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Chatham Islands walking

Walking on the Chatham Island

Tailor-made packages available ( ideal for groups and clubs ). 
The Chatham Islands offer a great variety of interesting walks including coastal cliff tops, contrasting bush and dune walks to historical sites and the seal colony. Walks vary from two to seven hours with transport and a guide is included.


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Typical Eight Day Walking Tour

Walking Packages - Eight Days / Seven nights

Itinerary (Thursday to Thursday)



Depart around 1pm on Air Chathams to arrive in the Chathams late afternoon. Transfer to your accommodation via a short tour of town. Settle into accommodation. Seafood dinner at the hotel.


Depart hotel at 8.30 am for Wharekauri, with spectacular views around coastal cliff tops to Cape Young to finish at Splattered Rock (12km – relaxing six -seven hours)


Depart hotel at 9am for Kaingaroa and Ocean Mail Reserve. Lunch at Hapupu Reserve (tree carvings) and on to Port Munning for a five hour walk including the historic sites and seal colony.

(optional seafood buffet at Kaingaroa)


Optional Cliff Walk (1hr 30m) or local church service.

Depart Hotel 12.30pm to Nikau for Lunch. Two hour walk to the top of Mt Chudleigh and return to Admiral Farm for BBQ (optional).


Depart Hotel 9am for Tommy Tuuta Memorial Reserve for a four hour walk to Rangaika cliff top and reserve, Owenga and Shelly Beach.


Pitt Island (optional)

Depart Hotel at 9.30am on the bus to Awatotara Reserve to see the Parea. Te Matarae for Lunch, Henga Reserve walk then to the Moriori Rock Carvings (optional with extra fee)  (3 x one hour walks) or free day to walk around town, museum etc)


Depart hotel at 9.30am for Basalt Columns, Port Hutt, Stone Cottage then walk to Cape Paterson along to Waitangi West. (two hours) Return to hotel for Farewell Dinner


Depart accommodation at 8.30am to the airport for a return flight to the mainland, arriving in Auckland around 11.30am

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Guided walks on the Chatham Islands

Available Walks (all with a tour guide)


Wharekauri Walk

Spectacular views around coastal cliff tops created by ancient volcano activity and further sculptured by the wind and sea

Distance: +/- 12 kms one way from the beginning of the track to Splatter Rock and Oyster Catcher reserve area on the beach at Mairangi.

Time: 6.5 hrs total walking time, 8 hrs from hotel return.

Features: moderate to hard walking, initially across pasture land, then moderate to hard grades with some hill climbs along the coastal cliffs


Ranga Ika Walk

Breathtaking views of the southern coastal cliffs plummeting 200m into the sea and across Pitt Strait to the islands. Also great views north across Te Whanga Lagoon to the volcanic basalt cones to the north.

Distance: 5km from the bus to the reserve, 8km down Gillespie Creek Valley to the Owenga road

Time: About 3.5 hrs walking time

Features: Easy to moderate walking on 4WD farm tracks. The eastwards walk along the cliff tops is undulating with a few boggy patches and from the reserve is downhill apart from one short section where you cross Gillespie Creek and climb up to the track


Nikau Bush Scenic Reserve

This area protects the largest stand of Nikau remaining on the main Chatham Island. The Nikau flower during December and January.

About 1.5km past Blind Jim’s Creek, a sign marks access to the reserve. Go through the gate and follow the fence line for about a km. The track begins at the information panel and travels in a loop through the forest beneath stately palms.

Time: 1.5hrs return from the road on a well-marked and formed track. Some sloping terrain



Henga Scenic Reserve – two hr bush and dune walk

This reserve has it all – regenerating broadleaf forest, limestone outcrops, sand dunes and great views of Petre Bay

Access to the track is via Chatham Lodge – admire the view of Lake Marakapia on the way to the start of the track.

Turn left at the first and second forks and continue to the limestone crops and sand dunes or turn right for a short bush loop.

From the limestone, carry on down the dunes, follow the track north, turn inland back through the bush  back to the start.

Time: 2hrs long loop track, well marked and mown, some steep and uneven


Okawa Walk

The wind-swept north-eastern coast is a historically significant part of the Kaingaroa area

Distance: 10km one way from the beginning of the track around Okawa Point to Mission Bay. A further 2km from Mission Bay to the Point Munning Seal Colony

Time: 5 hrs total walking time, initially across pasture land, along the beach and around the rocky Okawa and Mission Bay

Features: Easy to moderate walking, initially across pasture land and around the rocky Okawa and Mission Bay headlands

Optional Tours

  • Pitt Island Tour ($380 per person) - full day

  • Rental Van Hire - $135 per day + fuel

  • Packed lunch - $ 25 per day

  • Continental Breakfast at the Hotel - $ 20

  • BBQ at Admiral Farm - $ 45

  • Seafood buffet at Kaingaroa - $ 50

Prices subject to change

Booking conditions

Booking Conditions

  • A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person is required along with your completed booking form

  • Full payment (65 days prior to departure)

  • Both deposit and final payment are non refundable 


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0800 785 386 (NZ only)

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PO Box 313, Pukekohe 2340

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