Our trip to the Chathams was more than we expected and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The hotel staff were very friendly and helpful and our tour guide was excellent. We are so pleased we went and are considering going back as we would like to go to Pitt Island. Thanks for putting the ad in the Kiwi Gardner magazine which brought it to our attention.
Chatham Islands Tour - CIX
Number of Days: 8
Destination: New Zealand
You are invited to join our popular “small group” Chatham Islands tour, exploring the unique flora, fauna and landscapes that make these islands so very special.
The Chatham Islands are New Zealand’s easternmost outpost. The international dateline stretches around the Chatham's, so it is the worlds first permanently inhabited place to welcome in each new day.
The isolation of the Chatham's has created a unique island lifestyle and society, many locals descend from Moriori genealogy.
The remote location of the Chatham's has resulted in endemic flora and fauna, found nowhere else in the world.
Discover the rich Moriori history and culture, including Nunukus law, combined with other early settler history, tree and rock carvings, dramatic scenery, a unique opportunity to explore New Zealand's isolated outer islands and enjoy true country-style hospitality, for a truly memorable holiday experience.AND, as with all our tours, If it’s in the itinerary, its included.
Our tour includes good quality lodge accommodation, touring, entrances and
sightseeing, ALL meals, taxes and the services of the local tour host.
- Unique flora & fauna
- Moriori history
- Unique birds
- Kopinga Marae
- Kaingaroa village
- Point Munning
- Fossil Hunting
- Tree carvings
- Great Hospitality
**Group Size limited to 10**
Day 1: On arrival at the Chatham's this afternoon you are met by your hosts and transferred to our accommodation where you have time to relax, take in the great sights or a walk along the coastal area before our included special welcome dinner tonight and the chance to meet fellow travellers. D
Day 2: After breakfast, we go north to Kaingaroa, with a stop at a scenic reserve where we will have a picnic lunch. Take a walk in the DOC reserve and see the wetland regeneration, then to the dendroglyh grove (living tree carvings). Continue to Skirmish Bay, the place of Europeans first landing 1791. We then the sites of missionary and whalers settlement. B, L, D
Day 3: Today we will travel east to Owenga where on the way we will visit Kopinga Marae (Moriori) for an informative talk. Then on to the small village of Owenga to view the statue of Tommy Solomon the last full-blooded Moriori. B, L, D
Day 4: This morning we travel north-west to Port Hutt. Enroute we will visit the basalt columns, the Port Hutt fishing village, and then weather permitting the stone mission house built around 1866 by German missionaries. From there we will go to Waitangi West Beach - the most westerly point on the island. Then it’s time to head back for a home-cooked meal. B, L, D
Day 5: After breakfast, we travel south to Awatotara and Tuku where you may spot the large native wood pigeon (Parea) and local Tui. Then we will head to Henga Farm to explore the nature reserve, beach dunes and garden, and the seal colony. B, L, D
Day 6: This day is for the guests to enjoy optional activities or at leisure. There’s free time to visit the museum, art gallery, craft shop, Nairn house, or explore around Waitangi. B, L, D
Day 7: North to Cape Young. On the way a stop at Blind Jims Bluff where the lagoon meets the road and the site of ancient fossilised sharks teeth. Try fossicking for some. Then on to Nunuku’s Cave and the Nikau Scenic Reserve. Next stop is Wharekauri Station, then to Splatter Rocks and Cape Young. Last stop is at the amazing Admirals Gardens. We have our included farewell dinner tonight. B, L, D
Day 8: After breakfast its time to say farewell before you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight. B
B = Breakfast, L = Light lunch, D = Dinner
Note these days will change in rotation and all fishing and off road ventures are weather dependent as are inclusions and access
Package itinerary includes scenic and historic sites and may vary with requests from guests in consultation with your tour hosts (ie: fish or visits to other sites etc).
- All transfers on Chatham Island
- All meals
- All sightseeing as per itinerary
- Tour guide/host
- Fishing trip
Optional extras (subject to minimum numbers and weather): Pitt Island Day Tour $450 pp
- From $3,795.00 per person twin share | Single supplement from $1,275.00 | Dates upon application
Thank you for organising our Chatham Island Trip. It was absolutely awesome! The choice of the Lodge was a total winner with amazing hosts, chefs, and tour guides. Our 1-hour scenic flight turned into a 3-hour flight plus landing on Pitt Island and being driven to Glory Bay and seeing the oldest Doc Hut in NZ!
So this very worthwhile experience of the Chathams is now ticked off my bucket list!Carol M