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Somes Island is situated in the middle of Wellington's stunning harbour.
Situated in the middle of Wellington's stunning harbour, visitors can wander amid native plant and bird life while tracing the island's extraordinary history. The island was home to Maori, has two pa sites, and was also used as an alien internment camp and quarantine station.
Daily access to the island is aboard the Dominion Post Ferry (+64 4 499 1282). Children under 15 must be under constant adult supervision.
DOC provides an education resource to help with lesson plans for school groups which can be sent to schools three weeks prior to a visit.
Admission to the island is free but Dominion Post Ferry charges apply.
Access possibly restricted during fire season.
There is a range of accommodation available on the island.
Camping: A max of 12 people can camp per night in the designated grassy paddock area. There is a camp kitchen with a gas stove.
Houses: Two fully equipped houses sleeping 8 to 10 people are available to rent. Suitable for small family and school groups.
Bookings are essential.