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Matiu / Somes Island

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

This is a must visit Island in the middle of Wellington Harbour. The East By West Ferry makes trips to Matiu/Somes Islands regularly. Check their website for timetable. Ideal conditions to visit are summer or any day when the sea is not rough and when...More

Thank KiwiTesse
Reviewed 10 July 2018

I love this place, as going there reminded me of the trip I took to Alcatraz. There's a fascinating quarantine and imprisonment history to the place that not everyone knows. I particularly loved seeing Wellington and the Hutt Valley from a new angle... it was...More

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Reviewed 3 July 2018

This is a small island. You have to go thru a bio-check after getting down from ferry. East West ferry has a stop at this place. One can reach different view points by walk and enjoy beautiful views. No vehicle are there in this island....More

Thank bkdashbbsr
Reviewed 9 May 2018

Lovely views, Super good value considering all you pay for is transport to the island. Nice walks, you might even see a tuatara. Weta Hotels are one of my favourite part. You book to stay a night on the island either at the campsite or...More

Thank KaylinC28
Reviewed 29 April 2018 via mobile

Our family had made day trips in the past, but I really wanted to use the facilities and stay overnight. Booking on line was easy! DOC have 2 houses available($200/ night for up to 8 people), while there is also a camping ground. We chose...More

Thank EricaM3018
Reviewed 2 April 2018

A nice place to escape the city and have a quiet walk. Look for the kakariki they found their dream place on Soames and are thriving.

Thank nathalierp2017
Reviewed 2 April 2018

Ok in you don't mind walking up hills. Great views, can be windy. Lots of places to picnic and take in the view. Interesting site info.

Thank RachBoys
Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

Enjoyed our adventure to some island. The ferry ride was great and a new experience for our kids. The island is pristine, the doc staff and volunteers are passionate about what they do. The views from the island back to Wellington was fantastic. We all...More

Thank ScoopNSony
Reviewed 31 March 2018

We visited this island on a guided tour (although you can visit without a guide). Our guide was smelly, had dirty clothing and did not seem very knowledgeable. We had been led to believe that we would see lots of wildlife. As it turned out...More

Thank Maureen G
Reviewed 18 March 2018 via mobile

Moitu/Somes island provides historic value and a wildlife sanctuary in Wellington harbor. After a brief introduction to the island and a bio-screening of bags and shoes to prevent introduction of vermin and foreign plants to the island, visitors can stroll well-maintained paths around and across...More

Thank SDTwit
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17 February 2018|
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Response from CarolDM1900 | Reviewed this property |
There must be a utility vehicle or two on the island, as there are roads, plus a visitor center and some simple lodging to service. But, without knowing for sure, I would tend to doubt that they'd be available for visitor... More
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