The island is open to the public from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm daily.
With 360 degree views, the loop track that circles Matiu/Somes Island in Wellington Harbour is a tranquil walk through nature and history.
Rich with wildlife and history Matiu/Somes Island is a great place to explore. Occupied by Maori for generations, the island also served as a quarantine facility and military defence point in the past.
The Matiu Loop track is an easy walk offering great views across the harbour to Wellington City, and the chance to see many native birds and insects in the wild.
Pause along the way to check out the island's many historic and ecological attractions, including the lighthouse, New Zealand's first harbour light built in 1866.