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Going Off the Beaten Path in the Chatham Islands

By Kyle, USA, February 2013

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Although New Zealand is a definite hotspot on the global backpacker and adventure travel circuit, few travelers ever venture off the beaten path by making a side trip to the Chatham Islands. A group of blustery and low-lying islets nearly 500 miles off the coast of Christchurch, the Chatham Islands retain a history and culture unique to modern day New Zealand.

Of the 11 islands comprising the Chathams only two are inhabited: Chatham and Pitt. Together the two form a population that numbers just over 600, the residents being either of native Moriori, Maori, or foreign European heritage. Though the Chatham Islands are technically a part of New Zealand’s sovereign territory the residents speak their own language—Moriori—and are descended from a Polynesian people once thought to have been separate from New Zealand’s Maori.

Editor’s Note: This recommendation was taken from our Christchurch and South Island Things to Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in Christchurch.

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