June 9, 2025 12:00 pm - June 17, 2025 11:00 am

Join Our Annual Chatham Island Seafood Extravaganza!

Monday, June 9th – Tuesday, June 17th

Experience eight unforgettable nights savoring the seafood delights of the ruggedly beautiful Chatham Islands. Best of all, there’s ***NO SOLO TRAVELLER SUPPLEMENT*** no additional cost for solo travellers who prefer a room on their own!

**Your Hosts:** Lesley & Rob Whyte

Immerse yourself in the raw, untouched beauty of the Chatham Islands. The vibrant green landscapes are unlike anything you’ll see on mainland New Zealand, and the rich history of the area will leave you inspired. It’s no wonder we return year after year.

During the Seafood Extravaganza, you’ll indulge in sumptuous seafood meals daily, often enjoying both lunch and dinner. Don’t miss out on this extraordinary culinary adventure!

Chatham Island Seafood Extravaganza Tour Details

Tour Inclusions:

  • **Flights:** Air Chatham flights departing from Auckland and returning to Wellington, valued at $1,300.
  • **Accommodation:** Eight nights at Hotel Chatham on the waterfront at Waitangi.
  • **Solo Travellers:** Enjoy your own room at no additional cost.
  • **All-Day Coffee Bar:** Enjoy Milo, coffee, and tea at the hotel.
  • **Meals:**
    – 7 cooked breakfasts and 1 continental breakfast.
    – 7 lunches and 8 dinners featuring Central Otago Maude wines and locally brewed Breezy Brewery beer.
    – A seafood welcome dinner, followed by various dishes such as crayfish, Chatham Island Blue Cod, Paua, Hapuka, sashimi, and possibly the chef’s signature Blue Cod curry or Blue Cod & chips.
  • **Seafood Degustation Lunch:** Prepared by a private chef, including a glass of bubbles, at Kopi Bush Retreat (subject to weather conditions). Hosts John & Bridget Preece will welcome you to their off-grid house featured on New Zealand’s Grand Design.
  • **Transfers:** Chatham Islands airport transfers.
  • **Chatham Island Book:** A comprehensive guide to the island’s history.
  • **Transportation:** Coach transport with a dedicated Chatham Island guide (Marcel requested). Explore the island’s wildlife, botany, geology, unique history, culture, and breathtaking scenery while meeting locals.
  • **Fees:** Department of Conservation and landowner concession fees included ($300 per person).
  • **Visitor Levy:** Voluntary Chatham Islands visitor levy included ($25 per person).
  • **Entertainment:** Quiz nights with prizes.

Tour Highlights:

While on the Chatham Islands, weather and lambing season permitting, we will visit:

  • **Basalt Columns:** Watch giant kelp sway and waves crash over the columns.
  • **Tommy Solomon Statue:** Guided by his grandson Maui Solomon, learn about the restorative tree planting.
  • **Moriori Marae:** Learn about the history of the Chatham Island Moriori.
  • **Hapupu Tree Carvings:** View and understand the significance of these carvings.
  • **Port Hutt:** View shipwrecks, understand their history, and explore rock pools for paua.
  • **Waitangi West:** Walk the sandy beach looking for pink paua shells.
  • **Admiral Gardens:** Enjoy a garden tour and seafood entree (main & desert back at the hotel). The gift shop offers amazing Chatham Island gifts – bring your credit card or cash.
  • **Blind Jim’s:** Wade shallow waters looking for fossilized shark teeth and sea urchin spines (gum boots required).
  • **South Coast:** Spot the Chatham Island Kereru and gaze towards Antarctica.
  • **Kaingaroa:** Watch fishermen at work.
  • **Sunderland Museum:** View the restoration progress of the plane that crashed in 1959.
  • **Chatham Island Museum:** Immerse yourself in the island’s history.
  • **Additional Activities:** More sites to explore and a couple of quiz nights with prizes.

Important Information:

**No Hidden Costs:** From your Air Chatham flight departure in Auckland until your return in Wellington, there are no additional costs unless you purchase barista coffee or items from local gift and specialty shops. An ATM is available at the hotel and general store.

 Exclusions:

– Personal purchases.
– Alcohol beyond what is provided with dinner and spirits.
– Barista or specialty coffee.

 Booking Information:

– A NZ$750 per person deposit secures your place.
– Balance is due 6 weeks prior, payable on invoice by credit card.

Fun Facts:

  • **A Journey Back in Time:** The Chatham Islands have no supermarkets, retail stores, skyscrapers, traffic jams, or McDonald’s, offering a unique fishing and farming island community experience.
  • **Local Culture:**
    – Chatham Islanders may refer to you as a New Zealander.
    – They consider New Zealand as a different country.
    – They call themselves Wekas, not Kiwis.
    – It’s polite to wave back to locals when passing on the road.

Cancellation Policy:

**Refunds:** If you cancel, refunds are only available if your seat can be sold.
**Tour Cancellation:** Full refund if the tour is canceled by us.

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 9th June  – outbound flight departs Auckland at 2.00pm – group check in approx mid-day
  • Tuesday 17th June – 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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