Chatham Islands Tour - CIX
You are invited to join our popular Chatham Islands tour, exploring the unique flora, fauna and landscapes that make these islands so very special.
The Chatham’s are a small group of islands with a unique and astonishingly rich biological heritage. The island group is home to 20 percent of New Zealand’s threatened bird species and 14 percent of our threatened plants.
Recent years have seen significant conservation work to restore native ecosystems and some dramatic success stories, such as the recovery of the Chatham Island Black Robin. Other beautiful birds and plants await your discovery.
Combine this with the Moriori and other early settler history,tree and rock carvings, the chance to explore New Zealand's isolated outer islands and enjoy true Chatham Island country style hospitality - a truly memorable holiday experience.If it’s in the itinerary, its included. Our tour includes good quality lodge accommodation, touring, entrances, local host, sightseeing and ALL meals.- Return airfares ex mainland New Zealand, airline taxes, international airfares and other arrangements are additional.Departures ex Auckland and christchurch
- Unique flora & fauna
- Moriori history
- lodge accommodation
- Unique birds
- Kopinga Marae
- Kaingaroa village
- Point Munning
- Fossil Hunting
- Tree carvings
- Great Hospitality
**Group Size limited to 10**
Your tour can be departing from either Auckland or Christchurch. Check tour code below when booking:
CIX- departure from Auckland
CHC- departure from Christchurch
Day 1: Your flight on Air Chathams is approximately 2 hours 15 minutes (from Auckland) during which you will be served refreshments with light meal. (Chathams time is 45 minutes ahead of mainland time) Arrival time from Auckland or Christchurch. On arrival to Chatham island you will be met by your hosts and transferred to accommodation south of the main township of Waitangi, where you will have time to wind down and relax take in the great sights and maybe a walk along the coastal rocks before our included welcome dinner tonight and the chance to meet fellow travellers.D
Day 2: After breakfast (served from 7.30 onwards) 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 the first landing by Europeans in 1791. Then we visit the sites of missionary and whalers settlements, and the only accessible seal colony.B,L,D
Day 3: Travel north west to Port Hutt. Enroute we will visit the basalt columns, the Port Hutt fishing village , and then 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 4: After breakfast we travel further south to Awatotara and Tuku where you may spot the native wood pigeon (Parea) and Chatham Island Tui. Then we will head to Henga Farm to walk through the nature reserve, the beach dunes walk and admiral garden.B,L,D
Day 5: Today we will travel east to Owenga where on the way we will visit Kopinga Marae (Moriori) for morning tea and have an informative talk. Then on to the small village of Owenga to view the statue of Tommy Solomon the last full blooded Moriori. Then a trip to the Millennium Site (weather permitting). B,L,DDay 6: This day is for the guests to enjoy, The optional fishing trip is set for this day as well as free time to visit the museum, art gallery, craft shop, Nairn house, etc around the Waitangi settlement.B,DDay 7: North to Cape Young. On the way a stop at Blind Jims Bluff where the lagoon meets the road to look for ancient fossilised sharks teeth. Visit Nikau Scenic Reserve. then on to Wharekauri Station, to Splatter Rocks and Cape Young. We have our farewell dinner (included) tonight.B,L,DDay 8: After breakfast its time to say farewell before you will be transferred to the airport to catch your mid morning flight home (to Christchurch or Auckland, which (if Auckland) is scheduled to have you back approximately midday.BNote these days will change in rotation and all fishing and off road ventures are weather dependant as are inclusions and access
This is a GUIDED holiday.
- TOUR INCLUDES:
Scheduled transport upon arrival Chatham Island until end of tour, transfers on island, lodge accommodation, local tour host, entrances, attractions, meals as per itinerary B = breakfast, L = light lunch, D = welcome, farewell and other dinners as specified.TOUR
- EXCLUDES: Flights, drinks, gratuities, optional items.
- OPTIONAL EXTRA:
There is an option for a day trip to Pitt Island which is catered for by Flowerpot Adventures where you are taken by 4 wheel drive van over the island and given lunch prepared on the island. Price for this Optional Extra including air travel is $390.00 per person.
- TOUR INCLUDES:
- From $3,395 per person twin share. Single supplement add +$590.