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 DOC 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.
View the Matiu/Somes Island brochure (PDF, 1,083K).
Matiu/Somes Island closed half days from 31 January 2015.
To protect public safety and conservation values the island will be closed to the public from 1 pm to 8 am from 31 January 2015 until further notice as a result of heightened fire risk.
The dry, hot start to summer has triggered the restriction of public access to Matiu/Somes Island in the Wellington harbour.