The Chatham Islands are 870 km east of the mainland, 45 minutes ahead of New Zealand time - a special place to visit.
The locals are genuine, friendly and welcoming. Their isolation;changeable, moody climate; and a history that goes back to the Moriori, gives them a strong community spirit, a sense of independence and self-sufficiency that allows them to be at ease with their lot.
Chatham Islands visitors enjoy the island as is – trees that lean one way, rugged landscapes containing an array of volcanic formations, original forest remnants, rolling farmland, sandy beaches, seas full of fish and spectacular ever-changing scenery.
This is a place to visit before you die!
10 Reasons to visit the chathams
An isolated and unspoilt destination
Guided, informative, well-paced and organised daily tours
Savouring the local seafood almost daily
Taking the opportunity to visit nearby Pitt Island
Experiencing first-hand the contrasting landscapes and ever changing scenery
Exploring the history and heritage of the Chatham Islands people
Fishing like it used to be
The knowledge, expertise and organisation of the guide
Enjoying local hospitality at an exclusive BBQ at the famous Admiral Farm
Walking on the beach and watching seals, oyster catchers and of course the wekas
Typical 8 Saturday / Saturday itinerary
An early afternoon departure from the Mainland onboard Air Chatham’s turbo prop Convair. Refreshments will be served during the 2 hour 15 minute (approx) flight. The interior of the plane is spacious and comfortable. On arrival late afternoon you will be met by your hosts and taken to a buffet dinner either at the Kaingaroa Sports and Social Club or at the Hotel. Check in to your accommodation for the week.
Sunday B L D
After breakfast you may decide to take a fishing trip. After lunch the group departs for Wharekauri, Splattered Rock and Mt Chudleigh Reserve. A BBQ will be held tonight at ‘Admiral’s Farm’ (weather dependent) – the homestead, stunning garden and endemic plant restoration nursery of Val Snr and Lois Croon.
Monday B L D
Morning tour to the incredible Basalt Columns where you will also see seabirds including oyster catchers. Visit the Port Hutt fishing village, Waitangi West and the early settler’s Stone Cottage - Great photo opportunities. Return to hotel for dinner – followed by a talk by Val Croon or a DOC representative.
Tuesday B L D
After breakfast depart for the DOC nursery to meet staff and see their extensive work programme on the islands. Continue on to Te Matarae – a private reserve where many endemic plants can be seen. Return to the hotel for dinner.
Wednesday B L D
Depart for Awatotara Reserve to see the Parea Wood Pigeon and endemic plants, then on to Owenga Village, spending time at local artist Eva Cherie’s impressive gallery before stopping at the Ranga Ika cliff top reserve for lunch - with views of Pitt Island.
Travel to the most Eastern point of the Chatham Islands (Millennium Site) and then to Shelley Beach to look for shells before returning to hotel for dinner.
Thursday B L D
Visit Blind Jims at Te Whanga Lagoon and search the shoreline for fossilised sharks’ teeth, travel on to Kaingaroa via the Ocean Mail Reserve and Torotoro Memorial - home of the Moriori Tree Carvings (Dendroglyphs).
Lunch at Hapupu National Reserve, take a short walk to the only accessible seal colony, Kaingaroa town and the site of Broughton Landing 1791 (early whaling village) and see the Sunderland Flying Boat which is being restored. This full day tour will help you appreciate
the size, beauty and culture of the Chatham Islands. Return to the hotel for dinner.
Friday B L D
A free day to explore the town. Options include Paua hunting off the rocks around Waitangi Wharf; a town walk to include the Museum, Craft Shop, Waitangi Store or an extra fishing trip (own expense).
Remember to return to the hotel for a tasty fresh fish and chips lunch.
Other options include a round of golf (own expense) at the ‘very much Chathams’ course (subject to availability) or the cliff-walk to Tikitiki Hill. Farewell dinner at the hotel.
This morning you will be transferred to the airport in time for a mid morning flight home arriving on the mainland around lunchtime.
• Pitt Island – The optional Pitt Island tour (own expense) is
often listed as one of the highlights of the tour (also weather
• Fishing - a fishing trip is very ‘Chatham
Islands’ - a great experience. You will have loads of fun and
can expect to catch blue cod and groper on your ‘rope’ line.
Scheduled for a good weather day.
All activities and sightseeing tours are weather dependent
Six Day itinerary will be scheduled accordingly
Departure Dates for the Chathams
04 - 11 April
8 day tour
If our tour dates don't suit you please call us to arrange your own Chatham Islands experience. We can arrange flights, transfers, accommodation and daily cooked breakfast anytime.
Inclusions / Exclusions
• Return air travel on Air Chathams
• All transfers
• All meals
• All sightseeing as per itinerary
• Services of a local guide
• Optional Pitt Island excursion
• Fishing trips
• Items of a personal nature
• Travel Insurance
Eight Day per person
Standard Twin / Double $4,238
Executive Twin / Double $4,518
Single (no private facilities) $3,995
Single in standard Twin / Double $4,895
* Please note there is a $100 per person airline surcharge for the Tauranga departure
* This is a cash / cheque price. All credit cards will incur a 2% surcharge
* Itinerary and costs subject to schedule changes, airline surcharges