Chatham Islands

Rekohu – Chatham Islands – Wharekauri

750km to the east of New Zealand’s South Island lie the Chatham Islands, home to New Zealand’s most remote communities.  Around 600 people live on two of the 11 islands that make up ‘the Chathams’, with incomes largely reliant on farming, fishing, conservation and tourism. 

The Chatham Islands community is necessarily resilient and self reliant.  The purpose of this website is to support the community and to celebrate its successes in the conservation of the natural and cultural heritage of the islands.

For information on visiting the Chatham Islands, please visit

Visiting the Chatham Islands since 1996, Dave works for the Department of Conservation providing advice on the management of threatened species.