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Matiu / Somes Island

| Wellington Harbour, Wellington, New Zealand
+64 4-384 7770
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| Wellington Harbour, Wellington, New Zealand
+64 4-384 7770
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Oh my Wellington! What a treat to visit or, better still, book one of the two baches for rent and stay overnight. This little island is bang in the centre of the harbour and has been converted back from a bare grass and rock quarantine...More

Thank Mary L
Reviewed 11 July 2017

Went there with kids aged 8 to 15 years old . The walks were not to long with plenty of interesting places to rest, like the old gun enplacements, lighthouse, ect. Great veiws and wildlife with interesting history lessons throwen into the mix.If you take...More

1  Thank bdfox
Reviewed 16 June 2017

We spent a good three hours here but that wasn't enough to explore all that the island had to offer. Being a scientific reserve, you have to ensure that you were animal/pest-free before exploring, but otherwise, the entire island is yours to explore. There's a...More

Thank whiteknight2612
Reviewed 25 April 2017

Mr 52 and I caught the ferry from Queen's Wharf over to Matiu / Somes Island on a beautiful, calm, sunny Wellington day. It cost me $23. Mr 52 went for free since he's a Gold Card holder. The trip took about 20 minutes on...More

1  Thank BigZed52
Reviewed 23 April 2017

On an amazing glorious Sunday like Wellington has rarely granted us this year but only Wellington can do like ... there truly is no place on earth quite like Wellington , NZ on a glorious day... a friend and I got the ferry from Wellington...More

1  Thank jaypot2015
Reviewed 13 April 2017

An excellent destination for a 2-3 hour walk, with outstanding views of the inner harbour from a different perspective. Interesting little highlights to look at along the way, including the old animal quarantine station, history of the wartime interns that were held on the island,...More

Thank DexterD2013
Reviewed 11 April 2017

What a amazing place to be, my first trip there and was totally blown away by the stillness and beautiful scenery. The weather was. Faultless. We had a guid that took us around, and was very informative,showed you the wild life that lives on the...More

Thank Anne3826
Reviewed 24 March 2017

This trip from Wellington waterfront by boat takes half a day and is well worth it; the island has an interesting past as a prison camp for WW2 internees and as a quarantine station. They have managed to rid the island of pets, allowing native...More

Thank Flywalkcycleswim
Reviewed 22 March 2017

Well worth a day trip - take your lunch! The ranger meets you on arrival and gets you to do a bag inspection for unwanted predators. The history of this island is wonderful, such a varied past. It is possible to stay overnight in the...More

Thank Jill D
Reviewed 18 March 2017

Love history and wildlife? Jump on the boat and get a guided tour of Matiu. There were only two of us and we had a wonderful time. Easy walk around the island with great views. We actually saw a tuatara sunning itself on the path...More

Thank HelenJG786
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Kowal A
21 February 2017|
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Response from Leanneasaurus | Reviewed this property |
As you will have seen no, there isn't a Seatoun ferrry. We usually go from Days Bay because there is free parking there, and good coffee, ice-creams and food over the road so you can get your fix before leaving.
13 January 2015|
Response from Leanneasaurus | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it is a great place to take the kids. I think you could even get around with a buggy for a lot of the island. There is one very steep track but you wouldn't need to go up it. Just take all you need for the day... More