August 5, 2024 12:00 pm - August 13, 2024 11:00 am

*** NO SOLO TRAVELLER SUPPLEMENT *** Come join our annual Chatham Island Seafood Extravaganza Monday 5th August  – Tuesday 13th August for eight nights, as we enjoy the seafood this beautifully ruggedly raw location has to offer.

Hosted by Lesley & Rob Whyte and on this tour there is no additional cost if you’re a solo traveller for a room on your own!

Chatham Islands scenery is beautifully raw, the green colour is unlike what you’ve seen on mainland NZ, the history is inspiring and we have to keep coming back each year.

On this Seafood Extravaganza you will enjoy sumptuous seafood meals each day, in some cases lunch and dinner.

This tour includes

  • Air Chatham flights departing Auckland & returning to Wellington, value $1,300
  • Eight nights accommodation at Hotel Chatham on the waterfront at Waitangi
  • Own room if you’re travelling by yourself at no additional cost
  • All day coffee bar at hotel which has a Milo, coffee and tea
  • 7 cooked breakfasts, 1 continental breakfast, 7 lunches plus 8 dinners with Central Otago Maude wines & the locally brewed Breezy Brewery beer
  • Seafood welcoming dinner, on other nights enjoy more crayfish, Chatham Island Blue Cod, Paua, Hapuka, sashimi and more!  Maybe the chefs will prepare for you one of their signature dishes – Chatham Island Blue Cod curry but our favourite is their Blue Cod & chips nom nom nom!!
  • Seafood lunch, glass of bubbles (bush tour subject to weather conditions) at Kopi Bush Retreat – this is a daring and off the grid house which was featured on New Zealand’s Grand Design.  Your hosts are John & Bridget Preece who built this stunning home
  • Subject to weather, enjoy a morning out on the water fishing for Chatham Island Blue Cod
  • Chatham Islands airport transfers
  • Chatham Island book which explains the history of the island
  • Coach transport with a dedicated Chatham Island guide (we’ve requested Marcel). We will be exploring the island looking at wildlife, botany, geology and learn about the the island’s unique history, culture plus of course, you will experience breathtaking scenery and meet many locals
  • Department of Conservation and landowner concession fees – $300 per person
  • Voluntary Chatham Islands visitor levy which goes towards the island’s infrastructure maintenance is included – $25 per person
  • Quiz nights with prizes.

Check out where we’ll be heading

While you’re at Chatham Islands, there are some of the locations we take you, although during wet weather and lambing, some locations may be closed:

  • Basalt Columns which has giant kelp swaying around the columns, here we watch waves crashing over the columns
  • Visit Tommy Solomon statue, hear from his grandson Maui Solomon who will guide us across the Solomon land, hearing about the restorative tree planting they’ve undertaken
  • Visit the Moriori Marae where you learn about the history of the Chatham Island Moriori
  • View Moriori tree carvings at Hapupu and understand the significance of why these were carved
  • Port Hutt to view the two ship wrecks, understand their history and importance to the island and enjoy the guided Coastal Walk which includes exploring rock pools for paua and for the taste buds, eating fresh, raw and cooked
  • Visit Waitangi West walking the sandy beach looking for pink paua shells
  • Admiral Gardens for a garden tour and sumptuous two course dinner. Bring your credit card as the gift shop here has amazing Chatham Island gifts for you to take back home
  • Wade the shallow waters at Blind Jim’s looking for fossilised sharks teeth and sea urchin spines (gum boots a must here)
  • South Coast – for a bit of spotting, looking for the Chatham Island’s Kereru and look out to the South where the closest land is Antarctica
  • Kaingaroa, where depending on the time of the day we watch the fishermen loading and unloading their catch
  • Sunderland museum where you can see how far the restoration of the plane that crashed in the lagoon in 1959 is coming along – check out the photos of before
  • The newly opened Chatham Island Museum where you can become immersed in the island’s history
  • Visit Cottage Crafts and River Onion Cafe
  • Plus more
  • Plus don’t forget there’s a couple of quiz night with prizes.

From the time you step onboard the Air Chatham’s flight in Auckland until you step off back in Wellington, there are no other costs unless you want barista coffee or buy something from one of the island’s local gift and speciality shops – simply pack your bag and bring your credit card. An ATM at the the hotel and general store allows you to take cash out during their opening hours.

Excludes

  • Purchases of a personal nature
  • Alcohol over and above that provided with dinner and spirits
  • Coffee not from the coffee bar – ie barista or speciality coffees

NZ$500 per person deposit secures your place

Balanceis due 6 weeks prior, payable on invoice by credit card

Some fun facts

A Journey Back in Time – the Chatham Islands is a place with no supermarkets, retail stores, skyscrapers, traffic jams or McDonald’s, instead you’ll experience a friendly fishing & farming island community.

  • Chatham Islanders will likely call you a New Zealander
  • They refer to New Zealand as if it is a different country
  • Chatham Islanders call themselves Weka’s not Kiwi’s
  • Locals wave to each other when passing on the road, its polite to wave back

Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel the amount you have paid is refundable only if we are able sell your seat
  • If for any reason we have to cancel, what you’ve paid is fully refundable.

Insurance & Other Items

Chatham Islands weather can occasionally cause flight delays, we recommend you take travel insurance and if booking connecting flights, book fully flexible airfares for your flights to Auckland and home from Wellington.  We are not be held responsible for any additional costs relating to flight changes should your Air Chatham flights be changed or be disrupted due to weather related delays.

  • Monday 5th August  – outbound flight departs Auckland at 1.30pm – group check in is at 11.30am
  • Tuesday 13th August – return flight lands back in Wellington around 10.00am – please book any onward connecting fight for after 12.30pm

Choose your room

$5,100 per person – ground floor single room, single bed, shared bathrooms and showers, Sky TV

$5,300 per person – ground floor Bayview room with ensuite, king or two single beds, Sky TV and tea making facility, door opening out to deck.

$5,500 per person – first floor Seaview Executive Suite, super king or two king single beds, ensuite with shower, lounge area, Sky TV, mini bar and tea making facility

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