Located 860 kilometres to the east of the South Island, today Rēkohu signifies one of New Zealand's last beacons of secluded, raw and real culture intertwined with a deep history. A special place filled with a unique natural landscapes, birdlife and plants like no where else on earth. Famous for its endemic species and inimitable stunning coastlines, visitors will be taken by birdsong, flora, fauna and treasured cultural remnants which give a glimpse into island life.
The islands are rich with history and stories from the past. During your visit you will get the opportunity to meet some interesting locals, hear stories of days gone by and see what modern life on the island is like. Our team will help tailor your Chatham Island holiday to suit you. With so many activities and adventures on offer we recommend at least a week to ensure you cover most off your list.
Some experiences include:
o Visit to Kōpinga Marae for a cultural tour and history talk
o Explore the fascinating and diverse geology including a variety of different volcanic features. Peat lands, rolling hills and beautiful white sandy beaches
o Visit the Rakau Momori - unique Moriori living tree engravings at Hāpūpū and Petroglyphs at Nunuku's Cave (Moriori rock carvings)
o See rare and endangered bird life and the incredible work being done to save and increase populations
o Department of Conservation walks through spectacular Chatham Island native forest and wetland areas
o Fishing/Scenic boat charters
o Sea bird charters
o Horse Trekking
o Hunting wild sheep, pigs and cattle
o Pitt Island day tour
o Visit our local artisan studios and eateries
Please note some activities are subject to weather conditions and minimum numbers.
If you would prefer a day resting and relaxing at the lodge, there are still plenty of places to explore and enjoy on our doorstep. We have on own 9 hole 'Chathams style' golf course, and behind the lodge is Henga Scenic Reserve which offers a couple of walking options taking you through bush out to the magnificent views of Long Beach and its diverse sanddune eco-system. Along the way you will encounter birdlife, including the cheeky weka and many curious fantails. Our sheltered lawn area provides space for team building excerises, yoga sessions and some great spots to curl up with your favourite book and enjoy our calming views.
Henga Rentals have 5 & 7 seaters, 12 seater vans and 4WD utes available for hire starting at just $150 per day. Suitable for visitors and business trips.
One of our team members will meet and greet you at the airport when you arrive and take you back to Henga Lodge to collect your vehicle. We can give you advice on where to visit, best picnic spots, road conditions and also assist with access to sites on private property. We ask all visitors to be respectful and seek land owner’s permission before crossing onto private property.
We’ve teamed up with local guides to ensure you see the real Rēkohu during your stay. If it’s adventure you are after, Chatham Island Tours 18-seater 4WD vehicle will take you to locations on the Chathams that have been previously inaccessible.
While we encourage visitors to explore and enjoy the unique opportunities our place has to offer, we ask that all visitors are respectful while while they are with us. We offer assistance with gaining access to sights located on private land, and also cultural guidelines regarding marae visits and fishing regulations.