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.
The Chatham Islands may be remote but getting there is easy.
Domestic airline Air Chathams(opens in new window) operate regular flights around New Zealand including the Chatham Islands from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. The airline also services flights from regional airports in Whakatāne, Whanganui, Kāpiti Coast and also Norfolk Island.
Auckland to Chatham Island, 2hrs 15min
Wellington to Chatham Island, 2hrs
Christchurch to Chatham Island, 2hrs
Families, businesses and regular flyers can take advantage of the Air Chathams Multi-pass tickets.(opens in new window)
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 sunrise.
Chatham Islanders are relaxed and friendly. From backpackers to self-catering, there are a number of accommodation options. See the Tourism Chatham Islands(opens in new window) website for more.
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.