Matiu/Somes Island Bullock Track

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Walk through forest to the centre of Matiu/Somes Island, on one of the original tracks on the island.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

10 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

About this track


From the main wharf, the track leads through forest to the centre of the island. It's an alternative to the tar sealed road.

The Bullock Track is a gravel track and steeper in places than the main road. It exits at the circuit track.

It has a long history - it was one of the original European tracks on the Island, hewn out by WWI internees.

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


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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