Walking Chatham & Pitt Islands
November 2021

Don’t let Covid-19 prevent you from taking a trip ‘overseas’ and experiencing a different culture. The Chatham Islands environment is special, rich in its variety of indigenous plants and animals, historic relics and landscapes. Prepare to be surprised as these mysterious islands yield up their secrets. Landscapes with volcanic peaks thrusting up out of rolling peatland, towering seacliffs, the vast expanse of Te Whanga Lagoon, endless kilometres of sandy beaches and the ever-present ocean. Situated in the South Pacific Ocean, about 800km east of Christchurch, the Chatham Islands are New Zealand’s most easterly region. An archipelago of 11 islands, only Pitt and Chatham are inhabited by about 600 people. Meet the Chatham Islanders; a friendly and easy-going local community who extend warm hospitality to visitors. Visit heritage sites and learn of the fascinating history shaped by years of isolation; Moriori, Maori, sealers, whalers, missionaries, farmers, and settlers. We will encounter plenty of plants and birds, including species native to the Chatham’s, some of which are quite rare. Enjoy plentiful fresh seafood: crayfish, paua, and blue cod.  Our walks will take us through contrasting landscapes:  karaka forests, farmland, rocky coastlines, dunes, sandy beaches, expansive wetlands and conservation areas. Spend two nights on Pitt Island, surprisingly different from Chatham Island. Pitt Island is still the most isolated rural community in New Zealand territory. Stay in recently opened suites on Chatham Island and a boutique lodge on Pitt.

TOUR MANAGER – Jenny Newby Fraser

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • The services of an experienced Calder & Lawson Tours tour manager
  • Return airfare ex Auckland to Chatham Island
  • Scenic return flight Chatham Island to Pitt Island
  • 5 nights accommodation on Chatham Island (twin share)
  • 2 nights accommodation on Pitt Island (twin share)
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • All group transfers
  • Activities and sightseeing tours as detailed in the itinerary
  • Pre-tour material

TOUR EXCLUSIONS

  • Domestic flights/travel to/from Auckland (arrangements can be made for you at an additional cost)
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Beverages during included meals, unless specified
  • Personal expenses
  • A 2.5% surcharge if you wish to pay by credit card

TOUR PRICE
Share twin or double occupancy       NZD$5,290

This tour is now full, please contact us if you would like to go on the waitlist – 0800 853 276 or email cnltours@hot.co.nz 

GROUP SIZE Minimum 8, maximum 10