Chatham Islands Tour Itinerary
CHATHAM ISLANDS TOUR ITINERARY
These days could change depending on where the Air Chathams flight leaves from but we will endeavour to include all sites.
Note these days will change in rotation and Pitt Island and off road ventures are weather dependant.
Departing mainland airport at 1.00pm on Air Chathams Convair 580 turbo prop, this flight is approximately 2 hours 15 minutes in which you will be served refreshments.
Arrival time on the Chathams is approximately 3.45pm (Chathams time is 45 minutes ahead of mainland time) where you will be met by Greg or Rosemarie Horler your hosts and transferred to your accommodation at Awarakau Lodge. The Lodge is 9 kms south of the main township Waitangi. You will have time to wind down and relax, take in the great sights and maybe a walk along the coastal rocks before the evening meal.
After breakfast (served from 7.30 onward) you will go north to Kaingaroa.
A stop at Ocean Mail Scenic Reserves where you will have a picnic lunch. Take a walk in the DoC reserve and see the regeneration of the wetlands. Then to the dendroglyh grove and on to Skirmish Bay the place of the first landing of Europeans in 1791. Visit the site of the early missionaries and whalers.
Visit to the only accessible seal colony.
Travel North West to Port Hutt where on the way we will visit the basalt columns as well as a visit to the Port Hutt fishing village.
Visit to the stone mission house built around 1866 by German missionaries.
From there we will go to Waitangi West Beach which is the most Westerly point on the island, then back to a home cooked meal
After breakfast we travel further south to Awatotara and Tuku where you can spot the native pigeon (parea) and Chatham Island tui. Then we will head to Henga farm to walk through the nature reserve and beach dunes walk and enjoy an Admiral garden tour.
After breakfast we will travel east to Owenga, where on the way we will visit Kopinga Marae (Moriori) for morning tea and informative talk, then on to the village of Owenga to view the statue of Tommy Solomon, the last full blooded Moriori.
Later a trip to the Millennium site (weather permitting).
Back home through the inland road.
Pitt Island day trip is set for this day and is a highly recommended optional extra (weather permitting) with the alternative of visits to the museum, art gallery, craft shop and visit to Nairn House around Waitangi.
North to Cape Young. On the way a stop at Blind Jim's where the lagoon meets the road to have a look for fossilised sharks teeth. Visit Nikau Scenic Reserve, then on to Wharekauri Station to Splatter Rocks and Cape Young.
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport to catch your mid-morning flight home which will have you back approximately midday.