Hunting

Chatham Island is reknown for its trophy wild pigs, sheep and cattle which can be found in its natural envirnoment.

The rugged cliffs of Pitt Island are home to the legendary wild ram and you have the luxury of excursions with experienced guides which affords you access to some of the best locations on both islands.

Fishing

The Chatham Island crayfish is the best in the world - ask any New Zealander. The bounty of the marine wilderness is enough to excite any fisherman - Hapuka, Blue Cod and Paua. Try a fishing charter, shark cage diving, spear fishing, rock casting or simply take a scenic tour.

Experienced skippers and crew are available for charter.

There is a closed season for harvesting rock lobstor  - 01 March to 30 April (this is for commercial and recreational fishers)

Private Land Access and Signage

Many places of interest are located on, or accessed over, private land for which permission is required. On the Chatham Islands private land often extends from the roadside to the water’s edge. Most main visitor sites are signposted.

Landowners are generally accommodating if asked and your host can help you obtain access permission. A fee may be required so please enquire.

Always leave gates as you find them. It is important to respect private land, if in doubt please ask.

We ask that you help us preserve this valuable resource by taking only what you need for a meal or the local bag limit, whatever is less.

Enquire with your host regarding local limits, fish and game cleaning practices.

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