Schools | East by West Ferries


East by West regularly carry school groups of different sizes throughout the year, see the options below.

Due to our half prices fares, the school concession rate is $6.50pp return including any teachers and adults to Matiu / Somes Island and $6pp return between Queens Wharf and Days Bay (valid until the end of January 2023). Contact us to make a school group booking.

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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!

  • Public ferry departs Queens Wharf 10.00am & 12.00pm
  • Returns from Matiu 1pm & 3.30pm
  • School party concession price: All passengers $6.50pp (adults included) until 31 Jan 2023.
  • Chartered sailings may be required (at different times) for groups over 40 people. Contact us for more information and to book. 

Treasure Island trips

Students get up close to the capital’s maritime history in Wellington Museum’s Treasure Island school programme. The adventure begins with a museum tour before setting sail to Matiu/Somes Island by ferry where they can discover the diverse roles of our harbour in the past and present. Learn more here.