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Wellington Museum - Ship 'n' Chip Tour

Voyage Wellington’s beautiful harbour and soak up its fascinating history on a fun filled Ship n Chip Tour!


  • Begin with a guided tour through Wellington Museum
  • Enjoy a classic kiwi fish ’n’ chip lunch
  • Board the East by West ferry to Matiu/Somes Island
  • Explore the Island on a self-guided tour

Take a guided tour through Wellington Museum and a trip to Matiu/Somes Island. The tour begins at Wellington Museum, exploring the unique history and quirks of the New Zealand’s capital city. From Maori settlement, European immigration, to what the city has become today.

After visiting the Wellington Museum, you can enjoy a classic kiwi fish ’n’ chip lunch on board the East by West ferry as you make your way to Matiu/Somes Island. A beautiful reserve where native flora and fauna thrive.

Explore the Island on a self-guided tour. Climb the hills for amazing views of the harbour, look for wildlife, and discover the colourful history of the island.

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Adult $55.00
Child $39.00


  • Minimum age 5 years old.


  • Please dress appropriately for walking and changeable weather (including bringing a waterbottle) and get in touch with operator regarding any special dietary requirements
  • Child price applies to ages 6-16yrs.

    Departures: Tours start at Wellington Museum, Queens Wharf at 11am and return at 3.55pm (optional return at 2pm on the weekends)

Available Bookings from June 18 to June 24

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fayes2 from United Kingdom wrote on 09 March 2020

very informative

Wiremu/William was a great guide. Very informative, happy to answer questions as you walk around. No reading from a script.

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Tory from New Zealand wrote on 16 January 2020


Very friendly and knowledgeable guides through museum and awesome day out exploring the island.

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Thanks so much for your review Tory!

Justine from New Zealand wrote on 10 May 2021

We really enjoyed Matiu/ Somes Island

My whanau and I really enjoyed the Wellington Museum as our guide was very informative and gave us new information about Wellington that we never knew so it was very engaging for my 3 teenage children. I forgot my lovely guides name but she was very passionate about the history of Matiu Island and how it came about. The fish and chips was delicious, even my teenagers wanted seconds. The cruise over to the island on the ferry was very calm and awe inspiring. I have never seen Wellington City from that angle and my loved every moment we spent on the island from when we landed to when we left 4 hrs later.We love nature so we were in our element. We walked the whole island twice, we found it very enjoyable and thats with 3 teenagers. Thanks for the amazing experience and helping us make new memories for my whanau and I.

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Theresa Hannan from New Zealand wrote on 10 January 2020


The tour was very rushed at the Museum. The lady that took us through Was very serious and did not put any humour into at all. Then we went to get our fish and chips and the museum had bugged up with order so got on board ferry without food as it was lunch time was not a good start. Went on ferry to island only to be shut in a room with department of conservation for 15 mins checking bags, pockets etc to see if we had brought mice or rats with us. Stayed on island for 10 mins and promptly caught the next ferry back to get our fish and chips. Sadly thinking this would be a high point was not to be. Fish was shark which was dry and tough to eat. Would not recommend this tour at all if travelling to Wellington.

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Hi Theresa, Very sorry to hear of your experience. This is not up to standard, please feel free to call me so we can discus this further. Kind regards, Krystle 04 4710919

Andre Duijnmayer from New Zealand wrote on 21 April 2021

Somes island visit with Wellington Museum.

As the description states: An hour tour of the Museum followed by the Fish' Chips pickup, followed by the ferry ride to Somes island. Where we thought to get a guided tour, but that didn't happen. Very lucky with the weather. Beautiful sunny day with not much wind. 1. The guided tour at the museum felt rushed, and this was mentioned several times by the guide too. No complaints about the guide or the museum! But it's better to take your time if you're interested in the maritime history of Wellington. 2. Fish'n chips were lovely =) (eating on board the ferry, where you can also buy food and drinks) 3. Somes island. Nice time walking around and enjoying the peace and quiet (in between other toursist walking past). Enjoying the wild bird life and seeing some whetas in there 'hotels' too =) Beautiful views. No guides around though. 4. Ferry back. Nice ride on the top deck. All in all a good day, but you could just do it by yourself.

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