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Pitt Island is very rich in history and a visit there is often the highlight of visitors holiday to the Chatham Islands.Wharekauri meaning “ house of kauri” gets its name from a Moriori coastal village situated north of Rangitihi, where some Maori, living with the Moriori at the time, built a house from kauri timber salvaged from the beach.The Kaingaroa Social Club is renowned for its seafood feasts.
The Northwest coast is very remote and rocky, with strong tidal rips, making the coastline treacherous for the early sailing ships.
Pitt Island is named after William Pitt, the Earl of Chatham.
The Moriori name for Pitt Island is Rangiaotea and the Maori name is Rangiauria.
Visit heritage sitesand learn of our fascinating history shaped by years of isolation; Moriori, Maori, sealers, whalers, missionaries, farmers and settlers.
See for yourself the strange and beautiful Chatham Island plants.A combination of rocky coastline and sandy beaches, Port Hutt is well worth the visit.