November 11, 2024 12:30 pm - November 15, 2024 10:30 am

Join Us for an Exclusive Culinary Adventure

We’re thrilled to offer you a fully escorted, unique opportunity to experience the enchanting Chatham Island. The highlight being an unforgettable Chef’s Table evening where Kārena and Kasey Bird, the talented wāhine Māori from Maketū, along with Christall Lowe award winning and best selling author of “Kai” join forces for a one-night-only feast for all senses at Kopi Bush Retreat.

Event Details

  • Dates: November 11th – 15th
  • Capacity: Limited to four guests – perfect for two couples or a group friends 
  • Cost: $5,500 per person

What’s Included:

  • Exclusive Chef’s Table Evening: Hosted by Kārena and Kasey Bird along with Christall Lowe at Kopi Bush Retreat.
  • Two Outdoor Evening Bush Bath Experiences: Each evening is designed for two guests, complete with a cheese platter and a bottle of Central Otago Maude Wine of your choice.
  • Return Airfares: From Auckland to Chatham Island.
  • Welcoming Seafood Platter
  • Accommodation: Private room if your a solo traveler.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided (alcohol not included).
  • Two days of Private Chatham Island touring
  • Airport Transfers: On Chatham Island.

This is an exclusive experience – don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, seize the chance to immerse yourself in the natural beauty and culinary delights of Chatham Island.


Forget Me Not Suites which is approximately 60 seconds walk from the hotel. Beautifully appointed, each has a private deck with side views over the bay. Solo travellers, there’s no extra for a room on your own.

  • Choice of king or two single bed configuration
  • Ensuite with shower – underfloor heated in cooler months
  • Lounge area
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Sky TV and WiFi
  • Access to the laundry room with washer, dryer and washing powder which is free to use.

Monday 11th November

Get ready for an adventure! Meet Lesley at Air Chatham’s counter at 12:30 pm at Auckland Domestic Airport for check-in. Our flight takes off at 2:00 PM, and we’ll land in the stunning Chatham Islands at 5:00 pm. Remember, the Chatham Islands are 45 minutes ahead of mainland New Zealand.

Upon arrival, Lesley will whisk you away to our cozy accommodation.

Tonight, prepare to indulge in a spectacular seafood dinner—a perfect, mouthwatering start to your unforgettable stay!

Tuesday 12th November

After breakfast, we’ll be heading away at 9.00am today as we start out first day of exploring the island – a picnic lunch is included.

  • Explore the beautiful Waitangi West Beach, known for its unique Queen (pink) Paua shells scattered along the shore.
  • Meet the farm manager and learn about the unique aspects of Chatham Island farming life on a visit to the Waitangi West farm.
  • Discover the historic stone cottage and the stunning Maunganui Bluffs, accessible by 4-wheel drive.
  • Visit Port Hutt to view two of the seven visible shipwrecks and learn their fascinating stories.
  • Port Hutt Headland Walk Enjoy a walk to the Port Hutt Headland. Depending on the
  • tide, you can walk on the rocks and observe the abundance of paua and kina in the rock pools. Note: 
  • Horrible Hill
  • Experience a thrilling 4-wheel drive up, as the locals call it, “Horrible Hill,” offering breathtaking 360-degree views of Port Hutt, Waitangi West, Mt Chudleigh, and the numerous extinct volcanoes that dot the landscape

Dinner tonight, as usual is at 6.00pm.

Wednesday 13th November

After breakfast, it’s a bit of a big day today – we’ll be starting out early. A picnic lunch is included.

  • At Wharekauri we visit Splatter Rock a fascinating volcanic lava pillow formation. This site is accessible via 4-wheel drive and involves traveling across private farmland and traversing multiple paddocks and gates.
  • Wildlife viewing – take the opportunity to spot the endangered Chatham Island Oyster Catchers and the endemic Chatham Island, Pipet.
  • Wade through ankle-deep water at Blind Jims to search for fossilised shark teeth and kina spines.
  • Ocean Mail Reserve
  • Explore the scenic Ocean Mail Reserve, including the Aster Walk and the Ocean Mail Wetlands Walk.
  • Visit Hapupu, the site of the Moriori dendroglyphs. Access is through private land, traversing farm tracks.
  • Stop by Kaingaroa, one of the island’s three fishing villages, where you may witness local fishermen unloading their catch.
  • Point Munning Seal Colony and Mission Station Ruins which are located on Muirson’s private sheep and beef farm. Access requires a 4-wheel drive through farmland and paddocks.
  • Walk through the Sunderland Museum to see the aircraft currently under restoration.

Dinner tonight, as usual is at 6.00pm.

Thursday 14th November

This morning you can sleep in a little if you like

  • Start your adventure at Contemplation Bay, offering stunning views back to Waitangi. After a short 4-wheel drive across farmland, enjoy a walk among ancient Ake Ake trees.
  • Explore Te Ana-a-Nunuku, also known as Nunuku’s Cave, where Moriori carved seals and seabirds into the rock as many as 400 years ago. This site, located on private land, is a hidden gem not listed as a heritage site.
  • Enjoy a guided walk around the gardens, which is home to the Chatham Island Admiral Butterfly.
  • Tonight enjoy an exclusive and unforgettable Chatham Island event – Chef’s Table.

Friday 15th November

Sorry, it’s an early start as our flight departs at 8.30am, but you’ll have time for a continental breakfast before we drive to the airport – our landing time back in Auckland is 10.30am.

Booking, cancellation & refunds

  • A $1,000 deposit per person secures your place – once we receive your deposit, we will 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.
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