Matiu/Somes Island Loop Track

Track category

Walking track


40 min loop track


This track takes you around Matiu/Somes Island, offering spectacular views across Wellington Harbour to Wellington and Hutt cities. You can hear the sounds of city traffic yet feel as though you’re the only person in the world.

Matiu Somes track with outlook to Mokopuna Island and western Hutt hills. Photo: Chandra Littlewood.
Matiu/Somes Island track and views

Pause along the way to check out the island’s historic and ecological attractions, including introduced wildlife which are thriving in native vegetation planted by Lower Hutt Forest and Bird since 1981.

Getting there

You can get to Matiu/Somes on the scheduled ferry service which runs between Queens Wharf and Days Bay on seven days a week and also from Seatoun and Petone on Saturday and Sunday or you can charter a ferry, weather permitting.

If you arrive by private boat or kayak please refer to the Matiu/Somes Island by boat information.

Plan and prepare

The island is open to the public from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm daily. All visitors are asked to check their bags in the Whare Kiore for unwanted pests.

Related link

Take an interactive tour of Matiu/Somes Island


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Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

Alerts for Wellington/Kapiti places


Pōneke / Wellington Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 4 384 7770
Address:   18 Manners Street
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