The Chatham Islands relies on shipping for essential resources, like diesel for the electricity grid and fuel for air services.

The main port is at Waitangi, which recently received a $52 million upgrade, as well as wharfs at Owenga, Kaingaroa, Port Hutt and Flower Pot on Pitt Island. The upgraded wharf at Waitangi has made shipping more reliable and improved the health and safety of those that use the wharf.

It features:

  • a 163-metre breakwater made of 4000 interlocking concrete blocks, designed to protect the wharf from the impact of incoming waves
  • 10,700 square metres of port area
  • a 90-metre long cargo wharf
  • a 35 metre fishermen’s wharf
  • water tanks for 100 cattle.

Port charges

Port charges are payable to the Chatham Islands Council, refer to our payment instructions on the Your Rates page.

 Fee Type  Description  2018/19 Fee GST Inclusive
 Waitangi  Per year  $3,141
 Owenga  Per year  $2,617
 Kaingaroa  Per year  $2,093
 Port Hutt  Per year  $2,093
 Flower Pot  Per year  $524
 Permission of Harbourmaster – Oil Tanker    $105
 Application for Exemption    $63
 Application for Suspension    $262
 Application for Reservation    $262

Cruise ship charges

Please note prices are per visit.

  • Arrival fee: $1/GT (Gross Tonnage)
  • Departure fee: $1/GT
  • Anchoring/sheltering fee: $0.20/ GT per day or part thereof

Port charges are payable to the Chatham Islands Council, refer to our payment instructions on the Your Rates page.