Tourism on the Chatham Islands is very different from mainland New Zealand. Plan your trip to ensure that there is accommodation and transport available. Most attractions are on private land and need to be pre-arranged, and as there are limited transport options, no airport bus, or Island taxis, it is important to have your visit pre-planned and pre-booked.
Most visitors stay up to seven days to see the main Chatham Island and spend time on Pitt Island. There are several ways to plan and book your holiday.
- Choose an accommodation provider that aligns to the type of stay you enjoy and seek their assistance. Awarakau Lodge, Flowerpot Lodge (on Pitt Island) and Hotel Chatham all offer guided tours.
- Contact Chatham Island Travel. They are Island based locals who work directly with a number of providers and can customise flights, accommodation, transport, guided tours and activities. They also offer packages.
- Joining a tour group is highly recommended. There are a small number of tour companies that are members of Tourism Chatham Islands and listed on our website who are very familiar with the Islands and have long standing relationships with Island operators. Some are specialists in certain topics. All will provide you with a comprehensive interpreted tour that is the best way to get the most from your time on the Island.
There is no provision on the Island for camping or freedom camping. All accommodation must be pre-booked with operators.
Chatham Island Tours are locally owned and specialise in customised guided tours for groups of 15 to 18 in a 4WD tour vehicle and have existing arrangements with landowners.