Matiu Sommes Island

  • Port

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Activity level


  • Activity type


  • Wheelchair accessible


  • Price per adult


    USD99 per person

  • Minimum age


  • Duration

    4.25 Hours

  • Meals included


Join your guide for the transfer to Brandon Street, where you’ll take a short walk to the ferry terminal. Once on board the ferry, relax and enjoy the 25 minute ride across to Matiu Sommes Island.
Upon arrival, your guide will take you on a walking tour of this delightfully tranquil island and sanctuary for wildlife. As the name suggests Matiu Sommes Island has a rich Maori and European history. Once a traditional site of Te Whanganui-a-Tara Maori, the island became a quarantine station, an internment camp and a military defence position.
It now seeks to protect and preserve New Zealand’s native flora and fauna and is home to rare native birds including North Island robins, fluttering shearwaters and kakariki, a colony of little blue penguins. It also has six species of native reptiles including the mysterious tuatara. During your walk, your guide will bring the island’s history alive and make a quest to find some of these shy wild creatures.
Your tour will end with the return ferry ride to Wellington and walk and shuttle transfer back to the pier.