Wellington Museum’s Ship ‘n’ Chip Tour

Take a guided tour through Wellington Museum and a trip to Matiu/Somes Island.

Start your journey on a guided tour through Wellington Museum, exploring the unique history and quirks of New Zealand’s capital city. From Maori settlement, European immigration, to the delightfully bizarre Attic. Wellington Museum celebrates the people and the events that have shaped the character and soul of the Capital City of New Zealand and it’s region.

Then head to the East by West ferry for a short trip across the harbour to Matiu/Somes Island whilst enjoying a classic kiwi lunch of scrumptious fish ‘n’ chips, with magnificent views of Wellington’s famous hilltop suburbs.

Enjoy the island on a self-guided tour discovering the native flora and fauna and explore its fascinating history before returning to the mainland.

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

Time: Bookings by 9.30 am on the day. Tours begin at 11am, and return at 3.55 pm (weekend optional return at 2 pm when Harbour Explorer is operating).

Duration: 3-5 hours


  • Adult: $55.00
  • Child: $39.00
  • 2 adults + 2 children: $149.00
  • 2 adult + 4 children: $199.00
  • NZ SuperGold cardholders: $45

The Ship ‘n’ Chip tour includes a Museum tour, fish & chips for one, a return ferry trip on East by West Ferries to Matiu/Somes Island (owned by local iwi, Taranaki Whānui ki Te Upoko o te Ika) where you are free to roam on the Department of Conservation managed island.

To book call us on 04 472 8904 or email: museumtours@experiencewellington.org.nz

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The health and safety of our visitors and staff is very important to us so we continue to follow Ministry of Health advice and guidelines around physical distancing, hygiene, visitor numbers and contact tracing. All visitors are asked to stay home if they are feeling unwell, to maintain physical distancing while in Wellington Museum and are required to complete contract tracing upon entering via the NZ COVID Tracer app or manually. We’ll continue to monitor advice from the Wellington City Council and Ministry of Health and will share updates here and on social media.  

Continue to connect with us here and on social media where we’ll share any updates. Kia kaha. 

Museums Wellington assumes no liability for your safety whilst in transit to or when on Matiu/Somes Island. Please know your own ability when engaging in any activity. Take every precaution necessary to ensure the safety of all fellow members and yourself. Always be prepared and provide contact numbers in case of an emergency to your provider. You agree that by purchasing this ticket and in undertaking any activities, you accept that there are risks and hazards associated with any activity. You also confirm that all persons travelling with you on this ticket have been informed about the terms of this waiver and have similarly agreed to accept that there are risks and hazards associated with activities and to accept the terms of this waiver.