Matiu-Somes Island information
In the middle of Wellington harbour, Matiu Somes is a DOC-managed reserve where you might see weta, tuatara, kakariki and little blue penguins, among other critters. The island is rich in history, having once been a prisoner-of-war camp and quarantine station. Take a picnic lunch, or even stay overnight in the campsite (adult/child $10/5) or in the DOC house – book online at www.doc.govt.nz or at Wellington’s DOC visitor centre. It’s a 20- to 30-minute chug across the harbour. There are 16 sailings on weekdays, eight on Saturday and Sunday (return fare adult/child $22/11.50).