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Port Nicholson
Caretakers Cottage
Matiu Somes Island
New Zealand

Reminder to all those who havent registered but are keen to come and have some fun on Matuia Somes Island.


Perambulators Xmas BBQ lunch Saturday 4 December


If you havent registered please do so by 5pm Sunday 28 November - this Sunday :)

Saturday 4 December we are heading off-shore for the traditional Perambulators BBQ.  All welcome.

Not quite overseas but not the mainland either.

Catching the East-West Ferry from Queens Wharf to Matui-Somes, we will be greeted by DOC personnel for an induction/information briefing on the history of the Island and all of the do’s and don’ts.

Spend a couple of hours exploring the island, its flora and fauna, history and of course the magnificent views around the harbour.

Meet back at the Caretaker’s Hut for a bbq and lots of socialising, before making our way back to the mainland.

We have booked 50 places on the ferry and could take more if required. We need a minimum of 40 to make this happen.

WHEN:  Saturday 4 December.  Ferry leaves at 8.45am from Queen’s Wharf

WHAT:  BBQ will be supplied as part of the cost.  We will provide meat patties, sausages, sauce, bread and butter and salad for you to make your own burger sandwiches. Sorry, special dietary needs will need to be self-catered.

BRING:  You need to bring your own plates, cutlery, glasses, cups and beverages.  Don’t forget to bring warm clothing and be prepared for wet, just in case.  (It can be chilly on the ferry).  Sunscreen and hats a must. Bring your own snacks and morning tea.  If you would like tea or coffee, bring your thermos or at least your own tea bag. A bottle of water is always a good idea.

All rubbish and leftovers including any wrapping need to be taken off the island with you.  Nothing you brought onto the Island stays, except maybe your footprints.

COSTS:   Yet to be finalised but allow $12 each way on the ferry, plus $8 per person for the Caretaker’s Hut rental and bbq lunch. Children under five travel free on the ferry.  Five to 15 years of age, plus College attendees with student ID, $13 return on the Ferry.  Sorry, no Gold Card discounts available on the ferry for a specially commissioned sailing.


We will return from the Island between 1 and 3 pm.  This is subject to confirmation with East West Ferries.

Please RSVP a.s.a.p but no later than 5pm 28 November so we can organise food etc.

Any questions contact

 Joy 021 620557 or

Peter 021 778300