This is a scenic campsite in the Wellington region. Camp in a sheep paddock on this historic island.

Campsite overview


  • Boat


  • Coastal


  • Category


  • Bookings

Bookings required


  • BBQ
  • Cookers/electric stove
  • Shelter for cooking
  • Water from tap
  • Wheelchair accessible with assistance
12 non-powered/tent sites

Dog access

No dogs

About this campsite

Camping on Matiu/Somes. Photo: Matt Barnett.
Camping on Matiu/Somes

Matiu/Somes Island Campsite is a small low key site suitable for small groups and individuals. It is located in a sheep paddock surrounded by historical buildings. The historic ova transplant building, from the maximum security quarantine station now provides the campsite facilities.


 A maximum of 12 campers in total are permitted to camp.

  • Camp kitchen: Gas oven/ four burner hob, small dinning area but no fridge.
  • Outside facilities: Picnic tables, compost bin. The island BBQ is also available for use.
  • Power on the island is supplied by renewable resousouces- wind turbine and solar panels.
  • There are no phones and no shops.

Getting there

Ferry from Wellington or Days Bay, and Seatoun or Petone on most weekends by East by West Ferry  ph +64 44 499 1282 (Dominion Post Ferry). On weekdays the last scheduled ferry departs Queens Wharf at 2:15pm and Days Bay at 3:15pm.

We highly recommend for groups of more than two to book a place on the ferry. In severe weather conditions one or both ferries can be cancelled.

All groups must let the island staff know their arrival time so that staff can assist once they land.

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


Latitude: -41.25784063, Longitude: 174.86574992


  • Adult (18+ years): $10 per night
  • Child (5 - 17 years): $5 per night
  • Infant (0 - 4 years): free


Book Matiu/Somes Island campsite online, or contact

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

  • Visitors are expected to leave the campsite clean and tidy (toilet paper and cleaning materials are provided).
  • Please take all your rubbish/recycling with you and remove it from the island.
  • Remember to bring a good torch with you, for around the camp and to take yourself for a night walk, if it has a red light all the better.
  • Pets are not permitted on Matiu/Somes.
  • The island has a complete fire ban. Fires, fuel/gas stoves or lanterns are not allowed. During the dry summer months the island can be closed due to extreme fire risk which may affect your booking.

Pest-free islands

Pest animals and plants can invade our treasured islands by stowing away on or in your footwear or gear, or on your vessel or kayak. It's easy to pick one up.

  • Please check your vessel, belongings for unwanted rodents, insects and seeds before leaving for Matiu/Somes Island.
    Pay special attention to clothes, footwear, tents and pegs - make sure they're thoroughly clean. If your camping equipment is not clean you will not be allowed to stay on the Island.
  • Once checked:
    • keep your bags tightly closed
    • keep food supplies in sealed containers
  • On arrival, in the Whare Kiore/quarantine building, which is located next to the main wharf, all bags will be inspected.

Related links


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