Wellington 4/12/20 for 6 days or Christchurch 16/2/21 for 8 days
6 or 8 Day Tour hosted and designed by Rachel.
The Chatham Islands is New Zealand's last frontier. Located 800km east of New Zealand mainland, Chatham Islands is the first place in the world to see the sunrise each day. Enjoy this tour as we journey to the four corners of the Island and the special places in between.
Enjoy the history of Stone Cottage and Maunganui Bluff, where the German missionaries had significant input into the history and lifestyle of the Chathams. We journey to the safest fishing harbour with the most shipwrecks on the island, at Port Hutt. Continuing west over the farmland down to Ohira Bay we see where the massive olivine basalt columns lie, part of lava flows dated near 80 million years ago. These geological formations are a series of pentagonal shaped volcanic rock columns on the shoreline, and not found anywhere else on the island and only in two other places in the world (Giant’s Causeway in Northern Island & Scotland).
Enjoy the sites of Moriori Kopinga Marae, the Tommy Solomon Statue, the sheer drop cliffs at Rangaiki, Moriori Rock Carving and Blind Jim’s Creek (Fossilized Sharks Teeth). To find a tooth from a creature that was eating fish long before the first primate - let alone the first human - walked the earth is amazing.
Enjoy the tree carvings at J M Barker Reserve a unique archaeological site, as well as the old Mission and Whaling Station at Broughton landing where we view the remains of a wrecked RNZAF Short Sunderland and a newly arrived Fokker Friendship aircraft's which are in the process of preservation.