A journey from past to present

with everything in between.

All about our tours

We conceived our tours with the thought of offering a full on experience of the island, we could see there was a a need to tell the whole story. 

The ‘Howe,’ what, when and where. 

Your hosts Peter & Janine Phillipps, 

Peter has written a book on the island’s history, a keen photographer and film maker. Janine can trace her origins through one hundred and seventy years to Nathan Chase Thompson who settled on the island in the 1850s. 

Learn all about the islander’s social history, early settlement, predators and pests, flora and fauna, ships, flying boats and the airstrip, island tales and even buried treasure!

Our tours cover not only the obvious natural aspects but also the many pages to the book that is Lord Howe Island. 

Learn About

How we create
electricity
Land ownership,
local politics & education
Local weather
readings
Endemic birds & plant species
Transport, shipping
& air supplies
What we do
with rubbish

Most importantly

the part we all play in preserving and protecting this special place we are fortunate to call home. 

The Surprise experience

you never expected

Every corner,

every question

Our tour Packages & Services

We pick you up and return you to your accommodation, or a beach for a swim, at a cafe, start of a hike, wherever you would like to be dropped. All tours are number dependant.

Complete Tour
NAture Walk 1
NAture Walk 2
NAture Walk 3
TAXI/Transport

All Corners of the island

Mountains, lagoon, reef & the open ocean

Solar Farm, Valley of the Shadows & Clear Place

Catalina
Crash Site

Taxi / Transport service

Flora, Fauna and History, life on the island from the past to the present. Great photo stops, also the less obvious, pests and predators, Island infrastructure and administration, air service and shipping, how schooling works, what we do with our waste?

We pick you up, tour involves a 1.4km level stroll to one of the island’s most spectacular locations where the mountains, the open sea and the southern most coral reef in the world meet. Bring your camera, a drink and suitable walking shoes.

We pick you up, an easy stroll in the shade starting at the new solar farm, through the Banyan forest to the Clear Place. Geology, bird and plant life and history. Bring your camera, a hat and a drink.

The how,when and why of the crash of Catalina A24-381. Private guided tour on the flying boat history with Peter Phillipps, includes a signed copy of Peter’s book. Involves a short walk, pick up and drop off from your accommodation.

Early dinner run, golf to starts of walks, a flat rate for up to 13 people from $40.00 per one way trip 8am to 6pm every day.

$80 Per Person
$60 Per Person
$60 Per Person
$250 up to 13 People
From $40 Per Trip

Our tour Packages & Services

We pick you up and return you to your accommodation, or a beach for a swim, at a cafe, start of a hike, wherever you would like to be dropped. All tours are number dependant.

< Swipe on the image below for more>

What Our Customers Say

  • star rating  Thanks Peter for a very informative All Corners of the Island Tour. Definitely well worth it for those interested in the logistics of how a small island operates. Astounded by... read more

    avatar thumb captainhansen
    January 30, 2023

    star rating  We booked on the Guided walk to Little Island including the Providence Petrels, what a fantastic tour it was the tour guide was very informative and knew what he was... read more

    avatar thumb Chris H
    January 21, 2023

    star rating  Peter Phillipps is a most knowledgeable person regarding all of Lord Howe Island. One came away feeling that one had covered all that there was to know.

    avatar thumb handr40
    November 29, 2022
  • star rating  Fantastic to do the All Corners of the Island tour on your first full day at the island. Gives background information about island life, waste management, power delivery and shows... read more

    avatar thumb Laurence O
    November 7, 2022

    star rating  It was hard to get in contact with them before we left - nobody appears to be responding to their email chasenthyme@gmail.com however you might be luckier trying peterphillips@bigpond.com. They... read more

    Dingo_dude
    October 9, 2022

    star rating  We thoroughly enjoyed our six days on Lord Howe Island but the tour with Peter on the Chase ‘n Thyme tour was my absolute favourite. I urged everyone at our... read more

