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Great family trip

Family trip of 13 people across to Days Bay return via Matiu Somes Island great entertainment for... read more

Reviewed 8 October 2021
Jared-Kiwi
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Soames Island Wander

Brilliant trip to Soames Island for the day. $50 for two adults for the day return trip represents... read more

Reviewed 8 October 2020
Phedder
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Invercargill, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 October 2019

Lovely round the harbour trip on mid sized, comfortable boat. Smooth sailing on the day we went, great views from up on top.

Date of experience: October 2019
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Thank Lynn J
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Reviewed 25 September 2019

we went to Days bay for an afternoon. The boat ride was a highlight, even though the weather was cold. Next time we will stop at somes, Great way to see the city

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 24 June 2019

Full disclosure - we took this trip because we could do it for free with our newly-received Supergold Cards. Here's the thing, though: we would not normally wake up on a fine Wellington Sunday morning in June and choose to go out to Days Bay. But we did because we could. The harbour was the proverbial millpond, and it was one of those good days in Wellington that you can't beat.

We had a drink on the way over - a very palatable Pinot Gris for me, and a beer for him - at normal pub prices, which surprised me. No captive customer mark-up, like you get at airports and bus terminals. There was an almost-stop at Seatoun, which meant the charming young man leaning over the side towards the wharf and asking if the fishers there were waiting for the ferry, and the vessel continuing on when the answer was no. So the entertainment was free as well.

We spent a cool hour and a half in Days Bay having a late lunch and an ice-cream and enjoying the ducks and a short walk before returning to the jetty for the return trip.

We sat on the open deck up top on the way back, being well-wrapped up against the winter chill, and relished the journey into the sunset, via another almost-stop at Matiu Soames Island.

The staff were impeccably professional and warmly friendly at the same time. No doubt weekday commuters see it differently, but I heartily recommend this as a short weekend cruise at an excellent price (even if you don't have a Supergold Card). Home tourism is never wasted.

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed 13 June 2019

It was a lovely sunny and blue skies when passengers loading on the boat. We went round the bay and stopped off at three islands. It became quite choppy and the spray was coming over the front of the boat, but the skipper came up to check we were OK, but did not advise us to go below. It was a really enjoyable trip and would recommend it. I did not get off, but you could visit the islands, although best to check what time the ferry would come back to collect you.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank TravellerIlford
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Reviewed 25 May 2019 via mobile

Headed off on the 10.30 ferry to Days Bay via Seaton. Choppy passage but giving a good view of coastal Wellington. At Day’s Bay we took to Eastbourne where we had lunch.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Ragdad
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