Matiu/Somes Island

Wellington Harbour
Eastbourne, Wellington
Great place for a kids day out. Take the East/West ferry from Wellington.

There are no shops so take your own picnic. Refreshments can be bought on the boat.Very good info centre. Walking tracks, graves,old lighthouse and quarantine station. Also remnants of gun implacements. Fossick on the rocky shore,see lizards basking in the sun and watch the birdlife.Kakariki have been released there.

MAF do ask you check for rats and mice in any bags that are carried on to the island.

Matiu/Somes Island was used as a temporary refuge in times of war in pre-colonial times. In the first half of the twentieth century it was the site of three defence facilities: internment camps for enemy aliens in both World War 1 and World War 2, a degaussing station (1942-45), and a heavy artillery battery (1942-44). Now it is being allowed to revert back to its native flora and fauna.

12 campers are permitted to camp in a former sheep paddock.
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