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AW's Matiu-Somes Island Volunteer Day!
DOC Rangers Evan and Jeff at Matiu/Somes Island has invited AW members over to help them out (such as track maintenance) on this special volunteering day! This is a great opportunity to get a unique behind the scenes perspective of the island. 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. Schedule: • 09:45am Buy ferry ticket • 10:00am Ferry leaves Queens Wharf • 10:20am Ferry arrives Matiu/Somes Island, biocheck and explanation by DOC rangers • 11:00am - 01:00pm Volunteer time • 01:00pm - 02:00pm Long lunch, a chance to explore the island • 02:00pm - 03:00pm Volunteer time • 03:00pm - 04.40pm More time to explore the island • 04:40pm - Ferry leaves for Wellington What to bring: • Sturdy Shoes • Rain gear (if needed) • Long Sleeves & Pants • Morning tea, Water & Lunch • Smiles & Banter Where to meet: 9:45am outside the ticket office on Queens Wharf Costs: $23 for a return ferry ticket to Matiu/Somes Island (paid on the day to the ferry) Difficulty: 4/10 DISCLAIMER 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.

Matiu/Somes Island

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