Situated 700km to the south – east of mainland New Zealand, these islands have long been ignored and seldom visited by birders and travellers. In our short time here we will search the mainland for several rare and highly sought-after species such as: Chatham Albatross, Chatham (Island) Shag, Pitt (Island) Shag, Chatham Oystercatcher, Chatham (Island) Pigeon, Red-crowned Parakeet, Chatham (Island) Gerygone, and the Chatham sub-species of Tui and New Zealand (Australasian) Pipit. Excitement comes in a pelagic trip into the Pacific Ocean to the rugged Pyramid Island, where we will marvel at the only breeding colony in the world of Chatham Albatross. While enjoying spectacular flight views of this gem and nesting activity, we will scan the surrounding ocean for many other species of petrel, shearwater, and albatross that feed in the area. If we are very lucky, we may see the rare Chatham Petrel or even the mythical Magenta Petrel, (or Taiko as it is known locally) observed by only a handful of birders. We will also have the opportunity to moor alongside South East Island to look for the highly endangered Shore (Plover) Dotterel feeding on the wave-platforms and Chatham (Island) Parakeet and Tomtit foraging in the stunted trees. Our visit to these islands will give us opportunities to see some of the rarest birds in the world, to go where few birders have been and an insight into the daily life on these rugged Islands.
Chatham, Royal, Wandering, Buller’s, Salvin’s, Grey-headed, Campbell and Black-browed Albatross, Chatham, Magenta, Westland and Grey Petrel, Broad-billed and Fairy Prions, Chatham (Island) and Pitt (Island) Shag, Grey-backed Storm(-) Petrel, Chatham Oystercatcher, Weka, Shore (Plover) Dotterel, Chatham and Red-crowned(-fronted) Parakeets, Chatham (Island) Pigeon, New Zealand (Australasian) Pipit and Chatham (Island) Gerygone.
Coastal bush, farmland, shoreline and sea-pelagic.
Temperate climate, cool in mornings and evenings, wind and rain possible. Day temperatures 15-24 degrees celcius.
Traditional farming, fishing, walking and hiking.