Matiu/Somes Island

Matiu/Somes Island is a tranquil retreat for both wildlife and visitors

matiu somes island aerial view of island in middle of harbour


Wellington Harbour


Matiu/Somes Island
Wellington Harbour


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Situated in the middle of Wellington's stunning harbour, visitors can wander amid native plant and bird life while tracing the island's extraordinary history.

The island was home to Maori, has two pa sites, and was also used as an alien internment camp and quarantine station. 

matiu somes island little blue penguin on rocks CREDIT wildlifeleelo
matiu somes island park ranger shearing sheep
matiu somes island tuatara CREDIT leonberardnz
matiu somes island harbour ferry passengers going to island

Māori have occupied this island for generations. In more recent times, Matiu/Somes Island has served as a human and animal quarantine station, an internment camp, and a military defence position. It is now a Department of Conservation scientific and historic reserve.

The island can be accessed on The East By West ferry which runs daily.

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