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Introduction

Built as part of the Maximum Security Quarantine station in the 1970s this 3 bedroom brick house is ideal for family or group accommodation. You can book the house online.

Accommodation overview

Access

  • Boat

Occupancy

  • Sole

Bookings

Bookings required

Facilities

  • Kitchen - fully equipped
  • Lighting
  • Shower - hot
  • Toilet - flush

Activities

  • Bird and wildlife watching
  • Historic sites
  • Kayaking and canoeing
  • Picnicking
  • Swimming
  • Walking and tramping
  • Pest free
    Protect our wildlife
    • Check - your gear for pests, eg. rodents, insects, skinks
    • Clean - footwear and gear, removing soil and seeds
    • Seal - ensure your gear is zipped up (no open bags)

    See island biosecurity requirements.

About this accommodation

Features

Built as part of the Maximum Security Quarantine station in the 1970s this 3 bedroom brick house is ideal for family or group accommodation. It is in a unique rodent free scientific and historic reserve and has stunning harbour views. Enjoy the walking tracks that lead through the regenerating bush, home to rare native fauna and get up close to the significant historical sites such as the WWII gun emplacements and Maori pa.

Education House bedroom. Photo: Matt Sidaway.
Bedroom

Education House dining. Photo: Matt Sidaway.
Dining

Facilities

  • Sleeps 10; Bedroom 1: 4 single bunks, Bedroom 2 and 3: Double with single bunk above. Pillows and extra blankets are provided.
  • Power on the island is supplied by renewable resources, wind turbine and solar panels. Because of the limited power supply we ask you to not bring or use electrical appliances such as hairdryers, etc.
  • Fully equipped kitchen: gas oven/grill and four burner hob, pots, pans, cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery.
  • Shower and bath with solar heated hot water.

What to bring

  • Sleeping bag and pillow case
  • Warm clothing − heating is limited to power available
  • Torch − if it has a red filter all the better, so you can take a walk at night

Getting there

Transport to Matiu/Somes Island is by East by West Ferry (Dominion Post Ferry) departing from Queens Wharf Wellington City or Days Bay, and Seatoun or Petone on most weekends.

On weekdays the last scheduled ferry departs Queens Wharf at 2:15 pm and Days Bay at 3:15 pm.

We highly recommend that groups of more than two book a place on the ferry.

In severe weather conditions one or both ferries can be cancelled.

Visitors may also arrive by kayak or private vessel between the hours of 8:30 am and 5 pm. See Matiu/Somes Island boat access for landing protocols.

Fees

Sole occupancy

$200 per night. Maximum number of occupants is 10.

Bookings

Book Education House online or contact:

Kapiti Wellington Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 4 384 7770
Address:   18 Manners Street
Wellington
Email:   wellingtonvc@doc.govt.nz
Full office details

Before you book:

  • Read booking terms and conditions.
  • Full payment is required at the time of booking.
  • Cancellations must be made at least 10 days before the original occupancy date and within 48 hours of making the booking, otherwise a cancellation fee applies.
  • Transfers are not able to be made less than or equal to 2 days before the first night of stay.

Know before you go

  • Leave the house clean and tidy (toilet paper and cleaning materials are provided).
  • Take all your rubbish/recycling with you and remove it from the island.
  • Check in and out time of the house is midday. Your bags can be stored at other locations if needed at any time.
  • Pets are not permitted on Matiu/Somes.
  • The island has a complete fire ban. During the dry summer months the island can be closed due to extreme fire risk which may affect your booking.
  • Smoking is restricted to the Main Wharf, 10 minutes walk from the house.

Contacts

Kapiti Wellington Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 4 384 7770
Address:   18 Manners Street
Wellington
Email:   wellingtonvc@doc.govt.nz
Full office details
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