Chatham Islands Museum

Operating hours: Open Monday - Friday 8.30am - 4.30pm. Closed weekends and public holidays.
Admission fee: Donation for the advancement of Chatham Islands Museum is greatly appreciated.
Type: Museum

Chatham Islands Firsts:

• The Chatham Islands are the only area of New Zealand to ever suffer foreign naval bombardment
• The Chatham Islands was the ‘Potato Capital of the South Pacific’ during whaling days
• 244 American whale ships called at the Chatham Islands between 1835 and 1888
• Several Chatham Islanders were taken prisoner by the Germans during WWII when the freighter, Holmwood, was torpedoed and sunk
• The Chatham Islands are the only part of New Zealand to lose a member of the community to a tsunami
• Chatham Island Jockey Club is the second earliest registered racing club in New Zealand (after Auckland)
• The Chatham Islands was the first area of New Zealand to have a telephone exchange
• The Chatham Islands have one of only two prehistoric shark burial grounds in the world at Te Whanga Lagoon (the other being in South America)


Contact details

03 305 0033 ext. 3

Physical address
9 Tuku Road
Chatham Islands
Postal address
PO Box 40
Chatham Islands