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School Concessions

Enjoy the best of Wellington with a cruise on the citys unique harbour ferry service. Now offering 3 specific tailored cruise options for school groups:

1. The Matiu Somes Island Excursion

Explore this fascinating island steeped in
local history from early Maori settlement to
its more recent status as a DOC reserve. The
views from all over the easy walking tracks
are unsurpassed. Native bird life abounds
and you may even see a residential Tuatara!
Departs Queens Wharf 10.00am & 12.00pm
Returns from Matiu 12.50pm & 3.25pm
School party concession price
All passengers $12.00 (adults included)

2.The Harbour Discovery Cruise

An Adventurous and fun way to explore
Wellington Harbour aboard the Dominion
Post ferry. A live on board commentary
especially tailored to the children’s
age group reveals the harbours
rich and exciting heritage.
Departs Queens Wharf 10.00am
Returns Queens wharf 11.30am
School party concession price
All passengers $14.00 (adults included)
For Bookings for
Matiu Somes Island Excursion and the Harbour Discovery Cruise
Ph 04 499 1282
Fax 04 499 1288

3. The New Ship & Chip Trip

A day excursion exploring Matiu/Somes Island, the historic Petone foreshore and Wellington’s fabulous waterfront – only $26.00 per student ($22.00 per adult) including lunch.
All with one phone call to experience:
Museum of Wellington & Queens Wharf
  • Ferry sailings on Wellington harbour
  • Matiu Somes Island
  • Fish & Chip lunch
  • Petone Settlers Museum
The day starts at 9am with an education programme at the unique Museum of Wellington (formerly City and Sea); where you’ll gain a fascinating insight into early Wellington harbour.
You’ll board the East by West Ferry at 10 am bound for Petone Wharf where you can stroll along the beachfront to the wonderful Petone Settlers Museum. Educators will provide a programme which includes the arrival of colonial settlers and early interaction with Tangata Whenua Maori inhabitants.
Fish and chips are delivered for lunch, courtesy of John’s Fish Market, before the ferry transfers you to Matiu Somes Island. You’ll be met by Department of Conservation Educators who introduce you to the island’s history and unique flora and fauna.
The ferry operators provide an entertaining harbour commentary on the ride back to Queens Wharf (arr approx 2.00pm) where you’ll be met by Museum staff before exploring the Wharf area where you can find out about its changing role from service area for commerce and sea traffic to recreation and leisure destination.
Payment is required on the day. Minimum group size 35, maximum 80.
Duration 8.45 am to 2.45 pm.
Recommended for Levels 3 and up.
*Over 2000 students have already enjoyed this exciting programme!
Price for Ship & Chips Trip is $26.00 per student and $22.00 per adult, includes ferry transfers, Museum programmes, teaching resources and fish & chip lunch.
Bookings for the Ship & Chips Trip should be directed to :
Shelley Gardner
Education Services
Museum of Wellington
Tel 04 496 1943.  Fax 04 4961949.