There are a wide variety of places to explore and things to see and experience on these magical, mysterious islands.

You can walk in solitude, peace and safety across endless sandy beaches, or through lush scenic bush reserves. Take a coastal route and marvel at the cliffs and ocean views. Wherever you go, you will never be far from the wide open expanses of the Pacific Ocean.

If you enjoy history, the Chathams have a vibrant  and accessible past. From the stories of durability and hundreds of years of survival amid a sometimes hostile environment, through warfare, oppression and slavery, to the more recent highs and lows of commercial developments and the infamous boom years of the crayfish industry.

There are also a large number of early Moriori historical places, predating European and Maori settlement, many of which will help you learn more about the tragic and turbulent past of these picturesque islands. The Chatham Islands are also home to scared and historical Moriori carvings found nowhere else in New Zealand.

The natural landscapes and wildlife are still very much unaffected by the arrival of humans to the island and you will easily find unique flora and fauna and coastal areas teaming with birds.

Early European history is visible with the early cottages that are still standing, some dating back 170+ years, to the time when New Zealand was being settled by Europeans.

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