7 Nights: Thursday 9 December - Thursday 16 December 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, Chatham Island is inhabited by about 660 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. Prepare to be impressed by the contrasting landscapes: karaka forests, farmland, rocky coastlines, dunes, sandy beaches, expansive wetlands and conservation areas. You will stay in the recently opened Forget Me Not suites.
Please contact Calder & Lawson Tours if you are interested in a single occupancy place.
GROUP SIZE Minimum 10, maximum 18