Chatham Islands

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The Chatham Islands invoke visions of a remote ocean-bound wilderness and are most famous for plentiful fresh seafood and fascinating marine and wildlife.

The Chatham Islands, 800 kilometres east of New Zealand, are about as far off the beaten track as you can get.  With outstanding scenery and welcoming hosts, this place will leave a lasting impression on you.

Home of the Moriori

The Chatham Islands were first inhabited by the Moriori people. European sealers and whalers were the next to arrive, followed by Maori from the New Zealand mainland. Descendants of Moriori still live in the Chatham Islands; Kopinga Marae is testimony to a resurgence of their culture.

Enjoy the outdoors

You'll find outdoor activities aplenty here. Relax on deserted beaches, hike through wild landscapes and discover genuinely unique plant and bird life. Take a fishing charter, wander along the lagoon shores and you'll likely find ancient fossils. Take a boat or plane journey to neighbouring Pitt Island and you are visiting the first inhabited place on the planet to see the sun rise.

Old fashioned hospitality

Chatham Islanders are relaxed and friendly. From backpackers to self-catering, there are a number of accommodation options. See the Chatham Islands Tourism Development Office for more.

Air Chathams provide a scheduled service to the Chatham Islands from Wellington, Christchurch or Auckland

 

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Great Barrier Island →

Subantarctic Islands →

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