Kayaking to Matiu/Somes Island

May 5th, 2013 at 3:14 pm by David Farrar

Kayaked over to Matiu/ this morning. Was a near perfect day for it. Warm and sunny and not much wind. Got a bit choppy on the return trip but the kayak we had hired from Canoe and Kayak Wellington was suberb. It was damn fast, and stable as. If anyone else is looking to kayak out to Somes, or elsewhere, I can’t recommend them highly enough. They even drop the kayaks off at the (Petone) foreshore and pick them up afterwards.

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View of from the end of Somes Island.

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Walking along the loop track around the island.

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The East West ferry heading over.

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The perfect spot at the top for lunch.

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Steph suited up for the return trip.

 

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We did a loop around the island, both on the way in and the way out. Takes and extra half hour or so, but on the far side it was so sheltered it was almost like being on a lake.

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Taking a break,

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Mokopouna Island, the smaller one next to Somes.

Was a brilliant way to spend  a Sunday morning. Definitely going to do a repeat trip. So much better than taking the ferry over, and you get to enjoy unparalleled views of Wellington.

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8 Responses to “Kayaking to Matiu/Somes Island”

  1. Manolo (13,780 comments) says:

    Penguins are known to be extremely comfortable in the water. :D

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  2. Johnboy (16,597 comments) says:

    What fun.

    Johnboy would get lost trying to navigate to that Matiu part of the topography though! :)

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  3. pq (728 comments) says:

    Excellent Farrar, you look fighting fit, nearly ready to face off to Winston,NZ First,
    you can’t win of course but you are fit for next round

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  4. Chuck Bird (4,884 comments) says:

    Next time you are in Auckland you should try Rangitoto with a walk to the top.

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  5. SGA (1,039 comments) says:

    the kayak we had hired from Canoe and Kayak Wellington was suberb.

    The “suberb” ones can go underwater as well, I guess? :-)

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  6. Elaycee (4,392 comments) says:

    Somes Island certainly has a lot of history – in addition to the fact that it was used as a quarantine station for many years.

    In 1905, a Chinese chap was actually ‘banished’ to live on tiny Mokopuna Island because he was thought to have leprosy. That’s why it’s also called Leper Island. The poor chap actually survived on the island for 3 months and during his time there, he was fed by the Somes Island lighthouse keeper – food was sent across by flying fox.

    Perhaps we could send errant MPs there for a while – when they misbehave!

    http://www.newzealandlighthouses.com/matiu-somes_island.htm

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  7. Kimble (4,440 comments) says:

    Remember being that shape without the life jacket?

    Well done, mate.

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  8. hane (69 comments) says:

    @JohnBoy

    That’s why it’s also called Somes so monocultural luddites don’t feel threatened.

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