DISCOVER THE CHATHAM ISLANDS
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.
The weather is typically oceanic with mixed conditions. Monthly temperature ranges from about 8 C in winter to 18 C in summer. Like the rest of New Zealand, it is possible to experience temperature and weather variations in the same day.
The Chatham Islands are 45 minutes ahead of New Zealand time.
Mobile phones can be left at home, as they will not work on the Islands (no cell phone service), providing an opportunity to relax and switch off from the world.
5 days/4 nights (ex Wellington)
Day 1 (Mon) | Wellington – Chatham Island
Flight from Wellington to Chatham Island on AIR CHATHAM. Arriving in the afternoon. Transfer to Hotel Chatham.
Day 2 (Tue) – Day 4 (Thu) | Chatham Island | (B,L)
3 days exploring the Island with several options (additional cost): Walking Tours, Geology Tour, Fishing & Diving, Bird Tours, Botanical tour, day tour to Pitt Island. A one day tour with some of the islands key highlights is included:
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 across many paddocks, to reach the huge Fur Seal Colony at Point Munning.
Day 5 (Fri) | Chatham Island - Wellington | (B)
Transfer to the airport. Return flight to Wellington.
- Additional/Optional Tour Costs
- Hotel Mini Bar
- Other Sightseeing & Meals not specified in Itinerary
5 days: $2,630.00 Per Person on a Share Twin Basis
Single Supplement: Additional $ 690 per person
Surcharge Hotel Chatham (Executive/Superior Water Front Vilas) or Waitangi Bay Forget Me Not Suites:
$ 280 per person – Single Supplement: Additional $ 280 per person.
Valid for weekly departures between Jul 2020 and Apr 2021
See below for full Terms and Conditions.
Click here to download your printable PDF version of the Chatham Islands Tour ex Wellington.
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.
Hotel Chathams specialises in tours on Chatham Islands. Options including:
* Walking Tours *Fishing & Diving Tours
* Botanical Tours *Geology
*History & Cultural Tour *Chatham Island Bird Tour, plus Pitt Island
Fully guided day tours can be arranged at the hotel; generally a local guide will take you to places that are not accessible to the general public due to many of Chatham Island’s places of interest being on private land. Costs per person approx. $ 250 p.p.
Rental car hire can be arranged at the hotel for approx. $ 250 per day (depending on the size)
Fishing or diving charters are $195.00 per person for half a day, and all charters are subject to minimum numbers (normally 6), also subject to weather conditions. If you are interested in different options of charters, the hotel can arrange these for you.
There is always something to do while staying at Hotel Chatham. Make the most of the outdoors and get back to nature by taking one of the great walks on offer. All walks are with a tour guide and vary in time and distance to suit all.
Spectacular views are moderate to hard walking. Walking time is approximately 6.5 hours. Best suited to fit walkers and trampers.
Historically a significant part of the Kaingaroa area. Easy to moderate walking. Walking time is approximately 5 hours.
Ranga Ika Walk
Experience breath-taking views of the southern coastal cliff plummeting 200 meters into the sea and across Pitt straight to the islands. Easy to moderate walking. Walking time is approximately 3.5 hours.
Te Awapatiki (the pathway of the flounder)
Through this walk you will encounter special significance to the Moriori. This walk is rich in diverse flora & fauna. Total walk time is approximately 5 hours.
An optional overnight stay at Taia House can be arranged on request. A short excursion can be made from the house out through Taia Reserve to the coastline. This walk has Moriori tree carving at the northern end of Lake Kairae. Total walk time is approximately 3 hours.
Payment Terms & Conditions
A non-refundable deposit of $900 per person is required at the time of booking.
The balance of the tour price is required 45 days prior to your travel date. If you book inside 45 days, full payment will be required at the time of booking. Payment can be made by bank transfer. We also accept Visa and Mastercard at an additional fee of 3.1%.
If you cancel between 21 and 45 days 30% of your tour cost will be charged. If you cancel between 8 and 20 days prior to your tour departure you will be charged 50% of your tour cost. Cancellations within 8 days of departures will incur a 100% cancellation charge.
Inspired New Zealand Tours recommends purchasing travel insurance, even when travelling within New Zealand.
Full terms and conditions are available here.
When a booking is made it is accepted that these are agreed to. They include the following: Itineraries are correct when initially published, however are subject to change due to circumstances outside our control. Flights are the responsibility of the passenger and Inspired New Zealand Tours takes no responsibility for costs involved for any changes to flights that might be required due to necessary amendments in itineraries.