Chatham Islands in a day: North East & Waitangi

From Auckland Airport to Auckland Airport
  • Stewart Island & Chatham Islands
  • Group
  • Wildlife and Nature
  • Off the beaten track
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Tour Description

Chatham Islands in a day: Explore North East Chatham Island & Waitangi

The Chatham Islands are one of the first places in the world to welcome in each new day.  Sitting approximately 800km off the coast of mainland New Zealand the Chatham’s archipelago consists of 11 Islands, most uninhabited except for the vast numbers of birds who call the islands their home.  The unique mix of breath-taking scenery, diverse birdlife, unique history and rich culture makes the Chatham Islands a destination like no other.

We are offering you the unique opportunity to take to the skies and spend a full day exploring the best the Chatham Islands have to offer. 

On this full day experience; taste the unique local honey and food, walk the wetlands, see the  living kōpī trees carved by Moriori, visit Point Munning Seal Colony, Kaingaroa village, the Sunderland flying boat museum, Waitangi and Kōpinga Marae

This is day trip option 1  (there are 3 day trip options), the others are (2) North West & Waitangi, and (3) Pitt Island

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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.

Learn about Chatham Islands history - visit the relatively intact 1945 Sunderland flying boat that once serviced the Chathams, and can now be found at her resting place on a remote farm east of Kaingaroa township.

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!

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Auckland Auckland

Its an early start! But worth it!
Our flight departs Auckland Airport at 6am in the morning, for a journey of approximately 2 ½ hours.

Upon arrival you will be greeted at the airport and we will depart for the North East side of the island and start our exploration.

Our first stop is a nearby Honey Apiary producing the renowned honey, where due to a disease-free environment and endemic native plants for the bees, the result is red-coloured, uniquely flavoured, Chatham Islands honey. We take a walk to check out how the bees are getting on and learn about the honey production and queen bee exporting!

We will then head off on a wetlands walk. A gentle 20 min loop walk with views of the wetlands and peat lakes. This walk provides a close look at endemic plants such as the Chatham Island spear grass and bamboo rush.

Next up is a visit to Hapupu- Barker Brothers Historical Reserve. This location is culturally and historically significant because of the rākau momori on the kōpī (karaka) trees, and because of the Moriori archaeological landscape they sit within. Rākau momori are carvings incised or bruised into living kōpī trees by Moriori.

We will then stop at Kaingaroa Village where you will have lunch. Known as the “Sunshine Coast” of the Chathams, the fishing village of Kaingaroa is where HMS Chatham first arrived in 1791, captained by William Broughton. Captain Broughton claimed the island for Great Britain, and it was used as a base for sealers and whalers.

With full bellies we continue our journey to the Point Munning Seal Colony where you will get up close one of the largest seal colonies on the island! This is followed by some time to explore the Sunderland aircraft flying boat museum. Kaiwhata Farm is home to the remains of a RNZAF Short Sunderland aircraft. The famous flying boat once provided a lifeline between Rēkohu and the mainland, until it was holed by a rock while taking off from Te Whanga Lagoon in 1959.

Having discovered the North East part of the Island, we will head back into town (Waitangi) for more exploring. We will stop at Tikitiki Lookout, a great spot to overlook the township of Waitangi and sprawling beach below. Tikitiki Hill walk provides a great lookout over Petre Bay, towards the Red Bluffs. You will also be able to look down onto Waitangi township, and have a bird’s-eye view of the new Waitangi Wharf.

Heading down into Waitangi Town you will have a short time to go and explore at leisure. You will feel like you have stepped back in time to a place with no supermarkets, retail stores, skyscrapers, traffic jams or McDonald’s. Take some photos or shoot down to the local pub for a quick drink.

Our last stop is Kopinga Marae where we will have dinner and a cultural tour. Kōpinga Marae, is the only Moriori marae in the world and is the central base for the revitalization of Moriori culture and language. A guided tour of Kōpinga will leave you inspired by the history of Moriori people.

For dinner enjoy some typical Chatham Islands dishes and warm hospitality before we head back to the airport for an 8.00pm departure. It will be a late arrival back into Auckland but you will take home with you memories of an incredible place like no other, the magical Chatham Islands.

What’s Included

Food
  • Included Copy 20 Lunch & Dinner
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Return flights Auckland / Chatham Islands / Auckland
  • Included Copy 20 Tour guide
  • Included Copy 20 Bus transportation on the island
  • Included Copy 20 Maximum group size 22 (50 on flight)
  • Included Copy 7 Drinks, travel insurance (recommended)
Transportation
ATR 72

Activities

  • Included Day trip to Chatham Islands on a ATR 72
  • Included See Rākau momori - carvings incised or bruised into living kōpī trees by Moriori.
  • Included Visit Point Munning Seal Colony
  • Included Experience Kōpinga Marae, the only Moriori marae in the world
  • Included Great Chatham Islands vistas - visit Tikitiki Lookout
  • Included Explore the Sunderland aircraft flying boat museum
  • Included Learn about uniquely flavoured, Chatham Islands honey.
  • Included Wetlands walk - check out endemic plants such as the Chatham Island spear grass
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Duration

1 days

Price from

$1,524 USD

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