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March 6 @ 12:45 pm - March 13 @ 12:00 pm$5045 – $5545
6th – 13th March 2019
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Day 1. (Wed 6th) Home – Chatham Islands
If departing from Wanganui, you will meet at the Wanganui Racecourse at 12.45pm and be transferred to Wanganui airport to catch the 2pm flight to Chatham Island.
If departing from another location, you will be sent all your required information upon booking.
It is a 2-hour flight and we land at 4.30pm local time (please note Chatham Island is 45 minutes ahead of the rest of NZ).
Upon arrival we are greeted by the experienced Marcel Tuuta and Kerry Flemming from Chatham Island Tourism, Travel & Tours who will be our guides on the island. You will be presented with a welcome pack which Includes a welcome drink, local gift and memory tree to plant at M.E.G (Moriori Ethnobotanical Gardens) -This is unique experience only available guests that stay at our accommodation.
Your luggage will be collected and then we are transferred you to our outstanding accommodation at Henga Lodge.
The Lodge is situated on a 900-acre farm just 10 minutes from the main town Waitangi. It has stunning views over Lake Marakapia and Henga Scenic Reserve with walks through the forest and along the beach front.
We arrive at the lodge with time to un pack before meeting at the bar for our welcome drink and meal which will be a lovely Buffet dinner featuring some local dishes. After dinner you will be informed of what is happening on the following day.
Day 2. (Thur 7th) Island Exploring – North West
A relaxed start to the day with plenty of time to enjoy breakfast and the surroundings before meeting your guide Kerry for a fantastic day out exploring the North Western part of the island.
Today is full of highlights such as the Admiral Gardens, where you take a stroll around the beautiful gardens which has many endemic plants. At Ohira Bay view the Basalt Columns (similar to the Giants Gauseway in Ireland), these Hexagonal columns formed over 80 million years ago and is a great sight. Visit Port Hutt, a small fishing village which is known for the ship wrecks in the bay.
Picturesque Mount Maunganui is the back drop to the Stone Cottage, where Helen Bint will host you at the cottage where she is restoring the old German missionary station. We enjoy a lovely lunch while learning about the history of the oldest dwelling on the island.
We will also take a quick stroll along Waitangi West Beach where the Chatham Island Oyster Catcher can be spotted before returning to the lodge with time for some R & R before meeting for dinner.
Day 3. (Fri 8th) Day of leisure
Make you way to breakfast at your own leisure before you have the chance to partake in some outstanding optional activities which are at your own expense. Options today are as follows:
Pitt Island Day Trip
- Return flights with Air Chatham to Pitt Island, guided trip around Pitt Island and lunch at Flower Pot lodge. Cost approximately $400.00 per person.
- 2-3-hour fishing trip where you have the chance to catch Blue Cod and Grouper (Hapuka). Cost approximately $195.00 per person. Includes packed lunch.
Department of conservation walk (Nikau Bush)
- 1-hour loop walk.
Or you may simply just choose to Take it Easy for the day and relax at Henga Lodge, have a stroll through Henga Scenic Reserve and over to long beach. You will be supplied with a packed lunch with whatever you choose to do. We all meet back at the lodge for a Kiwi BBQ dinner Chatham’s styles!
This day is subject to change due to weather conditions. Pitt Island day trip and fishing charters are also subject to minimum and maximum numbers. Pitt Island also has a max number of 10 per day so if there are more wanting to do this then it will have to be arranged at some other point during the tour.
Day 4. (Sat 9th) Chatham Island Festival Day & Waitangi
After another enjoyable breakfast we are collected by our guide at 9.30am and we are in for a real treat today!
We head into Waitangi which is the main port and settlement on the Chatham Islands. We will take a stroll around the township then taken to the entrance of Waitangi beach (Petre Bay). You will be given some time here to take a stroll up the Beach or meet some locals by popping into Dough n Go (similar to a dairy), visit the local craft shop (Cottage Crafts) for gift shopping or head up to Waitangi General Store.
Around 11am you will be transferred to the Norman Kirk and the Den complex, situated on the side of the Chatham Island Race Track which is the second oldest race track in New Zealand. Here you get to experience firsthand the famous Chatham Island Festival.
Your entrance fee to the festival is included and the following is what you can enjoy:
- Opening performance by children from the 3 local primary schools
- Lunch stalls with various food options including local fare (at own expense)
- Many stalls where you have access to local arts and crafts as well as numerous other stalls
- Local performances throughout the day
- Local fundraising auction
After experiencing the best of the festival, we all meet our guide again at 3:30pm and head out for a sight-seeing drive out to the fishing village of Owenga. We drive up to Rangaika Cliffs before a must do photo opportunity with the Tommy Solomon Memorial Statue (Last full blooded Moriori). We then visit Kopinga Marae which was built to re-establish a central base on Rekohu (Chatham Islands) in which Moriori could meet, celebrate, debate and just be together.
We then head back to the lodge for another scrumptious dinner then you are given the opportunity to return to night festivities at Chatham Island Festival where a band will be performing.
Day 5. (Sun 10th) Island Exploring – North
Another relaxed start to the day before we are collected by the guide. Today we are heading to the northern part of the island where you will experience some real gems!
We visit Blind Jims where you can go Fossicking for Fossilized shark’s teeth before calling into Wharekauri Farm. Here we experience a true Chatham’s working Sheep Farm and visit Te Kooti’s Hut. A walk around Jill’s Garden is a must and then we go to see Splatter Rock a true Geological Gem. We then head out to see the Blow Holes at Mairangi before returning to Henga Lodge around 3pm.
