page is a record of our trip to the island in Wellington Harbour. This
involved catching the Dominion Post Ferry from Queen's Wharf in
Wellington over to the Island. Once we got there, we found that most of
the island was closed due to asbestos in the Visitor Centre. The island
has an interesting history. It is sacred to the Maori who call it Matiu
Island. The European name is Somes Island. During World War 2, the
threat of Japanese attack was high enough for an anti-aircraft gun to
be placed here. Before that, the island was used as quarantine for ill
passengers arriving in Wellington by boat. Since the 1980s, the Island
has become a nature reserve thanks to all the rats being wiped out by
the Department of Conservation.
the island, we took the ferry over to the beach at Days Bay. The locals
were diving off the end of the Jetty. Often in very close proximity.
I'm sure this practise would have been banned in the UK by now! There
we had lunch before returning to the City.
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