Chatham Islands 2019

6-11 December 2019

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Double or Twin Share $3,980.00

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Superior upstairs room-Double or Twin share $4,180.00

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Single accommodation with ensuite $4,805.00

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Single room with shared bathroom $3,830.00

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Deposit to confirm booking $1,000.00

Balance payable by: 16 Sep 2019

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Come and join us to explore this amazing "bucket list" destination.

We are thrilled to be returning to this remote part of New Zealand, we fly direct from Wellington with Air Chathams and stay five nights on the island in a very comfortable hotel, enjoying fabulous meals.We include a selection of day tours that explore the unique history, landscape, and lifestyle of the people of the island. Every day is an adventure! Our island exploration requires a level of basic fitness and a flexible attitude. We aim to take full advantage of many of the island’s special features and natural attractions that take a ‘little time and effort’ to reach.

Double or twin share   $3980.00 per person

Superior upstairs room Double or twin share*   $4180.00 per person

Single accommodation with ensuite    $4805.00 per person

Single accommodation with shared bathroom**   $3830.00 per person

*  Once all standard double/twin rooms are sold, superior rooms are the alternative, unless specifically requested

** “single accommodation with shared bathroom” offers the following:

2 bathrooms and 2 toilets shared between 6 single rooms.  The bed in each room is a single.

Early Bird Special-Save $75.00 per person* Applies to bookings made before 19 July 2019

Day 1

Friday 06 December - Welcome to the Chatham Islands

This morning we are transferred to Wellington Airport where we gather to join our Air Chathams flight to Chatham Island.

Light refreshments will be served on our two-hour flight. (During the flight you may like to put your watches forward - 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 located in the main village of Waitangi. We will have the opportunity once we have settled into our rooms, to explore the village, visit the Chatham Island 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.

Day 2

Saturday 07 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 not found anywhere else on the island. Next, we visit Port Hutt, where a landmark rusting ship sits in Chatham 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.

Day 3

Sunday 08 December - South East

This morning we visit Kopinga Moriori Marae.

A very special place, 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.

Day 4

Monday 09 December - South West

This morning we visit a farming property, located on the shores of the Te Whanga Lagoon.

Here we can enjoy a bush walk through regenerating native bush and meet the owners over a cuppa. We then journey down to the south western part of the Island where we visit Awatotora Reserve, another area of regenerating native bush, and home of the Chatham Island wood pigeon (Parea). Larger and heavier than its mainland cousin, this trusting bird should be easy to spot. Further sightseeing along this stretch of coastline and around the village with perhaps the opportunity to visit the little historic Anglican Church at Te One fills the remainder of our afternoon.

Day 5

Tuesday 10 December - North East

A big day out today, as our travels take us to the north eastern corner of the island.

We head out with a picnic lunch onboard. On our way we pass Blind Jim’s Creek on the shores of Te Whanga Lagoon place 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.

Day 6

Wednesday 11 December - Travelling Home

We depart our hotel for the airport this morning.

Checking in for our flight back to “New Zealand”. 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
  • Transfers to and from Wellington Airport
  • Return airfares with Air Chathams
  • 5 night’s accommodation at Hotel Chatham
  • All meals: breakfasts, lunches and dinners
  • Daily tours around the island
  • Entry to all attractions and sites visited

Departure Detail

Thank you Ali for your professionalism as our tour guide, Steve and I both enjoyed the tour very much. - Pearl, Travel Club Member