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Chatham Islands Tours, Accommodation and Flights

Chatham Islands

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!

 

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10 Reasons to visit the chathams

  • An isolated and unspoilt destinationAlbatross 1
  • 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 FarmChathams Pitt Outhouse
  • Walking on the beach and watching seals, oyster catchers and of course the wekas

Typical 8 Saturday / Saturday itinerary

Saturday D

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.

 

Saturday B

This morning you will be transferred to the airport in time for a mid morning flight home arriving on the mainland around lunchtime.



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• Pitt Island – The optional Pitt Island tour (own expense) is

often listed as one of the highlights of the tour (also weather

dependent).

 

• 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

2017

 

 

 

Christchurch

04 - 11 April

8 day tour

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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

Includes

• Return air travel on Air Chathams

• Accommodation

• All transfers

• All meals

• All sightseeing as per itinerary

• Services of a local guide


 

Excludes

• Optional Pitt Island excursion

• Fishing trips

• Items of a personal nature

• Travel Insurance

Costs

2016/2017 (NZD)

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

 

Includes
  • Return air travel on Air Chathams

  • Accommodation

  • All transfers

  • All meals

  • All sightseeing as per itinerary

  • Services of a local guide

 
Excludes
  • Optional Pitt Island excursion

  • Fishing trips

  • Items of a personal nature

  • Travel Insurance

 

Contact Us

0800 785 386 (NZ only)

1800 797 495 ( Australia only)


All other countries
+64 9 237 0013

info@pukekohe-travel.co.nz


Hours: Mon - Fri 8.30am - 5.30pm, Sat 9am - 1pm

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PO Box 313, Pukekohe 2340
 

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