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. Use our Wellington vacation builder to add Matiu / Somes Island and other attractions to your Wellington vacation plans.
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  • Getting there - round way ticket $23 purchased at the Queens Wharf. Ferry ride was smooth, took about 20min. Getting around - some parts may be a bit steep but the track is well made paved road most o...  more »
  • Somes Island requires taking the Days Bay ferry which has infrequent crossings. That's the downside, so ensure you plan ahead and expect it to take most of the day. Once there it's an interesting enou...  more »
  • Easily reached by ferry from downtown Wellington or Days Bay in the Hutt. Great walks, wildlife, WW2 installations, lighthouse. Very cool to stay overnight on then you can explore after dark for Giant...  more »