Fires are not permitted at any time.
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 provides the campsite facilities.
A maximum of 12 campers in total are permitted to camp.
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.
Latitude: -41.25784063, Longitude: 174.86574992
Until 30 June 2019:
From 1 July 2019:
The campsite pass for rental campervans cannot be used at this campsite.
NZMCA / DOC campsite pass cannot be used at this campsite.
Backcountry Hut Passes cannot be used at this campsite.
Book Matiu/Somes Island campsite online, or contact
|Kapiti Wellington Visitor Centre|
|Phone:||+64 4 384 7770|
|Fax:||+64 4 471 1117|
18 - 32 Manners Street
PO Box 10420
|Full office details|
Before you book: