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 Islands
Flight from Wellington to Chatham Islands on AIR CHATHAM. Arriving in the afternoon. Transfer to Accommodation (Motels, Lookout or North-West Bungalow).
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 Islands - Wellington | (B)
Transfer to the airport. Return flight to Wellington.
- Additional/Optional Tour Costs
- Hotel Mini Bar
- Other Sightseeing & Meals not specified in Itinerary
01 MAY 21 – 25 SEP 21 - 5 days: $2,630.00 Per Person on a Share Twin Basis
Single Supplement: Additional $ 690 per person
26 SEP 21 – 30 APR 22 - 5 days: $2,740.00* Per Person on a Share Twin Basis
Single Supplement: Additional $ 830 per person
* subject to any increases of Air Chathams
Surcharge Hotel Chathams or Waitangi Bay Forget Me Not Suites on request only.
Valid for weekly departures between Apr 2021 and Apr 2022
See below for full Terms and Conditions.
Click here to download your printable PDF version of the Chatham Islands Tour ex Wellington.
LOOKOUT Motel - Timber cottage retreat
The Lookout is just 400 metres up from the beach and Chatham Hotel. This is a more private retreat on the Chatham Islands which is perfect for groups, families or work teams. Elevated with a large covered veranda upstairs, Lookout has great views of farm landscapes and the bay. Plus, there's a big lawn to kick a ball about too. Self-contained units on the ground floor. Upstairs there's a large, well-equipped kitchen to congregate around and a very comfortable lounge. Laundry available onsite. Fully licensed Restaurant at Hotel Chathams with a lounge bar and public bar - perfect for enjoying wine and local seafood, our specialty, whilst taking in the superb seaside views. Hotel Chatham runs a courtesy van to and from the Bar and Restaurant.
NORTH-WEST Bungalow - Cute above the bay
Our North West self-contained bungalow is cosy little spot for a couple. Queen bed – ensuite with shower – Veranda with sea and garden views – fully equipped kitchen. About 500 metres up from Hotel Chatham you can get away from the CBD crowds. Fully licensed Restaurant at Hotel Chathams with a lounge bar and public bar - perfect for enjoying wine and local seafood, our specialty, whilst taking in the superb seaside views. Hotel Chatham runs a courtesy van to and from the Bar and Restaurant.
CHATHAM RISE MOTEL
The Chatham Rise Motel is a good option for independent travellers, and small holidaying or working groups wanting quiet and privacy, just 700 metres up from Hotel Chatham. Chatham Rise Motel includes four units: Unit 1 has five bedrooms with a large shared lounge and kitchen, group dining table and comfortable lounge. Laundry available onsite. Unit 2 and 3 are self-contained double bedrooms. Unit 4 has two bedrooms with shared amenities. Hotel Chatham runs a courtesy van to and from the Bar and Restaurant.
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.