Matiu/Somes Island is a tranquil retreat for both wildlife and visitors.
Maori have occupied this island for generations. In more recent times, Matiu/Somes Island has served as a human and animal quarantine station, an internment camp, and a military defence position. It is now a Department of Conservation scientific and historic reserve.
We encourage you to visit the lighthouse, count the number of skinks that skitter off the track, and then pause for a moment to reflect on the island’s past, present and future. After all, you are a part of the next chapter in Matiu/Somes Island’s extraordinary history.
East by West Ferries operate daily ferries to and from the island. The ferry leaves from Queens Wharf, just a short distance from Atura Wellington.