Local Sightseeing around Kaingaroa
Please be aware that a number of the actvities and sights are located on private property so prior permission for access must be obtained, and an entry fee may apply. Further details regarding this information can be found in the accommodation premises. As your hosts, we are happy to request permission on your behalf if you prefer.
J.M. Barker (Hapupu) National Historic Reserve -
The Chatham Islands have some beautiful bush walks, including one of only two national historic reserves in New Zealand which is only 6km or a 15 minute drive from Chatham Hideaway. Here protected Moriori rakau momori (tree carvings or dendroglyphs) can be seen on trunks throughout the forest of kopi (karaka) trees.
Point Munning Seal Colony -
Take the opportunity to view a large colony of New Zealand fur seals close up. Seal oil and skins were a valuable trade commodity during the first half of the 1800's - this was the earliest commercial "fishery" at the Chatham Islands. Seals were hunted almost to extinction until a it was banned in 1894. You can park your vehicle a short walk from the colony. Please be aware of the signs asking visitors to take care when approaching the seals.
Sunderland Flying Boat Restoration Project -
Orignally a Royal NZ Airforce aircraft, in 1959 on a mercy flight to the Chatham Islands, the Sunderland struck submerged rocks in Te Whanga Lagoon and sank in shallow water. It was deemed unrecoverable and sold to local farmers who built sheds and vehicles using parts from the savalged vessel. The current farm owners, the Muirson family, recently began restoration of the Sunderland in a purpose-built shed, where visitors can see how it is progressing. You can also see one of the Sunderland's propellers outside the post office in Waitangi.