Matiu/Somes Island Campsite

Matiu/Somes Island Campsite

Matiu/Somes Island

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15 Wellington

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Matiu/ Somes Island Camping Ground

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Boat access only

Matiu / Somes is a wildlife reserve and makes for a fantastic Wellington overnight option. It's far easier than you might expect. Just book your campsite online here at ( http://booking.doc.govt.nz/default.aspx?sg=msc ) then drive to an overnight carpark and take one of the many scheduled East / West Ferries over to the island. You won't regret the little bit of extra effort. Kakariki are all over the island and if you see a ranger ask them if you can see if the oldest tuatara around is out of his burrow.

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North IslandWellington RegionWellington

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  • Basic Camping

Reviews

Dan's avatar

Dan

Ranking: 10/10

I camped on Matiu Island with friends some years ago. The ferry runs between Wellington Central and Eastbourne (and sometimes Seatoun) but stops at Matiu on the way.

Upon disembarking, security was tight, with all visitors getting a safety briefing and a gear check for uninvited stowaways. A walkway runs around the island for daytime exploration and IIRC there is a separate smaller island where a poor guy was quarantined for the long term some years ago.

Staying on the island offers a very different perspective on the nearby city and it was a very peaceful experience. I especially enjoyed watching the slow blinking from lighthouses marking the shipping corridor. I would definitely go back again.

Reviewed 4 months ago and experienced in January 2015

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John Howell

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Ranking: 8/10

This was a great campsite for my daughter and myself. The rangers are very picky of course about how clean your gear is when you arrive. They literally went through our tent with a dustbuster before we were allowed out of the hut they send you to when you arrive, but everyone there was super friendly. The campsite itself also has a kitchen and toilet facility, and power for charging stuff, The bird life is really close and accessible, we went for a night walk and also saw Weta and Tuataras on the path. We also went up to the old gun emplacement at the summit of the island. Great safe place to let your kids explore.
The boat trip just make it more of an adventure. Great time and would recommend it, especially for families.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍

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Nick Morrison

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