This 3 bedroom brick house sleeps eight and is ideal for family or group accommodation. You can book the house online.

Accommodation overview


  • Boat


  • Sole


  • Bookings

Bookings required


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


  • Bird and wildlife watching
  • Kayaking and canoeing
  • Picnicking
  • Swimming
  • Walking and tramping

About this lodge


Built as part of the Maximum Security Quarantine station in the 1969 this 3 bedroom brick house is ideal for family or group accommodation.

The Royal Forest & Bird Society Lower Hutt Branch play a significant role in the restoration of the Island. Guided walks and volunteer activities can also be included into your visit.


  • Maximum occupancy is 8 people. Bedrooms 2 and 3 include double beds. 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

You can get to Matiu/Somes Island on the scheduled ferry service which runs between Queens Wharf and Days Bay seven days a week, and from Seatoun on Saturday and Sundays.

We highly recommend groups of more than 20 people, and those staying overnight, book a place on the ferry. In severe weather conditions one or both ferries can be cancelled.

If you arrive by private boat or kayak see the Matiu/Somes Island by boat information


Sole occupancy

$200 per night. Maximum number of occupants is 8.

Forest and Bird members will receive a 25% discount when booking the Forest and Bird House, if it is booked through the DOC Wellington Visitor Centre. Please provide your membership number when making the booking.


Book Forest and Bird House online, or contact Kapiti Wellington Visitor Centre.

  • 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 (cleaning materials are provided).
  • Take all your rubbish/recycling with you and remove it from the island.
  • Check in and out time is midday. Bag storage is available if required.
  • 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 bookings.
  • Smoking is restricted to the main wharf, 10 minutes walk from the house.


Kapiti Wellington Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 4 384 7770
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   18 - 32 Manners Street
Postal Address:   PO Box 10420
The Terrace
Wellington 6143
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