[Event full]. By popular demand...DOC Rangers Jo and Emma at Matiu/Somes Island have arranged for fifteen more members of Adventure Wellington to help them out (such as track maintenance) for a unique volunteering weekend in September! This includes a heavily discounted overnight stay on the island in the Education House and Forest and Bird Lodge.
This is an incredible opportunity to get a unique behind the scenes perspective of the island, while also getting a chance to experience the truly amazing wildlife that only show themselves beginning at dusk (such as penguins, wetas and tuataras).
About Matiu/Somes Island:
Matiu/Somes Island Scientific and Historic Reserve is a tranquil retreat for wildlife and visitors alike.
Maori have occupied this island for generations. In more recent times, Matiu/Somes Island has served as a human and animal quarantine station, an internment camp, and a military defence position.
Thanks to the dedication of numerous individuals, groups and organisations, the island once again represents a refuge, this time for wildlife and our cultural heritage.
The island opened to the public as a Department of Conservation (DOC) scientific and historic reserve in 1995. In 2009, it was included in the Treaty of Waitangi cultural redress for Taranaki Whanui ki Te Upoko o Te Ika A Maui, which returned ownership of the three Wellington harbour islands to iwi. The island is managed by DOC in a unique partnership.
3:20am Buy ferry ticket
3:35pm Ferry leaves Queens Wharf
3:55pm Ferry arrives Matiu/Somes Island
Rest of Saturday: exploration
Sunday: Volunteer day (4 hours)
3:10pm: Ferry leaves Somes Island
3:30pm: Ferry arrives Queens Wharf
What to bring:
Long Sleeves & Pants, change of clothes
Sleeping bag & pillow
Smiles & Banter
Costs: $32 for accommodation ($14), food ($16 dinner, breakfast, lunch) and banking fees ($2). Accommodation on the island is discounted as a thank you from Matiu/Somes Island and the little we pay goes directly to the island. Also on the day you'll have to buy a return ferry ticket ($22).
How to reserve your place:
1) RSVP for the waiting list
2) Pay the required $32 by following this link to our secure webshop.
3) After you have paid you will be moved to the attendee list.
4) There are only 15 places to be filled.
5) Payments are non refundable
Note: At least 10 participants are required for this event to go ahead.
Whilst every possible assistance will be offered, Adventure Wellington Trust, the Trustees, Event Organisers/hosts and members cannot be held responsible for any accident, injuries or losses sustained leading up to, during, or after an event.
NO SHOW POLICY
If you no show or cancel after 7pm the night before this event you will have a 'no show' recorded against your name. No shows can lead to you having to leave the group. Please read our Group Rules here http://www.adventurewellington.co.nz/pages/Group_Rules/
- to use the webshop you'll need to create a login (if you already created a login you can login to your account immediately)
- you can pay by credit or debit card
- the webshop keeps track of available spots, so as soon as you've paid, your spot is confirmed.