Camp in a sheep paddock on this historic island.

Campsite overview


  • Boat


  • Coastal


  • Category


  • Bookings

Bookings required


  • BBQ
  • Cookers/electric stove
  • Non-powered/tent sites
  • Shelter for cooking
  • Toilets - non-flush
  • Water from tap - treated, suitable for drinking
  • Wheelchair accessible with assistance
12 non-powered/tent sites

Seasonal restrictions

Fires are not permitted at any time.

Dog access

No dogs

About this campsite

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.

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

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


Latitude: -41.25784063, Longitude: 174.86574992


  • Adult (18+ years): $15 per night
  • Child (5 - 17 years): $7.50 per night
  • Infant (0 - 4 years): free


DOC/NZMCA campsite passes cannot be used at this campsite.

Backcountry Hut Passes cannot be used at this campsite.


2020/2021 bookings

Bookings are open for stays from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021.

Bookings are required all year.

Book Matiu/Somes Island campsite online.

A $10 service fee applies to all phone, email and in-person bookings.

Your booking will be for a site, which will be allocated/selected on arrival.

Know before you go

  • 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.
  • Take all your rubbish/recycling with you and remove it from the island.
  • Leave the campsite clean and tidy (toilet paper and cleaning materials are provided).


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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