18 Feb

1.     Hotel Chatham

Hotel Chatham offers a choice of accommodation which means there’s something for every budget. From hotel, motel, B&B and Homestay, to properties that would suit backpacker or groups. Whatever your requirements are there should be something for you here. Options are also available both for long and short term stays so if you fancy sticking around and can’t pull yourself away, no problem! The friendly local staff offer a good old fashioned warm welcome and their hospitality truly knows no bounds. They are also a window into the rich cultural history of the island and are more than happy to chat with you about their life on the island, their families and their experiences.

2.     Ultimate Hideaway

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Situated in a small, picturesque fishing village called Kaingaroa, this is far away from anywhere, the perfect escape. You can make your stay in this spacious self-catered accommodation as active or relaxed as you choose, dial it up or dial it down in style! Totally unique. Whatever you choose to do in this retreat away from the rest of the world, the Ultimate Hideaway could just be the place for you.

3.     Black Robin Homestays

Booking is essential due to the popularity of this place, and not just from word of mouth but from their continually returning clientele. Situated in the heart of Waitangi Township. All rooms are large and ensuite so there is no chance of disappointment and there are some simply picturesque harbour views. If food is your thing then you won’t even have to look for a great restaurant as Eddie and Lynn prepare delicious home cooked meals every evening. They are also happy to arrange rental cars, transfers and tours so less stress for you!

4.     Flowerpot Bay Lodge

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Owned by Bernadette and Brent Mallinson and located just 75 metres from the beach the views are breath-taking. Not to mention the fact that Pitt Island is in fact the first place in the world to see the sun rise each morning. The lodge is finished with a Colonial style feel, giving it a home-from-home feel with a country retreat edge. There is a friendly atmosphere and something for everyone, the owners are more than happy to personalise and arrange a variety of different tours, leaving you to relax and enjoy it.

5.     Awarakau Lodge

With stunning sea views, luxurious accommodation and situated just metres from the shoreline, you couldn’t ask for much more. This lodge is tucked away, out of town on a working farm run by Greg Horler and his wife Rosemarie, a 6th generation Chatham Islander. These are two of the most wonderful hosts, they will go out of their way to entertain you and provide you with everything you could wish for. All meals, tours and rental vehicles can be arranged from the site andFV Bounty is an optional extra, available for fishing & scenic charters.

You know when you feel so passionate about something that you just can’t stop talking about it? You visit somewhere once and fall in love with it forever; I know countless people do it with New York or Paris… but what about somewhere a bit more off the beaten track?

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