Chatham Islands – Rēkohu

8 Day Tour to Chatham Islands, Rēkohu/Wharekauri

We are incredibly privileged to have the opportunity to be hosted by Greg and Rosemarie Horler of Awarakau Lodge who have the contacts to ensure we can responsibly visit the island's historical and natural highlights, accessible only by private land.

We want to take this opportunity to thank the island's community for sharing the island's treasures with us.

Chatham Islands is a must do experience for all Kiwis. Situated about 800 km to the East of Christchurch, the Chatham Islands are New Zealand’s most Easterly territory. An archipelago of 11 islands, of which only two (Pitt and Chatham) are inhabited and a total population of about 600 people.

Experience the warm welcome and share the unique lifestyle of the islanders. Learn about this isolated island's history with stories of the Moriori, Maori, whalers & sealers, missionaries, fishermen and farmers who have settled here.

The Chatham Islands has many rare species unique to the islands. These species include the parea (Chatham island pigeon), Chatham Island tui, threatened seabirds such as tāiko and the many threatened plant species such as nau/Cook’s scurvy grass which are unique Chathams.

On tour we will learn about the projects being carried out by the community's Chatham Island Taiko Trust

For photographers the island has some of the most beautiful and rugged scenery in the World, so make sure you bring plenty of memory cards and the battery charger for your camera.

If weather permits you have the option of a day trip to Pitt Island, Rangiaotea/Rangiauria. This Island is the second largest island in the Chatham Archipelago. It may only be 6300 hectares, but it carries a precious cargo of some of the world’s rarest birds and plants. There are some 800+ hectares set aside as Scenic Reserves. These provide a secure habitat for the many bird species that live there.

The Chatham Islands have an incredibly rich human and natural history. You will learn about the heritage of these beautiful islands directly from Chatham Islanders.



Would you like to put your name down for a tour next year? Contact us, we are taking names for 2021-22 summer season. Click here

Have you ever thought about joining one of our tours to D'Urville Island? Click here

Departure dates:

Depart Wellington: Monday 7th December 2020

Return Wellington: Monday 14th December


Depart Christchurch: Tuesday 23rd March 2021

Return Christchurch: Tuesday 30th March

7 nights, 8 days.

Twin share at the beautiful Awarakau Lodge with our local hosts Greg and Rosemarie Horler.


Flying with Air Chathams. At Chathams Islands we will travel in a van. Read about the Air Chathams fleet here.



$4,950 per person

Twin share, shared bathroom

$5,100 per person

Twin share, private bathroom


Due to the limited availability of accommodation at the island, single supplement will be by negotiation


Optional day trip to Pitt Island $400 per person.


Group size

10 including your Driftwood guide



Children in a swimming pool

We have a pledge to financially support the Chatham Island Community Swimming Pool upgrade by donating $100 for each guest we bring to the island.

This our small way to say thank you to the Islanders who warmly welcome us

Awakaura Lodge
Warm hospitality (photo Awarakau Lodge)

Basalt Columns, Chatham Islands
Basalt Columns (photo Awarakau Lodge)

Chatham Islands
(photo Awarakau Lodge)

Chatham Islands
(photo Awarakau Lodge)


Tour Features

  • Fully escorted tour from the departure Airport & return by your Driftwood Eco Tours guide
  • Accommodation and catering supplied by our local host Rosemarie and Greg Horler of Awarakau Lodge
  • Guided tours with Greg
  • Rosemarie is a 6th generation Chatham Islander
  • Visit many of the island’s places of historic and natural interest thanks to prior the arrangements made by Greg and Rosemarie with local land owners
  • A highlight is our visit to the Kopinga Marae of the Moriori where we will hear their story
  • An optional day trip to Pitt Island will be organised if weather permits
  • Wonderful photographic opportunities in one of New Zealand’s most beautiful landscapes
  • The unique Chatham Islands wildlife and flora, includes a visit to the wetlands and reserves to hear about the conservation initiatives on the island


Tour Inclusions

  • Return flights with Air Chathams
  • Pick up and drop off from the airport at Chatham
  • Accommodation and catering (drinks are at your own expense)
  • Access fees to private property
  • Guided tours by vehicle

"A trip to D’Urville Island with Driftwood Retreat and Eco-Tours turned out to be a great experience. The history of the island from Maori settlement many years ago, to DOC’s involvement and several thriving farms today, was told to us, and we were driven all over the island to see this for ourselves. We stayed at Catherine Cove in the Wilderness Resort and our hosts Rose and Will looked after us wonderfully well. Magnificent views, interesting flora seldom seen, and even a couple of deer running across the road were all part of the trip. Totally recommended." Pat and Gordon McArthur.

Questions? Ring Will and Rose at Free Phone 0800 708 844 - 03 5777 651