Explore the Chatham Islands


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    The Chatham Islands is New Zealand’s last frontier. 800km east of New Zealand mainland Chatham Islands is the first place in the world to see the sunrise each day. The Chatham Islands consists of approximately 51 islands, only two of which are inhabited – Chatham and Pitt. Chatham, the largest island has an area of around 92,000 hectares. Almost a quarter of the island is covered by lagoons and lakes. The largest is Te Whanga Lagoon, which dominates the eastern side and is intermittently open to the sea.

    The descendants of the first settlers on the Chatham Islands were the Moriori (arriving at least 500 years ago). The Moriori developed a distinctive culture in the islands. The rich history of the islands and its first people still hold a strong presence to this day with their original name for Chatham Islands Rekohu, and the Maori name Wharekauri.

    Chatham Islands offer unspoilt beaches, unique fauna, and flora, fishing and great local seafood.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 – travel to Chatham Island
    Flight to Chatham Island on AIR CHATHAM. Arriving in the afternoon. Transfer to Hotel Chatham.

    Day 2 – Chatham Island
    Meet your driver at the hotel.   Travel north to Ohira visiting the amazing Basalt Columns, part of lava flows dating back over 80 million years. Visit the Island’s most sheltered harbour, Port Hutt which has the most shipwrecks on the island.   Travel 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 (first catalogued in 1947).   Also visit Broughton Landing – an old Mission and Whaling Station, before travelling across many paddocks, to reach the huge Fur Seal Colony at Point Munning. (B, L)

    Days 3 – 7
    Days at leisure to explore the Island with several optional tours available to be booked locally: Walking Tours, Geology Tour, Fishing & Diving, Bird Tours, Botanical tour, Day tour to Pitt Island. (B, L daily)

    Day 8 – travel to New Zealand
    Transfer to the airport. Return flight home. (B)

    Inclusions

    • Flight: Ex Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch return flight to Chatham Island on AIR CHATHAM
    • Return Airport to hotel transfers on Chatham Island
    • One full day local guided tour of Chatham Island including a packed lunch
    • 7 nights in comfortable Hotel Chatham including continental breakfast,
    • 6 x lunches (These maybe packed, depending on any additional arranged sightseeing)

    Accommodation – Hotel Chatham

    Hotel Chatham is centrally located by the sea, in the main settlement of Waitangi. Family owned and operated since 1991, the Hotel offers the very best of Chatham Islands hospitality. The Hotel has a fully licensed restaurant with a lounge bar and public bar – perfect for enjoying wine and local seafood, our specialty, whilst taking in the superb seaside views. The Hotel also operates a souvenir shop. Guests can stay in one of the hotels 19 modern and spacious rooms.

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