A promontory on the south-east coast of the South Island, Chaslands is located to the south of Waipati Beach and the Waipati River Estuary. Early in the 19th century, sealer and whaler Thomas Chaslands named the place 'Chaslands Mistake' after he made the mistake of delaying the slaughter of a herd of seals.

Paua and mussel gathering, fishing both fresh water and coastal, hunting, bird watching,  swimming and diving are popular activities in Chaslands. For those interested in the history of the area, a great place to visit is Wayback Station, a fully operational farm with an original farmhouse from the 1800s. Also accessible from the farm are the Bridal Veil and Masons Apron Water Falls as well as the Waipati River.