Your guide will meet you at the Cruise ship terminal. From here we board the Cruise Ship City Shuttle to Brandon St. It’s then a short hop across the road to the East by West Ferry Terminal. You then board the ferry and travel out to Matiu Island.
Explore a tranquil island and wildlife sanctuary in the middle of Wellington's beautiful harbour. As the name suggests Matiu Somes Island has a rich Maori and European history, sometimes colourful and sometimes tragic. Once a traditional pa site of Te Whanganui-a-Tara Maori, the island became a quarantine station, an internment camp, and a military defense position, it now seeks to protect and preserve New Zealand native flora and fauna. Somes is now home to rare native birds including North Island robins, fluttering shearwaters and kakariki, a colony of little blue penguins and to 6 species of native reptiles including the mysterious tuatara. Our guide will bring the history alive and help guests find these shy wild creatures.
Spectacular photo opportunities to be taken as you explore Matiu Somes Island.
This is a walking tour over mostly flat terrain with one short yet steep hill climb to the summit. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility.
Wear comfortable, sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots and clothes suited to the day's conditions. Bring a hat, light jacket and adequate sun protection.
The shuttle ticket is valid all day, so guests do not have to return directly to the ship after the tour.