7 Nights: Thursday 9 March - Thursday 16 March 2023
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.
Please contact Calder & Lawson Tours if you are interested in a single occupancy place.
GROUP SIZE Minimum 8, maximum 10
Moderate | 3-5 hr/day | 12-20 km/day | 300-500m ascent/descent | Walking up to 5 hours a day on sometimes undulating walking trails. Possibly some walking at moderate altitude.