Chatham Islands tours

Land-based, with pelagics

 

27 Feb – 3 Mar 2018 departure, email us for an itinerary

This itinerary aims to provide as complete an introduction to the Chatham Islands and its amazing birdlife as is possible in a short duration trip*. The Chatham Islands are known for their high degree of endemism, with eleven endemic bird species, and a host of endemic subspecies. In recent times the Chatham Islands have also become known as the breeding site for the rare and extremely elusive Chatham Island taiko and Chatham petrel, but luckily these are not the only much coveted seabird species to be found here, with Chatham albatross, Northern Royal albatross, and broad-billed and fulmar prion being other more likely species to be encountered, amongst others. The land birds are equally spectacular with Chatham oystercatcher, shore plover, Parea (Chatham Island pigeon), and Chatham Island gerygone (warbler) expected. In all we hope to see seven Chatham endemic species and ten endemic sub-species.

Chatham Island shag, Leucocarbo onslowi, one of the Chatham endemics we hope to see during a visit to the beautiful and isolated Chatham Islands.

Chatham Island shag, Leucocarbo onslowi, one of the Chatham endemics we hope to see during a visit to the beautiful and isolated Chatham Islands.

Description

These trips are generally run on an ad hoc basis, due to the isolated and expensive nature of these tours. The general plans is to spend 5-nights on the Main Island, with a full day pelagic by boat to visit ‘The Pyramid’ with its roughly 5,000 breeding pairs of Chatham albatross, and chumming for other seabirds. Generally during our pelagic we also try and visit South-East, and Mangere Island, but note that landing at any of these places is not allowed. During the trip we also visit Pitt Island by plane, as well as key birding sites on the Main Island.  It is a great place to visit, a really isolated and unique part of New Zealand.

Cost

Please email us for more information or to express an interest.