Chatham Islands

The Chatham Islands are just about as far away from civilisation as you can get. In a country already known for its unspoiled landscapes, unique wildlife and strong indigenous culture, the Chathams have to be the crown jewels. Be enthralled by the isolation, hospitality and rugged beauty that the Islands have to offer.

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 Chatham Islands Beachscape  Chatham Islands Enterprise Trust

 One of two double bedrooms in the lakeview suite at Peppers Beacon, Queenstown.  Amelia Norman

Chatham Islands
Accommodation

The Chatham Islands offer a range of accommodation options, from secluded  holiday homes, hotels and motels, to exclusive beach front properties.

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 Seals on rocks at Chatham Islands  Chatham Islands Enterprise Trust

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Activities

The Chathams are booming with activities, featuring options such as pig hunting, charter fishing, scenic flights and back-country hiking.  

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About Chatham Islands

Situated 800kms off the eastern coast of mainland New Zealand is the Chatham Islands group. This archipelago of 10 small islands has officially been part of New Zealand since 1842, and they form the smallest and most isolated region in the country.  

Only two islands, the largest Chatham, and Pitt Island are populated, with a combined total of about 600 people. A full 45-minutes ahead of NZ time, the Chathams are the first inhabited place in the world to see the sun rise, an experience not to be missed.

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How do you get to Chatham Islands?

  • Travel by Plane
    • The Chatham Islands can be reached direct on Air Chathams from Auckland, Wellington, Napier and Christchurch. Pitt Island can be reached by an Air Chathams flight from Chatham Island.
  • Travel by Train
    • There are no train services on any of the Chatham Islands.
  • Travel by Bus
    • There are no public or charter bus services on the Chatham Islands.
  • Rent a Vehicle
    • Several companies on Chatham Island rent out vehicles to visitors. There are no rentals available on Pitt Island.