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 and 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.

Waitangi Wharf Coastal Process Monitoring Report Tonkin + Taylor December 2020 [PDF, 16 MB]

The Council also has wharves at Owenga, Kaingaroa, Port Hutt and Flower Pot on Pitt Island.

Port charges

Port charges are payable to the Chatham Islands Council - via online banking, telephone banking, post, or in person. Please refer to the Your Rates page for more information on these payment options.

 Fee Type  Description  2021/22 Fee GST Inclusive
 Waitangi  Per year  $3,336
 Owenga  Per year  $2,779
 Kaingaroa  Per year  $2,222
 Port Hutt  Per year  $2,222
 Flower Pot  Per year  $557
 Permission of Harbourmaster – Oil Tanker    $112
 Application for Exemption    $67
 Application for Suspension    $278
 Application for Reservation    $278

Cruise ship charges

Cruise ships are charged $41 per passenger, per visit.

Cruise ship charges are payable to the Chatham Islands Council - via online banking, telephone banking, post, or in person. Please refer to the Your Rates page for more information on these payment options.