    Judith B
    October 9, 2022
  • star rating  Peter is the best.
    We enjoyed a thoroughly interesting and thought provoking tour. Peter's knowledge having spent much of his life on the island is legendary. He is... read more

    instorev
    August 25, 2022

    star rating  A Must Do Tour - “Chase and Thyme” is a must do tour and book early to avoid missing out.
    A brilliant way to familiarise yourself with what Lord Howe has to offer.
    It was... read more

    AnaMandaraLuxury
    April 28, 2022

    star rating  “Chase and Thyme” is a must do tour and book early to avoid missing out.
    A brilliant way to familiarise yourself with what Lord Howe has to offer.
    It was... read more

    AnaMandaraLuxuryBnB
    April 28, 2022
  • star rating  This tour is a "must do" in the early days of your stay on Lord Howe Island . As a long time resident Peter is able to provide all kinds... read more

    masolomon1
    March 30, 2022

    star rating  Terrific tour with a very passionate local. Peter knows a great deal about all aspects of Lord Howe. We did it on Day 2 of our stay which added immensely... read more

    JagedXJ6
    March 12, 2022

    star rating  I really had my heart set on doing this tour, and had booked it quite far in advance, but for a moment it looked like it might not happen! I... read more

    Julesmcm
    February 20, 2022
  • star rating  Thank you Peter.
    I loved this and am glad I did this tour day one.

    Understanding how a new place (new to me) works, is very important to me.... read more

    mandyb307
    January 18, 2022

    star rating  We did this tour the day after we arrived on LHI and we're very glad we did. Going early in our holiday meant we had an overview from a local... read more

    Helen T
    June 8, 2021

    star rating  Peter, who guides the Chase n Thyme Tours, is a gem on Lord Howe Island! His tours answer almost every question you could have about this mystical island. It's a... read more

    belindae635
    May 22, 2021
  • star rating  An entertaining morning! Peter provided all sorts of information & history to give a full understanding of how the island functions, where everything is & the history of how it... read more

    garethsarahjames
    May 10, 2021

    star rating  Highly recommend this tour ASAP after arriving to get an overview of Lord Howe Island. Peter is very knowledgeable and passionate about ensuring visitors get the most out of... read more

    FridayOnMyMindSydney
    November 27, 2020

    star rating  The knowledge that Peter has of this island is remarkable.
    We learnt so much and saw all the interesting places to go.
    I reckon its a must on your first... read more

    L6047ZKmarkc
    November 9, 2020
  • star rating  Peter was an exceptionally knowledgeable, flexible and amenable host for a 3.5hr tour of the island. The small group made for a quite personal experience with Peter fielding... read more

    A_Gough58
    October 17, 2020

    star rating  We travelled with Peter as a large group of Probus members spread over several days. I found Peter's coverage of the island and commentary to be so thorough that we... read more

    mikebM991YH
    March 24, 2020

    star rating  A 3.5 hour tour around the island, great for orienting yourself and seeing the distance between places, as you walk or ride everywhere during your stay on Lord Howe. Peter's... read more

    SydneySider5
    March 21, 2020
  • star rating  We were told not to miss Peter's tour and we are glad that we didn't!
    The tour encompasses the whole length of the island with stops along the way.... read more

    Sue R
    March 9, 2020

    star rating  The Chase 'n' Thyme tour of the Island gives a great over-view of LHI. The visit to the recycling centre was a highlight, just wish I could have got photos.... read more

    Eleanor M
    March 3, 2020

    star rating  A high light of our stay on Lord Howe Island. We love to learn more about an area as we travel; the history, daily life, highlights to see. This filled... read more

    L8048VNmaureenr
    March 2, 2020

History Book

Your tour guide, Peter Phillipps has written a book on the island’s history which is available to purchase. 

AU$38.50

buy now 

History Book

Your tour guide, Peter Phillipps has written a book on the island’s history which is available to purchase. 

AU$38.50

buy now