View from the southern lookout, along the loop track
PHOTO: Laura Honey | DOC 


A loop track around Matiu/Somes Island offers 360 degree views of Wellington harbour - with native wildlife, remnants from the world wars, historic quarantine buildings, and a lighthouse, there is plenty to keep kids interested.

Track overview


Walking and tramping

40 min Easy: Walking track

Seasonal restrictions

The island is open to the public from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm daily.

Dog access

No dogs

  • 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 track


Southern lookout, along the loop track.
Southern lookout, along the loop track

This track takes you around Matiu/Somes Island, offering spectacular views across Wellington Harbour to Wellington and Hutt cities.

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.


Kapiti Wellington Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 4 384 7770
Address:   18 - 32 Manners Street
Full office details
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