July 1, 2024 10:00 am - July 9, 2024 12:00 pm

SOLD OUT – WAITLIST ONLY

*** NO SOLO TRAVELLER SUPPLEMENT *** In conjunction with Air Chathams and Hotel Chathams, we’re inviting you to join us in the Chatham Islands for our amazing annual Mid Winter Christmas, flying to Chatham Island on 1st July 2024 and returning to Wellington 9th July 2024.

Over eight nights and days, you will be exploring the main island, enjoying the most spectacular scenery, learn about Chatham Island history, meet the locals and hear about the island’s wildlife and flora.  Not to mention the amazing food you’ll enjoy.

But of course, you’ll enjoy a stunning Christmas dinner at Hotel Chatham’s restaurant which will be laid out – from Christmas tree, table settings, chair covers and wall decorations in a Christmas theme and of course Santa PLUS:

  • Enjoy a welcoming cocktail and canapés while you mingle with other guests
  • Three course Christmas feast
  • Quality Central Otago Maude Wines & locally brewed Breezy Brewery beer served throughout
  • Christmas gift to the value of $50
  • Prizes for best “Christmas” themed dressed gal and guy
  • Santa’s Grotto and photo booth
  • Santa joins us before dinner
  • Photo session with Santa with digital images for you to share with family & friends to show them how much fun you’re having
  • Jackie Clarke, entertainer and singer who will top off an amazing evening and having you up dancing the night away.

The treats on over these eight nights doesn’t stop there, you’ll also enjoy:

  • Lunch, glass of bubbles and house tour (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
  • Three course seafood dinner, served at Hotel Chatham’s on your first night at Chatham Islands
  • Garden tour and two course dinner at Admiral Gardens – home of Val & Lois Croon.  Here it is an opportunity to buy some beautiful locally made Chatham Island gifts – you’ll love the gorgeous jewellery
  • Fish & chips – locally caught Blue Cod
  • Exploring the rock pools at Port Hutt looking for Paua push totally unique freshly gathered paua tasting experience.

While you’re at Chatham Islands, there are lots of places we take you, although wet weather and lambing may close some attractions:

  • Basalt Columns
  • Tommy Solomon’s statue and enjoy a guided tour around the Moriori land learning about the tree planting regeneration programme being undertaken plus looking for the nesting Chatham Island Shag
  • Wade the shallow waters at Blind Jim’s looking for fossilised sharks teeth and sea urchin spines (gum boots a must here)
  • Visit the Moriori Marae, learning about the history of Moriori
  • View Moriori tree carvings where you’ll learn about the significance of why these were carved
  • Port Hutt – view the two of the seven visable ship wrecks and learn their history
  • Port Hutt – enjoy the 3-hour coastal walk & paua experience
  • Visit Waitangi West where you can walk the sandy beach looking for pink paua shells
  • South Coast – looking for the Chatham Island’s Kereru and look out to the South where the closest land is Antarctica
  • Kaingaroa – depending on the time of the day, watch the fishing boats loading and unloading
  • The newly opened Chatham Island Museum
  • Tour of Waitangi
  • Visit Cottage Crafts where you can purchase Chatham Island hand made crafts.

Includes

  • Air Chatham flights departing Auckland & returning to Wellington, value $1,300
  • Eight nights accommodation – your choose from a selection of room types
  • Own room if you’re travelling by yourself
  • Coach transport and guides to all the activities
  • 7 cooked breakfasts, 1 continental, 6 lunches and 8 dinners
  • Dinners with wines & beer
  • Chatham Islands airport transfers
  • Chatham Island book which explains the history of the island
  • All items as outlined for Christmas dinner
  • Quiz & games nights with prizes
  • Coach transport with a dedicated Chatham Island guide. 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 – $350 per person
  • Voluntary Chatham Islands visitor levy which goes towards the island’s infrastructure maintenance is included – $25 per person.

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 to buy something from one of the island’s local shops – simply pack your bag (including gum boots) and bring your credit card and some cash. An ATM at the local store allows you to take cash out during their opening hours.

Excludes

  • Purchases of a personal nature
  • Alcohol before & after dinners
  • Wines, prosecco, beers or spirits over what is served with meal
  • Coffee other than that available from the coffee station.

Information

If you are flying to Auckland to board the Air Chatham flights, please ensure you book flexible airfares as adverse weather conditions can alter Air Chatham’s flight departure times out of both Auckland and Chatham Island.

  • Auckland/Chatham Island – flight departs 1.30pm, arrives 5.00pm.  You’ll meet Lesley at the check-in counter to receive your baggage identification label – we need to have checked in prior to 12.00noon.  Flight time 2 hours 15 min. Plan to depart from your home location early enough to take into account weather related hold-ups
  • Chatham Island/Wellington – flight departs 8.30am, landing Wellington at 9.45am. Flight time 2 hours. Plan for homebound flight after mid-day

Booking, cancellation & refunds

  • A $500 deposit secures your place – once we receive your deposit we allocate your room
  • If you choose to cancel your booking, your deposit is non-refundable unless we fill your place
  • If we have to cancel we will give you a full refund or you can have your deposit transferred to any of our other events
  • Full payment is due 6 weeks prior to the commencement date and is thereafter non-refundable in the event of your choosing to cancel, unless we are able to re-fill your place
  • We strongly recommend travel insurance be taken out as soon as you have paid your deposit to cover you should you, due to illness, be unable to travel.

Want to know more, you can call Lesley on 027 4747 347 or email lesley@hotelchathamstours.co.nz

Per Person Cost

A maximum of 22 passengers, we have a variety of room types available at two of Hotel Chatham’s properties:

$5,500 per person – Forget Me Not Executive Suites, king or two single beds, ensuite with shower, lounge area, fully equipped kitchen, veranda with sea views, Sky TV. One minute’s walk to hotel (if it’s raining we provide a shuttle service)

$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

Ticket Type Price Cart
2024 Mid Winter Christmas - ground floor Bayview room. $500 deposit per person $500 Tickets are sold out.
2024 Mid Winter Christmas - ground floor single room (no ensuite). $500 deposit per person $500 Tickets are sold out.
2024 Mid Winter Christmas - first floor Seaview Executive Suite. $500 deposit per person $500 Tickets are sold out.
2024 Mid Winter Christmas - Forget Me Not Executive Suites. $500 deposit per person $500 Tickets are sold out.