Eating & Drinking

The Island offers a small number of outstanding dining options and a chance to taste quality cuisine including blue cod and crayfish.
The Hotel Chathams restaurant, specialising in local seafood delicacies, is open 7 days a week for breakfast and evening dining. Hearty, healthy packed lunches are available on request along with bar lunches, meals and cabinet food and snacks during trading hours.
For the opportunity to meet the locals and support local fundraising for projects, check out The Den Kitchen for lunch and dinner on Wednesdays. Select from a variety of affordable, fresh and delicious homemade food, including blue cod, cooked to order and ready-made. Takeaway and dine in.
Most accommodation providers also cater for guests as well.

Food can also be purchased from Waitangi Store and Waitangi Wholesalers stocks a wide range of beers, wines and spirits.

The Islands’ remoteness ensures cold, clear, clean water that is key to the quality world class seafood for which the Islands are renowned. Frozen seafood can be purchased directly from the Chatham Islands Food Company or ordered online for mainland delivery.

Another Island specialty is honey. This can be purchased from Admiral Gardens, Chatham Cottage Gifts and Hotel Chathams. Innovative award-winning Go Wild Freeze Dried Honey celebrates the uniqueness of our local bees and endemic plants; it can be purchased from Hotel Chathams or at www.gowild.shop

Please note, the Island is varroa free and no honey products should be taken to the Islands.

  • Chatham Island Food Co

    Chatham Island Food co specializes in selling fresh, frozen and live seafood all over the world from right here on the Island. Book a tour, learn about local Island delicacies and hear our story.   

  • Chatham Islands Freeze Dried Honey

    This innovative award-winning product celebrates the uniqueness of our local bees and endemic plants. Light and crunchy with rich floral flavours, it can be enjoyed on its own or added to your favourite desserts to surprise your dinner guests.

  • Hotel Chatham

    (Bookings essential) Centrally located in Waitangi. Family owned and operated with fully licensed restaurant, lounge bar, public bar, TAB, ATM, Tour desk and souvenir shop. Waitangi   

  • The Den

    Open every Wednesday selling a variety of affordable, fresh and delicious homemade foods. Lunch from 10am to 2pm Dinner from 5pm to 7pm Waitangi   

  • Waitangi Store

    Waitangi store has all your needs covered, including all your usual grocery and food requirements as well as a great range of local souvenirs, crafts, t-shirts, caps and other gifts.   

  • Waitangi Wholesalers

    First Bottle Store to see the Sun and Moon rise in the Whole Wide World (weather permitting!) Fine Wines, Spirits and Beers. Centrally Located 200 metres from CBD