Air Chathams is the only regional domestic airline that flies to the Chatham Islands. Flights depart from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch four to six times a week.
As this is an internal flight within New Zealand, no immigration documentation is required. So getting to the Chatham Islands is as easy as flying from Auckland to Christchurch! The flight time takes around 90 minutes in a Convair 580 aircraft and light refreshments are served during the flight.
Check-in is located at the Air New Zealand domestic terminals. To locate your check-in gate enquire at the Air New Zealand information desk. As there is no public transport on the Chathams, you will need to make arrangements with your hosts for you to be picked up from the airport.
Chatham Islands Shipping Limited
Chatham Islands Shipping Limited leaves every 10 -12 days but unfortunately are unable to carry passengers. They do carry produce and general cargo to and from the islands and the arrival of the ship creates a hive of activity on the water front at Waitangi or at Pitt Island when it calls there.
The airport it is located 20km from Waitangi. It is advised that you make arrangements with your accommodation provider to be met on arrival as there are no shuttle buses. Rental vehicles are available but is is advisable to make prior arrangements through your accommodation provider.
Guided tours can be organised through your accommodation and private tour operators. These are listed on the directory located on this website.
Getting to Pitt Island
Visitors must charter transport to Pitt Island. It takes about 20 minutes to get there by plane and 1-2 hours by sea. For more information contact Air Chathams or your accommodation host.
Driving Tips and Road Conditions
Chatham Island roads are well formed and maintained. There are 12 kilometres of sealed road and 85 kilometres of gravel. Please take care when driving, as dust, children, hikers, mountain bikers stock and motor bikes are common. At night you may also encounter wandering stock. For your safety and that of other road users, please stick to the speed signs and for additional safety we strongly recommend a maximum speed of 40km in towns and 60km on the open road.
Chatham Islanders are friendly – so be sure to wave!