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“on a beautiful day this is unsurpassed” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Matiu / Somes Island

Matiu / Somes Island
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$143.44*
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15-Minute Wellington Harbour Helicopter Flight
Ranked #25 of 229 things to do in Wellington
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Wellington, New Zealand
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167 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“on a beautiful day this is unsurpassed”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2013

this is a great half day treat.
I love to take visitors here via the ferry and then have aft tea at eastbourne.
pity the ferry doesn't leave from seatoun and evans bay regularly.

Visited January 2013
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Suffolk, England
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Beautiful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2013

Visited here a few times now and what strikes is the commitment to maintain this island as it is.....beautiful.

Visited August 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Great place to pack up and take the kids for the day!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2013

Easily accessible by short boat trip from Wellington. It is a smallish island with plenty to see. There was quarantine station and so remnants of stockyards. Also of course gun placements from way back when! There is a really interesting wind-up commentary down where near where you catch the boat back. It has various topics and short tales from those from that era. Good place for a picnic, bird watching and to let off some steam with a walk.

Visited July 2013
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Wellington, New Zealand
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49 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great day trip”
4 of 5 bubbles 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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“A nice day out, and a different way to see the city.”
4 of 5 bubbles 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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