggama...  more »
  • Very well preserved island, easy to walk around. You can see a few sheep on the peak. Good place to spend a lazy day there.  more »
  • The nice thing about Somes Island is that you can easily reach it with the city ferry. The island itself offers some nice walks, but not a 'must see' in Wellington.  more »
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  • Spectacular views of the entire Wellington harbor. This is a must see for both visitors and locals in the Wellington region.
  • Peaceful scenic walk

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