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“Great day trip” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Matiu / Somes Island

Matiu / Somes Island
Wellington Harbour, Wellington, New Zealand
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Ranked #12 of 125 Attractions in Wellington
Type: Islands, Outdoors
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Wellington, New Zealand
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Great day trip”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

Great day trip. Caught water taxi from Wellington. Packed a good lunch with wine. Had great picnic lying in sun. Great views towards cook strait. Spent afternoon exploring island and trying to see as much wildlife as possible. It is important to keep an eye on time so you don't miss boat back to town.

Visited April 2013
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English first
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39 reviews 39 reviews
17 attraction reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“A nice day out, and a different way to see the city.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

We visited the island on a day with fairly nice weather and not too much wind - and it was a really pleasant day out - and something different to do in Wellington. Great views of Wellington and out towards the Cook Strait. You can chose which route you take around, and so how much effort you want to put in - but I think most routes have some hills, but all tracks we used were easy and well kept. Really nice day out and a short ferry ride from the city.

Visited November 2012
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West Coast
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“Cruise out to Somes Island”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

Matiu/Somes Island is a small predator-free island in Wellington Harbour. There are water taxis that go to and from the waterfront and take about 20 minutes. On the island there are many easy walking tracks, some historic buildings and lots of birds including chatty native parakeets.

Visited August 2013
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Wellington
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“Quiet space in the city”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Somes Island is really close to Wellington City, but not a lot of Wellingtonians have been there. Take the ferry from the city centre, and in about 20 minutes you feel like you are a million miles away. Sheep, birds, peace & quiet. Take a picnic & enjoy. Don't forget warm clothing.

Visited October 2012
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Waikanae, Wellington, New Zealand
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“Matiu/Sommes Island”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

It only costs a ferry ticket to get there - no charge on the island. Nice boat trip out and pleasant walk around the island. Great views all around Wellington harbour. Chance to see some native birds and skinks. Interesting history.

Visited April 2013
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