Soames Island
From Soames IslandSoames Island is situated in the middle of Wellington's harbour (Port Nicholson) and gives good views all around. To get there, you have to use the East-to-West ferry (a nice little catamaran) which usually travels straight between Wellington and Day's Bay on the other side of the harbour but stops at the island if needed. Remember to be on the jetty in plenty of time for the return journey!
The island has had a varied history. Originally a Maori pa (fortified village), it became a farm on the arrival of European settlers and had a short stint as a prisoner of war camp during the Second World War before continuing the theme as an animal quarantine station. The island passed to Department of Conservation control in 1995 and they now manage it.
To Other Viewpoints: Wainuiomata HillOff Queen's Wharf