Go NZ: Chathams Islands tourism on the rise as Covid travel restrictions change Kiwis’ plans

Exploring the Chatham Islands means heading into the path of the Roaring Forties – the latitudes between 40 and 50 degrees south of the equator, known for their wild westerly winds.

A warm jacket and Swanndri is a must, as well as a keen sense of adventure, an acceptance of regular power cuts and a respect for history and indigenous Moriori culture.

The islands receive on average only 2000 visitors a year; about 95 per cent of them from mainland New Zealand. The maximum number of beds available for visitors is around 150.

But in the post-Covid travel landscape, the Chathams are in a unique position to capitalise on the situation and boost visitor numbers.

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