Banking and Eftpos
Most shops and cafes accept credit cards and eftpos, but carrying cash is also advisable. Generally prices are slightly higher than mainland New Zealand due to freight costs.
A combined ANZ Bank/Post Office is located in Waitangi. Cash withdrawals are available. The bank is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday between 10.00am – 2.00pm (Closed on Wednesdays and weekends).
An ATM machine is available at the Hotel Chathams Public bar during trading hours.
Calling the Chathams Islands from Mainland New Zealand is a standard national call. There is no cell phone coverage on the Chatham Islands, which means it is a real escape from the rat-race. There is a public telephone in Waitangi (card phone).
High-speed wi-fi Internet is available in many locations. Enquire with your host.
Electricity is produced by diesel generators and two wind turbines. Power supply and plugs are the same as in mainland New Zealand so all your appliances will operate.
There are a number of churches on the Chatham Islands offering services and historic interest.
St Augustine Church in Te One has a service each Sunday at 10:30am to which visitors are warmly welcomed.
There are two primary schools on Chatham Island, at Te One and Kaingaroa, and one on Pitt Island. Most secondary students attend boarding school in mainland New Zealand.
Medical and Safety
We really want you to enjoy your Chatham Islands holiday and remind you to consider your personal safety while you are enjoying this wonderful but remote environment. There is a very well-appointed Medical Centre in Waitangi, complete with a resident Doctor, small Pharmacy and a well-qualified and capable nursing and support staff to meet every need.
While the medical care on the Chatham Islands is good, acute cases and emergencies are airlifted to mainland New Zealand.
Please be sure to bring your own medications with you.
Emergencies dial 3050 111 (Police, Fire and Ambulance services are based on the Chatham Islands.)
Local phone numbers:
• Police Station: 3050 334
• Hospital: 3050 035
• Fire Station: 3050 064
• Department of Conservation: 3050 098
• Fisheries Office: 3050 004
• Information Centre: 3050 443
• Tourism Development Office: 3050 655
If phoning from mainland New Zealand Prefix with 03.