On a nice Saturday afternoon, we took the ferry over to Somes Island, which is in the middle of the Wellington harbor. The island has an interesting history, including a human and animal quarantine station, an internment camp, and a military defence position.
When they decided to use Somes Island as a military base, a few bunkers were built...but by the time they were built, the war was over :)
The island is really beautiful, and even though it is very close to the city, it is considered a wildlife refuge. There are a few species that are extinct from the mainland of New Zealand, but can still be found on Somes Island.
And there's a lighthouse...
It was a little windy on the ferry! I have seriously never seen wind like we have in this city...pretty incredible :)