About Us

Tourism Chatham Islands was created to represent the many people and operators and businesses involved in tourism and infrastructure on the Chatham Islands. Representation on Tourism Chatham Islands includes the Enterprise Trust, our local airline, Air Chathams and the Chatham Island Council, along with many of the accommodation and tour providers from around the islands.

Tourism Chatham Island’s vision is

A sustainable Chatham Islands visitor industry, providing engaging experiences and quality services to visitors for the benefit and enhancement of the Chatham Islands community.

The mission statement of Tourism Chatham Island:

To develop the visitor industry on the Chatham Islands in a manner that is economically, environmentally and culturally sustainable and providing benefits back to the Island community

The Values that we promote are:

  • Kaitiakitanga (Guardianship and Protection)
  • Manaakitanga (Mutual Respect)
  • Whanaungatanga (Sense of family, Working together)

Tourism Chatham Islands is funded and supported by the Chatham Islands Enterprise Trust, and Tourism Industry members

So close to home!

Sensuous sunsets
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The Chatham Islands is made up of a small group of 11 islands, some 860 kilometres east of Christchurch. The islands are New Zealand’s most easterly territory. The time zone on the Chatham Islands is 45 minutes ahead of mainland New Zealand. There are approximately 600 people living on the Chatham Islands, including 40 or so people on Pitt Island. These islands support a thriving business community and a unique way of life.

The Chathams have a range of stunning landscapes,  from rocky coastlines, volcanic peaks, limestone and basalt cliffs to swampland and lakes and endless expanses of golden or white sandy beaches.  There is certainly plenty for you to see and do.

The economy of the Chatham Islands is heavily dependent on fishing, farming and tourism. Most of the land on the Chatham Islands is either privately owned, or owned by the Crown. 

There is no cell phone coverage on the islands.

There are a full range of medical/health services available on the Chathams. The Chatham Islands Hospital (medical centre) in Waitangi provides  comprehensive range of health servic

es and is staffed by a GP and Registered Nurses. In addition, Maori Community Health provides some services in the community.

There are a variety of sporting and recreational clubs on the Chatham Islands including netball, rugby, touch rugby, darts, golf and a gun club.

As it is in other parts of mainland New Zealand, housing is at a premium here on the Chathams. The shortage is mainly attributable to the availability and cost of land and the cost of freighting the building materials from the mainland. Freight alone can account for as much as an additional 40% on top of normal construction costs.

The costs of freight impacts on the price of groceries, fuel and electricity, compared to mainland NZ.

Each region of the Chatham Islands has its own unique features and flora and fauna and these islands are home to some of the world’s rarest species of plants, insects and birds. 

The Chatham Islands are the first inhabited place on Earth to greet the new day and with a rich cultural heritage this is a holiday not just about places, but also about people. Take the time to discover the history about this ancestral home of the Moriori people, with the landscape revealing and telling their stories through the many sites of cultural significance.

A holiday on the Chatham Islands is a journey of discovery.

With an economy reliant on commercial fishing, the visit is not complete without dining at the fisherman’s table while enjoying the generous hospitality of the Chatham Islanders. Accommodation providers can be located from the menu at the top of most pages.

So come on over today to a unique corner of New Zealand and discover for yourself the Chatham Islands.

A wee reminder though, that in order to film anything for commercial purposes on public conservation land you must have a concession from DOC. This includes activities such as making a documentary, movie or advertisement. Please visit the following link for more information >>>>>

Local Time

The Chatham Islands is the first inhabited place in the world to see the rising sun each day. Local time is 45 minutes ahead of mainland New Zealand and observes the same daylight savings start and finish dates.