9 - 14 December 2020Download PDF Itinerary
Double or twin share $4,210.00No. of people
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Visiting the Chathams is an adventure! Visitors to the Islands never forget their experience - the scenery, the people, the peace and the nature.
Located 800 km east of Christchurch the Chatham Islands are home to rare birds and unique plant species. 600 islanders live here and it is the ancestral home of the Moriori people.
Weather on the Chathams is temperate but changeable. Suitable clothing for changeable weather is advisable. Comfortable walking shoes are essential and a reasonable level of fitness is required.
Wednesday 09 December - Welcome to the Chathams
This morning we are transferred to Wellington Airport where we gather to join our Air Chathams flight to the Chatham Islands.Light refreshments will be served on our two hour flight. (During the flight you may like to put your watches forward as the Chathams are 45 minutes ahead of New Zealand mainland time.)
Touching down onto the island we will be met by our hosts at the airport and transferred to our accommodation at Chatham Hotel in the main village of Waitangi. We will have the opportunity once we have settled into our rooms to explore the village, visit the museum, browse the Chatham Cottage Gift Shop and take a wander down to the wharf. This evening we enjoy our first taste of island hospitality, dining in at our hotel.
Thursday 10 December - North West
After breakfast this morning we embark on our first adventure, driving up Tikitiki Hill.The dramatic red volcanic bluffs will impress, while providing views down over the port and the village of Waitangi. We then set off for the north western part of the island to visit the amazing basalt columns – a fascinating series of pentagonal shaped volcanic rock columns on the shoreline and found nowhere else on the island. Next we visit Port Hutt where a landmark rusting ship sits in the Island’s most sheltered bay.
This afternoon we enjoy a great coastal walk to explore another interesting geological formation - a remarkable pillow lava flow named Splatter Rock. This is also a great place to view Chatham Island forget-me-nots in the wild. Keep an eye out for the endangered Chatham Island oystercatcher (Torea). Finally we visit the Stone Mission Cottage, the oldest house on the island, built by German missionaries in the 1860’s. Mt Maunganui, another interesting volcanic formation, provides a stunning backdrop to the cottage which is inhabited by an island local who has returned to her roots.
Friday 11 December - South East
This morning we visit Kopinga Moriori Marae.A very special place where the unique design of the marae provides ancestral history and heritage, architecture and breath-taking 180-degree views. We then journey out to Owenga to visit the art gallery of Eva-Cherie Tuck, a self-taught artist whose colourful artworks depict the wildlife and landscapes of the Chathams. We also stop to view the famous statue of Tommy Solomon, the last full blooded Moriori, located on land near where he farmed. We find a sheltered spot for a picnic lunch and enjoy further sightseeing in the south east corner of the island before returning to our hotel for dinner and the opportunity to sample more of their seafood specialties.
Saturday 12 December - Wild Food Challenge Day!
This morning we head off to Henga Reserve.This 170-hectare reserve features a huge sand dune system, coastal forest, impressive vegetation regeneration, limestone outcrops and spectacular views over Petre Bay. We then head off to Admiral Gardens where the famous Wild Food Challenge is held. The Wild Food Challenge is a culinary adventure competition where competitors create a dish using at least one wild ingredient – hunted, fished or foraged. We’ll enjoy seeing and tasting dishes created by locals in a casual and fun environment, along with local arts and crafts
Sunday 13 December - North East
A big day out today as our travels take us to the north eastern corner of the Island, with a picnic lunch onboard.On our way we pass Blind Jim’s Creek on the shores of Te Whanga Lagoon where fossilised sharks’ teeth are found. Te Whanga Lagoon is the largest natural feature on the island, covering some 16,000-hectares. Continuing on to Point Munning we take a short walk to visit a local seal colony. We also visit Kaingaroa Fishing Village, Broughton Landing (an old Mission and Whaling Station site) and a farm where we will be able to view the remains of a wrecked Sunderland Flying Boat which hit rocks while taxiing in Te Whanga Lagoon in 1959. We enjoy Chatham hospitality this evening - a barbecue at Admiral Farm, a fourth generation Chathams property with a gorgeous garden. It features the eerie skeletons of dead kopi trees and great drifts of the stunning Chatham Island forget-me-not, planted to stunning effect.
Monday 14 December - Travelling Home
We depart our hotel for the airport this morning, checking in for our flight back to the mainland.Upon arrival back in Wellington you will be met by our coaches to transfer you back to your hometown.
The cost of the tour includes
- Tour fully guided
- 5 night’s accommodation at Hotel Chatham
- Daily tours around the island
- Entry to Wild Food Challenge
- Transfers to and from Wellington Airport
- Return airfares with Air Chathams
- All meals: breakfasts, lunches and dinners
- Entry to all attractions and sites visited