Walking Tours

The Chatham Islands offers a wealth of opportunity to get back to nature with scenic walking tracks to suit all fitness levels. All walks are conducted with a tour guide with extensive knowledge on the local flora and fauna.

Times and distances of the walking tracks vary and the staff at Hotel Chatham are happy to assist you with bookings and information to ensure you find  the walking tour to suit you needs.

As walks are over private land walkers must go with a tour guide.

Wharekauri Walk

Offering spectacular coastal views of cliff tops created by ancient volcanic activity this is one of the harder walks on the islands but it is well-worth the effort. Walk past Splatter Rock and an Oyster Catcher reserve area on the beach at Mairangi. The Wharekauri walk is best suited to people with a good fitness level and some tramping experience. Starting on pasture land the walk soon climbs up to coastal cliffs so is classed as a moderate to hard walking track. Estimated walking time is approximately 6.5 hours.

Okawa Walk

The wind-swept north-eastern coast is a historically significant part of the Kaingaroa area. The one-way Okawa walk begins at Okawa Point, ending at Mission Bay. The Point Munning seal colony is located a further 2km from Mission Bay. The Okawa walk crosses pasture land, goes along the beach and takes in the rocky Okawa and Mission bays. Classed as an easy to moderate walking track it takes approximately 5 hours.

Ranga Ika Walk

Walkers will experience breath-taking views of the southern coastal cliffs, with dramatic rock faces plummeting 200 metres into the sea. From the cliff tops you’ll be able to look out across Pitt straight to Pitt Island and Pinnacle Island. Great views can also be seen north to Te Whanga Lagoon and the volcanic basalt cones. This walk is classified as easy to moderate walking on 4WD farm tracks. The eastwards walk along the cliff tops is undulating with a few boggy patches and from the reserve is mostly downhill. Walking time is approximately 3.5 hours.

Te Awapatiki (the pathway of the flounder)

Through this walk you will encounter areas of special significance to the Moriori, the original settlers on the Chatham Islands. This walk also provides an opportunity to take in the diverse indigenous plant life and an opportunity to see unique birdlife. Total walking time is approximately 5 hours, so a good level of fitness is required.