|Popular in||June||High demand for flights, 0% potential price rise|
|Cheapest in||May||Best time to find cheap flights, 4% potential price drop|
|Average price||$890||Average for round-trip flights in January 2021|
Flights to the Chatham Islands from other areas of New Zealand range from about 2h-9h. If you’re flying in from Queenstown, you’ll likely be on the longer end of the spectrum, with a flight that lasts a few hours and with a stopover or two. Flight times to Chatham Island when departing from cities like Wellington and Christchurch tend to only be a couple of hours.
You can book direct flights to the Chatham Islands from Auckland, with a flight that will be just over three hours, from Christchurch, with a flight that will be about three hours, and from Wellington, with a flight time of about one and a half hours. These flights are weekly during the wintertime and more numerous during the summer months. Those departing from Queenstown will not have a direct flight and will likely have a stopover in Christchurch or Wellington en route to the islands.
Chatham Islands has one airport – Chatham Islands Airport, or Tuuta Airport (CHT), which is 20km northwest of the island’s main settlement Waitangi, where most visitors wish to alight. There is no taxi or public transportation servicing the airport, so your options may be a bit limited. Local businesses like Hotel Chathams and Chatham Automotive & Marine in Waitangi Wharf can provide car, van, and SUV rentals. Also, be sure to consult with the management at your accommodations before arriving as they likely have airport pickup services you can utilise for free or at a minimal cost.
The Chatham Islands consists of ten small islands and is New Zealand’s easternmost point, offering visitors an array of distinct Moriori cultural sites as well as thrilling outdoor activities to enjoy.
Stroll through Henga Scenic Reserve to experience lush greenery, dunes, beach, and ancient carved trees all in one unique place. Maunganui Stone Cottage was built in the late 19th century by German missionaries and today offers guided tours of the beautiful stone building and its gardens. At Basalt Columns, visitors can glimpse unique rock formations that jut out of the ocean in an unexpected and mesmerising fashion. And no trip is complete without spending time at Chatham Islands Museum, where its small size belies the enormous and well-rounded information guests will acquire perusing its exhibits and artefacts. If you’re interested in hiking, biking, and swimming, Chatham Islands offers many activities that are sure to speak to you.
New Zealanders do not need a passport or visa to visit the Chatham Islands as it is part of New Zealand. However, you will need a government-issued photo I.D., with a valid passport always being the safest bet when travelling by air.