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Starting From AU$143.75
Starting From AU$143.75

Flat Earth: Matiu Somes Island Tour

Matiu Somes Island Tour

What's Included:

  • Morning and afternoon refreshments.
  • All the admission prices for attractions.
  • Wet weather gear, if it's needed.

You Will Need:
We take care of everything so you won't come on a Flat Earth tour laden with luggage and provisions. All you need is:

  • Warm clothes during the cooler months, from May to November.
  • Comfortable shoes if you feel like exploring
  • Enough money for souvenirs and gifts.
  • Your camera and plenty of film

Each tour has a minimum of two people.

What You See: 
Discover Wellington’s extraordinary natural features and contrasts. On this small group tour you will visit the summit of one of Wellington’s central peaks for 360 degree views of the city, harbour and coastline and learn about the legendary warrior who landed his canoe on the Wellington shore.

You will take a 20 minute ferry trip to land on Matiu Somes Island in the middle of Wellington harbour. There you will explore the island and wildlife sanctuary. As the name suggests Matiu Somes Island has a rich Maori and European history, sometimes colourful and sometimes tragic. The lighthouse on the island today dates pre 1900, it continues to guide and welcome sea-borne travellers into the safety of Wellington Harbour. The island was fortified with heavy anti-aircraft gun emplacements on the summit of the island.

Once a traditional pa 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 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.

Departs: 9am. For our Cruise Ship guests allow an additional 15 minutes at the start to the tour. We will meet you at 8:45am at shipside.

Returns: 1.15pm.