5 days/4 nights (Ex Wellington)
The Chatham Islands is New Zealand's last frontier. 800km east of New Zealand mainland Chatham Islands is the first place in the world to see the sunrise each day. The Chatham Islands consists of approximately 51 islands, only two of which are inhabited - Chatham and Pitt. Chatham, the largest island has an area of around 92,000 hectares. Almost a quarter of the island is covered by lagoons and lakes. The largest is Te Whanga Lagoon, which dominates the eastern side and is intermittently open to the sea.
The descendants of the first settlers on the Chatham Islands were the Moriori (arriving at least 500 years ago). The Moriori developed a distinctive culture in the islands. The rich history of the islands and its first people still hold a strong presence to this day with their original name for Chatham Islands Rekohu, and the Maori name Wharekauri.
Chatham Islands offer unspoilt beaches, unique fauna, and flora, fishing and great local seafood.
A minimum of 2 passengers are required for the tour to depart
Day 1: (Mon) Wellington – Chatham Island
Flight from Wellington to Chatham Island on AIR CHATHAM. Arriving in the afternoon. Transfer to your accommodation.
Day 2: (Tue) Chatham Island (BL)
Meet your driver at tyour accommodation. Travel north to Ohira visiting the amazing Basalt Columns, part of lava flows dating back to over 80 million years ago. Visit the Island’s most sheltered harbour, Port Hutt which has the most shipwrecks on the island. Travel through part of the Waitangi West Station and visit the iconic Stone Mission Cottage. Built by German missionaries in the 1860’s this is the oldest house on Chatham Island. After lunch along Manganui Beach, then drive to Hapupu National Historic Reserve and discover Dendroglyphs - Moriori tree carvings (first catalogued in 1947). Also visit Broughton Landing – an old Mission and Whaling Station, before travelling across many paddocks, to reach the huge Fur Seal Colony at Point Munning.
Day 3: (Wed) - Day 4 (Thu) Chatham Island (BL)
Days at leisure to explore the Island with several optional tours available to be booked locally : Walking Tours, Geology Tour, Fishing & Diving, Bird Tours, Botanical tour, Day tour to Pitt Island.
Day 5: (Fri) – Chatham Island - Wellington (B)
Transfer to the airport. Return flight to Wellington
- Flight: Wellington return flight to Chatham Island on AIR CHATHAM
- Return Airport to motel transfers on Chatham Island
- One full day local guided tour of Chatham Island including a packed lunch
- Four nights in Motels (Lookout or North West Bungalow) including continental breakfast served at Hotel Chatham
- 3 x lunches (These maybe packed, depending on any additional arranged sightseeing)
- Any other optional Tour Costs
- Hotel Mini Bar,
- Other Sightseeing/Meals not stated in Itinerary.
- Subject to any increases of Air Chathams flights
- Surcharge for Hotel Chathams or Waitangi Bay Forget Me Not Suites on request only.
Accommodation based on the below or similar
LOOKOUT Motel - Timber cottage retreatThe Lookout is just 400 metres up from the beach and Chatham Hotel. This is a more private retreat on the Chatham Islands which is perfect for groups, families or work teams. Elevated with a large covered veranda upstairs, Lookout has great views of farm landscapes and the bay. Plus, there's a big lawn to kick a ball about too.Self-contained units on the ground floor. Upstairs there's a large, well-equipped kitchen to congregate around and a very comfortable lounge. Laundry available onsite.Fully licensed Restaurant at Hotel Chathams with a lounge bar and public bar - perfect for enjoying wine and local seafood, our specialty, whilst taking in the superb seaside views. Hotel Chatham runs a courtesy van to and from the Bar and Restaurant.
NORTH-WEST Bungalow - Cute above the bayOur North West self-contained bungalow is a cosy little spot for a couple. Queen bed – ensuite with shower – Veranda with sea and garden views – fully equipped kitchen. About 500 metres up from Hotel Chatham you can get away from the CBD crowds!Fully licensed Restaurant at Hotel Chathams with a lounge bar and public bar - perfect for enjoying wine and local seafood, our specialty, whilst taking in the superb seaside views. Hotel Chatham runs a courtesy van to and from the Bar and Restaurant.
PAYMENTS: A non-refundable deposit of $900 per person is required at the time of booking. The balance of the tour price is required 45 days prior to your travel date. If you book inside 46 days, full payment will be required at the time of booking. Payment can be made by bank transfer. We also accept Visa and Mastercard at an additional fee of 2.5%. If you cancel between 23 and 46 days prior to your travel date 35% of your tour cost will be charged. If you cancel between 9 and 22 days prior to your tour departure you will be charged 50% of your tour cost. Cancellations within 8 days of departures will incur a 100% cancellation charge.
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TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
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A minimum of 2 passengers are required for the tour to depart
Flights are the responsibility of the passenger and Innovative Travel takes no responsibility for costs involved for any changes to flights that might be required due to necessary amendments in itineraries.
Note: Wheelchair passengers
Some activities are not suitable for wheelchair passengers and any passenger requiring wheelchair assistance must be accompanied by a fellow traveller that is capable of assisting with all mobility requirements. Maximum of one wheelchair per group, the wheelchair must be fully collapsible. Further wheelchairs may be allowed subject to group size.
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