Discover the Chatham Islands

From Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch
  • Stewart Island & Chatham Islands
  • Custom
  • Wildlife and Nature
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Tour Description

Discover the Chatham Island on our 8 day flexible independent tour.

Fly from Auckland or  Christchurch (2 hours 15) or Wellington ( 1 hour 45) on Air Chathams, and discovery a wild, unique and remote far corner of New Zealand.

Explore the main island of the archipelago , Chatham Island from your base in the main settlement of Waitangi. From here discover the beautiful flora and fauna, and stunning geological features - see hexagonal basalt columns formed over 80 million years ago! While the Chathams may only have a population of around 600, its a place teeming with history. The Moriori arrived in about 1500, and some of their traditions can be witness today in memorial tree carving. Then came the Europeans in 1791 when an English ship was blown off course, followed by Maori from 1835 and German Morovian missionaries in 1843, through to the crayfishing boom of the 1960's... there are countless stories to tell and places of interest to explore.  Visit historic sites including Manganui Stone Cottage and Port Hutt fishing village. Perhaps even add a day trip out to Pitt Island - one of  the first inhabited islands in the world to greet the new day.

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Visit the basalt columns, located on private land in Ohira Bay, these columns were formed from lava flows around 80 million years ago. The area was also once used as a quarry by Moriori for tool making purposes.

Walk through wetlands on the lookout for endemic flora and fauna, visit one of the largest seal colonies on the islands, photograph the rugged and windswept coastlines and explore the local townships - all in a days fun in the Chathams!

Visit J.M. Barker (Hāpūpū) National Historic Reserve - one of only 2 National Historic Reserves in NZ (the other is the Waitangi Treaty grounds). Hāpūpū is where you will find remnants of rakau momori, or Moriori memorial tree impressions.

Tour Itinerary

Customisable ? This tour can be customised to suit your tastes and timing. Enquire here for more information.
Day 1
Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch Chatham Islands

Flight to Chathams Island on Air Chathams from either Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch.

Upon arrival in the afternoon, transfer to your selected accommodation and settle in for the evening.

Please note: departure dates are subject to flight availability, current schedule is as follows:
Auckland: Thursday to Thursday
Christchurch: Tuesday to Tuesday
Wellington: Monday to Monday and Friday to Friday (4 night programmes also available ex Wellington)

Day 2-7
Chatham Island

Spend the next 6 days exploring the Island

One full day tour is included in your programme, this will allow you to explore some of the islands key highlights;

Meet your driver at the hotel. Travel north to Ohira visiting the amazing Basalt Columns, part of lava flows dated 80 million years ago. Visit the Island’s most sheltered harbour, Port Hutt which has the most shipwrecks on the island. Travelling through part of the Waitangi West Station and visit the iconic Stone Mission Cottage. Built by German missionaries in the 1860’s this is the oldest house on Chatham Island.
After lunch along Manganui Beach, drive to Hapupu National Historic Reserve and discover Dendroglyphs - Moriori tree carvings. Also visit Broughton Landing – an old Mission and Whaling Station, before crossing many paddocks, to reach the huge Fur Seal Colony at Point Munning.

On the following day you may wish to explore other parts of the island, or venture to Pitt Island (additional cost). Options include: Walking Tours, Geology Tour, Fishing & Diving, Bird Tours, Botanical tour, day tour to Pitt Island. (weather and number dependent, these can be booked from your accommodation)

Day 8
Depart Chatham Islands Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch

Transfer to the airport to fly onward to your selected destination.

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 7 nights accommodation, with private ensuite
  • Included Copy 31 Upgrade to the Forget Me Not Suites
Food
  • Included Copy 20 Daily continental breakfast
  • Included Copy 20 6 lunches * maybe a packed lunch, depending on sightseeing
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Auckland/Christchurch/Wellington return flight to Chatham Island on AIR CHATHAMS
  • Included Copy 20 Transfer on Chatham Island.
  • Included Copy 20 One full day guided tour Chatham Island
  • Included Copy 31 Additional day tours available

Activities

  • Included See Rākau momori - carvings incised or bruised into living kōpī trees by Moriori.
  • Included Visit Point Munning Seal Colony.
  • Included Great Chatham Islands vistas - wild and windswept!
  • Included See hexagonal Basalt Columns formed over 80 million years ago.
  • Included Manganui Stone Cottage visit.
  • Included Explore Port Hutt fishing village and see the wreckage of HMNZS Thomas Currell.
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Duration

8 days

Price from

$2,476 USD

Per person, sharing

including GST

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