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“Great day trip”

Matiu / Somes Island
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$147.79*
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15-Minute Wellington Harbour Helicopter Flight
Ranked #27 of 236 things to do in Wellington
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Always check the website for changes that might affect your trip.
Wellington, New Zealand
Level 5 Contributor
49 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great day trip”
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
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“A nice day out, and a different way to see the city.”
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
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Cruise out to Somes Island”
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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58 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Quiet space in the city”
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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59 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Matiu/Sommes Island”
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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