Discover the Chathams
Your Chatham Islands adventure holiday will be a journey of discovery. Take a step back in time, to how life used to be. You will pleasantly surprised as these mysterious islands open up their secrets to you. Landscapes with volcanic peaks thrusting up out of rolling peatland, forest-topped, towering cliffs, the vast expanse of Te Whanga lagoon, the endless kilometres of sandy beaches and the ever present ocean.
Situated in the South Pacific Ocean, about 800km 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.
Meet the Chatham Islanders; people who remain true to themselves while extending warm hospitality to visitors. Visit heritage sites and learn of our fascinating history shaped by years of isolation; Moriori, Maori, sealers, whalers, missionaries, farmers and settlers.
See for yourself the strange and beautiful Chatham Island plants. Although some of our rare birds are protected on island sanctuaries, you can readily find others in bush, on roadsides and beaches. Walk through our forests, expansive wetlands and conservation areas. Venture to Pitt Island, even more remote and surprisingly different from Chatham Island.
Share in the bounty of our oceans; crayfish, paua, kina and blue cod, which also help sustain our economy. Then relax and absorb the peace and tranquility of the Chatham Islands.