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 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 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
- Unique birds
- Kopinga Marae
- Kaingaroa village
- Point Munning
- Fossil Hunting
- Tree carvings
- Great Hospitality
**Group Size limited to 10**
Your tour can depart from either Auckland or Christchurch.
Check tour code below when booking: Quote CIX - departure from Auckland CHC- departure from Christchurch
Day 1 Thursday:
Departing mainland airport on Air Chathams Convair 580 turbo prop this flight is approx 2 hours 15 minutes in which you will be served refreshments of a light meal. Arrival time on the Chathams is approx 3.45pm (N.B: Chathams time is 45 minutes ahead of mainland time) where you will be met by your hosts for this week and transferred to your accommodation, where you will have time to wind down and relax take in the great sights or maybe a walk along the coastal rocks before this evening's Welcome Dinner. D
Day 2 Friday:
After breakfast (served from 7.30am) we go north to Kaingaroa. A stop at Ocean Mail Scenic Reserve where we will have a picnic lunch. Take a walk in the DOC reserve and see the regenerating wetlands. Then to the dendroglyh grove and Skirmish Bay the place of the first Europeans landing in 1791. Visit the sites of missionaries and whaler settlements, then to the seal colony. B,L,D
Day 3 Saturday:
Travel north west to Port Hutt where on the way we will visit the distinctive basalt columns followed by a visit to Port Hutt fishing village. Later we visit 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 back to our accommodation for dinner. B,L,D
Day 4 Sunday:
After breakfast, we travel further south to Awatotara and Tuku where you can spot the native pigeon (parea) and Chatham Island Tui. Then we will head to Henga Farm to walk through the nature reserve and beach dunes walk and Admiral Garden. B,L,D
Day 5 Monday:
After breakfast, we will travel east to Owenga where on the way we will visit Kopinga Moriori Marae for morning tea and informative talk. then on to the village of Owenga to view the statue of Tommy Solomon the last full blooded Moriori. Then a trip to the millennium site (weather permitting). Back through inland road to accommodation. B,L,D
Day 6 Tuesday:
This day is free for the guests to enjoy. An optional fishing trip is set for this day or visits to the museum, art gallery, craft shop, visit Nairn House at Waitangi. B,D
Day 7 Wednesday:
North to Cape Young. On the way a stop at Blind Jims Bluff where the lagoon meets the road to look for fossilised sharks teeth. Visit Nikau Scenic Reserve. then on to Wharekauri Station to Splatter Rocks and Cape Young. B,L,D
Day 8 Thursday:
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your mid-morning flight home which will have you back approx midday. 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
- OPTIONAL EXTRA:
There is an option for a day trip to Pitt Island where you are taken by 4 wheel drive van over the island and given lunch prepared on the island.
- From $3,795 per person twin share. Single supplement 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