3. HOME OF THE MORIORI
The Chatham Islands were first inhabited by the Moriori people. European sealers and whalers were the next to arrive, followed by Maori from the New Zealand mainland. Descendants of Moriori still live in the Chatham Islands; Kopinga Marae is testimony to a resurgence of their culture.
2. ENJOY THE OUTDOORS
You’ll find outdoor activities aplenty here. Relax on deserted beaches, hike through wild landscapes and discover genuinely unique plant and bird life. Take a fishing charter, wander along the lagoon shores and you’ll likely find ancient fossils. Take a boat or plane journey to neighboring Pitt Island and you are visiting the first inhabited place on the planet to see the sun rise.
1. OLD FASHIONED HOSPITALITY
Chatham Islanders are relaxed and friendly. From backpackers to self-catering, there are a number of accommodation options.