At 3:30pm you have the chance to join the guide on an optional excursion to Petroglyphs. Enjoy a 25 min walk to Te Whanga Lagoon to visit Nunuku’s Cave (a Moriori Chief), where the best Rock Carvings can be viewed
It is then back to the lodge for few hours R & R before meeting again for dinner and the restaurant.
Day 6. (Mon 11th) Island Exploring – North East
Feeling refreshed after a lovely night’s sleep and another delicious breakfast we are collected by our guide and head out to discover the highlights the North East.
First up today we head to the large isolated beach of Ocean Mail and hear some of the dramatic stories of ship wrecks while taking some great pictures.
We then head to Muirsons (Kaiwhata Farm) and view the fantastic Sunderland aircraft Museum. Before leaving you have the chance to get up close with some of the local seals.
Today we are hosted for lunch by the Kaingaroa Club with spectacular views over the bay. There is also a bar where you can purchase a drink if you wish to.
From here we head to Hapupu and Rotorua and visit the magnificent Dendroglyphs (Moriori Tree Carvings). This is also an exclusive attraction through our accommodation and our guide will inform us of the history behind them all before returning to the lodge for some free time before dinner.
Day 7. (Tues 12th) Island Exploring – South West
A bit of an earlier start today as our guide collects the group at 8.45am and we head to the South West region of the island. We hit the South Coast and travel through Tuku and Taiko where you will be asked to keep your eyes pealed for Parea Pigeons.
A highlight today will be the Chatham Island Albatross relocation area. Our lunch spot to day is in Taiko where we will be joined by bird experts for a talk and have the chance to ask questions.
We then leave the coast and head into Waitangi where we visit the very informative museum where you have time to browse at your own pace.
It is then back to the lodge to get ready for our send – off dinner and Hat Night, where we ask you to wear a hat of some description that fits in with the theme of Chatham Islands.
Day 8. (Wed 13th) Chatham Islands – Home
After we enjoy our last breakfast together we are transport to the Inia William Tuuta Memorial Aerodrome in time to catch our 9.30am flight back home with an approximate arrival time of 11.30am.
Our coach will be waiting to transport us back to the racecourse where we bid farewell until next time.
Total cost per person:
- Two-person room no ensuite = $5,045 per person.
- Two-person room with ensuite = $5,295 per person.
- Single room with ensuite = $5,545 per person.
Deposit: – $1500 due before the 15th October
Final payment – due by before 28th January 2019
- Return flights from Wanganui (or other destinations)
- Fully guided day tours with local experienced guides
- Welcome pack
- Airport transfers
- Fabulous dinners every night
- Breakfast every morning
- Lunch on day every day except festival day
- Single or double/twin share accommodation
- Taiko Trust (Albatross rehabilitation and conservation camp)
- Basalt Columns
- Admiral Garden
- Stone Cottage
- Wharekauri including Te Kooti’s hut
- Splatter Rock and Oyster Catcher area
- Kaingaroa Muirsons farm
- Point Munning Seal Colony
- DOC walks
- Rangaika Cliffs
- Chatham Island Food Co
- Tommy Solomon Statue site
- Kopinga Marae and Rakau Momori Tree carvings at Rotorua
- & more attractions to be added!
- Experienced Tour Leader
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The Take It Easy Team
The Chatham Islands has very changeable weather, pack for all types of weather, it can be hot, cold, windy, rainy and sunny all in the same day.
Comfortable footwear is preference for day trips, suggest good sneakers or tramping boots or similar, though please note itinerary is reasonably relaxed as you get taken directly to most attractions.
Air Chatham’s allows 23kgs luggage allowance.
Where lunch is not mentioned in the Itinerary, lunch will be had on road at a convenient time.
Lunch on festival day is at your own expense, there are many stalls to pick from.
Suggest to carry cash on Festival day as many stalls will not have eftpos terminals, this also goes for cottage craft shop which is cash only sales charge back to your room is also available.
There is only one ATM machine on the Chatham Islands located at Hotel Chatham, though you don’t really require cash (outside of festival day), most days you will not be located near Waitangi so accessibility is limited.
Shops are not always open and not close to your accommodation, so suggest if you want snacks or your favourite can’t live without nibbles/lollies. Suggest to bring these in with you.
Note time change for Chatham Islands, forward your watches 45 mins ahead keep this in mind when communicating with mainland New Zealand, and departure times.
Itinerary is subject to change due to weather conditions, so some flexibility is required with Itinerary.
Pitt Island day trip maximum numbers are 2 flights of 5 people so suggest to book these as soon as possible to save your seat.
Any fish caught on fishing charters are filleted and packed for you, often the total allowable catch is caught well within the allocated 3 hours.
There will be opportunity to purchase blue cod, kina and other seafood a list will be at Henga lodge for you to pre order.
You will be able to charge fish orders, cottage craft gifts, and drinks from the bar to your room. Room incidentals to be paid prior to departure.
Locals wave to each other while passing on the road.
Take It Easy Tours cancellation policy
If after your booking has been confirmed and you wish to cancel, the following cancellation fees will apply:
- For cancellations up to 21 days prior to travel – loss of deposit.
- For cancellations 21 days – 48 hours prior to travel – 50% of total fare will apply.
- For cancellations within 48 hours prior to travel – 100% of total fare will apply.
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