Matiu/Somes Island is a tranquil retreat for both wildlife and visitors
Matiu/Somes Island is located smack bang in the middle of Wellington Harbour.
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.
This stunning nature reserve is a haven for endangered native birds and other wildlife, and features a long list of historic and ecological attractions. You’ll travel through thriving native forest and plant life on your way to visit WWII gun emplacements, old quarantine buildings, and a quaint lighthouse.