Passport

Your Chatham Islands Passport

As the Islands represent something akin to a “Noah’s Ark” of plants, insects, marine life and birds, it is critically important that all visitor’s familiarise themselves with the bio-security rules and practices in place on the islands.

In addition, access (for visitors) to many of the attractions on the islands involves crossing private land and property and there are some basic rules that need to be adhered to in order to maintain the goodwill of the landowners involved.

Of course, all of the accommodation providers on the islands and the inbound tour operators know the ins and outs of access and who to approach for any changes to a tour itinerary, so don’t hesitate to ask when you make your bookings.

All of the operators want you to enjoy your trip and they want you to want to come back again and to tell all of your friends about the trip.
It is important that you see and do as much as you can while you are here and that you return home safely. The health and safety rules here on the islands are just as stringent as they are back on the mainland of New Zealand and as our environment can be a little harsh at times, we take your safety very seriously. 

 

Do:

Do have fun and enjoy your trip
Do take lots of photographs and ask lots of questions
Do go to Pitt Island – they welcome visitors
Do talk to the locals – they expect and welcome it and they will be interested in where you come from
Do try the local seafood
Do catch a fish or two. Take them home or have them cooked for you

Don’t:

Do not endanger the bio-security integrity of our islands as we have many many species that are critically endangered.
Do not bring plants, weeds, pests or exotic fish/animals into our islands (check with accommodation provider first)
Do not leave anything behind here but your footprints and smiles (and payments for any services rendered of course)
Do not venture onto private land without permission of the landowner
Do not disrespect the cultures of our islands