- Duration: 8 Days (approx.)
- Product code: CHATHAMS
Departure from Auckland : Sat 11th Dec 2021
Return to Auckland: Sat 18th Dec 2021
Departure from Christchurch: Tues 18th Jan 2022
Return to Christchurch: Tues 25th Jan 2022
Departure from Wellington: Mon 28th Feb 2022
Return to Wellington: Mon 7th Mar 2022
Chatham Islands is a must do experience for all Kiwis. Situated about 800 km to the East of Christchurch, the Chatham Islands are New Zealand’s most Easterly territory. An archipelago of 11 islands, of which only two (Pitt and Chatham) are inhabited and a total population of about 600 people.
Experience the warm welcome and share the unique lifestyle of the islanders. Learn about this isolated island's history with stories of the Moriori, Maori, whalers & sealers, missionaries, fishermen and farmers who have settled here.
The Chatham Islands has many rare species unique to the islands. These species include the parea (Chatham island pigeon), Chatham Island tui, threatened seabirds such as tāiko and the many threatened plant species such as nau/Cook’s scurvy grass which are unique Chathams.
On tour we will learn about the projects being carried out by the community's Chatham Island Taiko Trust
For photographers the island has some of the most beautiful and rugged scenery in the World.
If weather permits you have the option of a day trip to Pitt Island, Rangiaotea/Rangiauria. This Island is the second largest island in the Chatham Archipelago. It may only be 6300 hectares, but it carries a precious cargo of some of the world’s rarest birds and plants. There are some 800+ hectares set aside as Scenic Reserves. These provide a secure habitat for the many bird species that live there.
The Chatham Islands have an incredibly rich human and natural history. You will learn about the heritage of these beautiful islands directly from Chatham Islanders.