Matiu / Somes Island

Spectacular views with history

Feel the wind in your hair as you ride the East by West Ferry to predator-free Matiu/Somes Island. The scientific reserve is home to tuatara and little blue penguins among other species of both flora and fauna native to New Zealand. Explore the island’s history as a quarantine station and war-time prison.

  • Unique views of Wellington and the Hutt Valley
  • Feel like you're miles away while you can still see the city
  • Guided walks available (booking essential)

Matiu/Somes Island is located in the centre of the Wellington Harbour. The East by West Ferry can take you there.

Telephone: +64 4 384 7770

Website: DOC - Matiu/Somes Island