The Original Pitt Island Day Tour

No1 Chatham Islands Attraction

The "Original" Pitt Island Day Tour has been operating for over 20 years with hundreds of happy customers. If you are on a tight schedule and cannot stay with us (we’re gutted) then our fully escorted 4x4 Day Tour of Pitt Island takes in some of the island's most scenic vantage points. Most day guests wish they were staying.

The full day tour includes scenic flights to and from Pitt Is, full Day Tour in our air conditioned Coach and lunch at Flowerpot Bay Lodge. On our Tour you will get a full appreciation of the Islands flora, fauna, history and island life. Our fully air-conditioned vehicles are warranted and registered for your safety and comfort. 

Day Tour Itinerary:

  • 9.00am First flight depart Chatham airport at 9.00am
  • 9.30am Arrive Pitt Island, meet your guide/host
  • 10.00am Drive to Glory Bay, explore Glory historic cottage and history
  • 10.30am Return to airstrip for second flight arrival, travel to Caravan Bush
  • 11.00 - 12.30 guided Caravan Bush walk with botany and bird life experience.
  • 12.45pm Flowerpot Bay Lodge, lunch and history presentation
  • 2.30pm. Explore Flowerpot Bay, jail, fishing and shipping area.
  • 3.00pm Waihere Bay, geology and photographic experience
  • 4.00pm. Airstrip for first departure, scenic flight back to Chatham.
  • 4.10pm. Glory Bay for second group
  • 5.10pm. Second departure, scenic flight back to Chatham


The RRP is $475 per person, minimum of 8 persons required. Price may vary depending on where you book.

The price of the Cessna flight is included in the Tour.

The "Original Pitt Island Day Tour" can be booked directly with Flowerpot Adventures, 03 3050212 or email [email protected]


What you need to know:

Lunch: A full lunch at Flowerpot Bay Lodge is included with the day tour. If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know when making the booking, not the night before please.

Weather conditions: Many of the scenic vantage points are only accessible off-road. In consideration of our access providers, we prefer not to drive across paddocks when very wet, plus it’s just too dangerous. For the majority of the summer there is no issue, but please understand if we need to call off a tour because of wet weather, we do this as a very last resort.

More on weather: Remember that it is the pilots ultimate call if the weather looks dicey, they need to have clear conditions at both ends. Often it can be clear here at Flowerpot and fogged in at Chatham or vice versa. We usually start liaising with the pilot at first light and attempt to make a call by 7.00am. We will always confirm on the morning by phone either way.

Weather delays: When a tour is delayed, for whatever reason, that tour will take precedence over other bookings. This means a delayed tour will stay on top of the queue for the next suitable day. Other bookings will then be pushed back to accommodate. Again, it is important to make your booking early during your stay.?

Flight times: The first plane is scheduled to depart at 9.00am, so guests should be at the airport no later than 8.45am. Guests should wait at the terminal, the pilot will meet you and escort to the plane. When more than five on the tour, the second plane is 1 hour later, take off at 10.00am. The flight time is 25 minutes. Arrival back at Chatham is 4.30pm and 5.30pm – all going well. ?

Numbers: Please note that there needs to be a minimum of eight (8) for the Tour to Operate, this will require two Cessna flights. We can accept a booking for less than 8, as often there are other passengers to make up numbers, or we will combine tours. We will do all the coordinating with pilot, plane and numbers to make your tour happen. Please inquire. 

Getting stuck: On the odd occasion, usually due to fog, we cannot get day visitors off the Island by plane. On these rare occasions, there are two alternatives, a 1-hr boat trip back to Owenga or stay the night and fly back to Chatham next morning (weather permitting). So that you know where you stand, we offer a special “Stuck Rate” on a share-twin basis at Flowerpot Bay Lodge. The price is $200 pp inclusive for dinner, bed and breakfast. This is a reduced rate and only available for stuck guests. Unless agreed by prior arrangement, you will need to pay this before departure from Pitt Island
Please note that there is always a very slight risk of getting stuck, it generally only happens once a year.

What to bring: Medications, please bring any important medication you might need just in case you get stuck, Camera, Solid footwear, preferably lightweight walking boots or shoes.

Walking: The Day Tour includes several short walks, one of up to 1 ¼ hours. Guests should be of adequate fitness to do these walks. If not, please let us know.

Booking: Bookings are first come, first served. You are welcome to provide us with advanced bookings for tour groups and numbers, this helps us plan our workload and around other guests. If you have booked in advance, please telephone us personally as soon as you arrive on th Chatham Islands to confirm.

Regardless of any advanced booking, please always call us as soon as you arrive on Chatham to confirm the booking. We will confirm availability, weather and best day to suit. 

Confirmation is always required the night before and to confirm final numbers. Final numbers will be charged for, we start preparing the lunch the night before and plane numbers are confirmed. This means other guests may miss out. Guests who cancel on the day will be charged.