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God must have made the Chathams last. He had a wheelbarrow full of everything left over, and used them up here.

quote from an Island farmer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Volcanic cones dominate the landscape

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kaiangaroa Harbour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Point Munning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Point Munning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Giant Petrel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ocean Mail Beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waitangi, the main harbour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chatham Island Oystercatchers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wharekauri, Fishers and Farmers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pastures and Volcanic Cones

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walking down to breakfast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waitangi Wharf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Owenga Boats

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flower Pot Bay, Pitt Island

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Lady of the Antipodes Church

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pitt Island Sheep

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pitt Island Sheep

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

South East Island

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hakepa, Walk ‘Em Up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hakepa, Summit Sculptures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hakepa, Summit Looking North

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waihere Bay, 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Big and Little Mangere Islands 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Big and Little Mangere Islands 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eroded Rock Formations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Farmlands

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Returning Fishing Boats, Flower Pot Bay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Big Mangere and part of Waihere Bay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Waihere Bay, with Hakepa on the far right

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Little and Big Mangere

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feral Pitt Island Sheep

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feral Pitt Island Sheep

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outlook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Windswept remnant forest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pitt Island landscape

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waipaua Reserve

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Negotiating a Bog

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nikau Palms

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nikau Palms, and volcanic cones

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chatham Island Shag

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chatham Island Shag

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abandoned Surf Boat, used for landing cargo at Glory Bay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

South East Island

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Pyramid

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hakepa from above Glory Cove

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

West, toward Cannister Cove

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paua Hunters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chatham Island Oyster Catcher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

South East Island, The Pyramid and Waipaua Bay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waipaua Stream

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flower Pot Bay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finished for the day, bring the boat out of the water

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Farmland, Waitangi Tuku Road

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Port Hutt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peat Lands

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waitangi West

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waitangi West Beach, North Coast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maunganui

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maunganui

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stone Cottage

Chathams Holiday

The Chatham Islands had been on our bucket list for several years. We’d planned on going a couple of years ago, but life got in the way. So this year we finally made it.

It was all a bit frenetic, as we had builders turn up to reclad and double glaze Kowhai Lane Lodge, and we were worried that they might still be here when we were booked to go. But they flew through the work, and finished a week before the “OFF”. And as a bonus I had completed all of the new painting… had you asked me 6 months ago whether I would ever consider painting a 5 bedroom two story house I would have fallen about laughing.

But the down side was we were so busy that doing some background reading just fell by the wayside. And we both recommend that anyone planning a holiday there (or anywhere ???) do at least a little background research.

We both absolutely loved our time there. The scenery was spectacularly different, our accommodation faultless, and everyone we met  could not have been more helpful and welcoming. 

As flights from Christchurch are on a Tuesday. The plan was to have a week away, The first 3 nights on Pitt Island, and the last 4 on Chatham Island. The weather decided otherwise, so we had 3 days on Chatham, followed by 2 on Pitt and a final 2 nights on Chatham. 

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Iris & I loved the Chathams. We will be going back.

Things to note !! :-

  • There is NO cell phone coverage on the Chathams… Hotel Chathams and Flower Pot Bay Lodge have excellent telephone & internet to the mainland. Although I once had a call delayed due to overloading
  • The climate can be boisterous. layers and waterproof outer layers are a must. Also a hat and gloves
  • Good hiking boots are a must. There are lots of bogs, and they will give you wet feet
  • Make sure you have GOOD travel insurance. We insured with 1Cover Ltd, and in the fine print I missed that they did NOT cover us if travel was disrupted due to flight postponement. Strange, as we thought that would be a given, that insurance would cover flight disruption. As it happened our return flights were disrupted, and re booking cost us over $1000, although we hope that our AirNZ insurance will cover this. So we would NOT in any way recommend 1Cover.
  • We found the Islands very affordable, considering their remote location.
  • Pitt Island is a must, even a day trip, but longer will be much better

Bibliography

Discover and Explore the Chatham Island …. Lawrie & Powell …. ISBN 978-0-9871742-4-6
Chatham Islands A Pictorial Journey …. Powell, Underwood & Jacobson …. ISBN 978-0-987142-3-9
True Tails of the Chatham Islands …. Chatham Islands Heritage & Restoration Trust …. ISBN 978-0-473-33425-3

Links……. Pitt Island

Travel and Accommodation Links

We flew from Christchurch with Air Chathams 
We had initially planned to go directly to Pitt Island as soon as we landed, the weather decided otherwise. But we found that our Pitt Island Hosts had re-jigged our bookings with the Hotel Chatham, who met us when we landed and had us booked into their Travellers Rest”


Hotel Chatham

Sails Ashore Chathams Holiday
Travellers Rest
The Travellers Rest was delightful. Our room looked out over the Harbour, and was maybe 2 minutes stroll down to the main Hotel for meals. Which were excellent. We hired a vehicle from the hotel when we needed one, which was virtually anytime we left the immediate village. The Chathams are almost half the land area of Stewart Island, and most destinations are way beyond any day walk. We hired a guide from the Hotel one day, and Paige was perfect. She has a great combination of knowledge of history, the environment, local “colour” and a great sense of humour. Some destinations are with a guide only !! Lunch was provided. When we handed our vehicle back they asked us where we had been, and a small charge was added. This went to the property concerned… a great idea.

Pitt Island


Flower Pot Bay Lodge

We were initially to fly to Pitt Island for 3 nights, but weather decided otherwise. We were delayed a couple of days, and actually went down by Fishing Boat from Owenga. Pitt Island Lodge was fabulous, and Bernie and Brent everything hosts should be. Our room overlooked Flower Pot Bay. The meals were fabulous, blue cod the first night, Pitt island mutton the second. Pitt Island mutton is to die for, and if we had a couple of acres on Stewart Island I would be importing a small flock. Brent was our guide while there, which was all part if the package … transport to and from the Chatham Island, Dinner Bed & Breakfast, and two days of tours. On Pitt you really have to have a guide. Even on a day trip, whether  arriving by plane or boat you just would not see anything. And Brent has access to what seems like everywhere .. most of the Island is private farmland. His knowledge is overwhelming, Bernie’s family were the first Europeans to settle Pitt, and her stories were fascinating, and Brent expands on this with the history, management and natural history stories that made Pitt Island come alive for us.