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.

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  2020/21 Fee GST Inclusive
 Waitangi  Per year  $3,318
 Owenga  Per year  $2,764
 Kaingaroa  Per year  $2,210
 Port Hutt  Per year  $2,210
 Flower Pot  Per year  $554
 Permission of Harbourmaster – Oil Tanker    $111
 Application for Exemption    $66
 Application for Suspension    $277
 Application for Reservation    $277

Cruise ship charges

Cruise ships are charged $40 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.