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Norfolk Island
NORFOLK ISLAND

Norfolk Island

This delightfully unique destination will take you by surprise – so rich in history and breathtakingly beautiful, Norfolk Island is as enchanting and quaint as its friendly locals who have lived on this tiny island for generations, many of whom are descendants of those famous Bounty Mutineers.

You’ll find it hard to believe, as you drive down quiet country roads or walk through the soaring trees of the national park, that this could ever have been the setting for such a checkered and at times gruesome past: firstly as the site of two penal colonies, then as a new home for descendants of the Bounty Mutineers.

Adventure tourism is still growing, but if you’re after a little excitement, you can opt for activities like sea-kayaking, mountain biking, big game fishing and horse trekking.

The subtropical temperature is the icing on the cake: average maximums range from 16˚C in winter to 24˚C in summer. Despite its compact size (total area is less than 35 square kilometres) Norfolk Island is the ‘Bounteous Isle’, in every way – just awaiting your exploration and discovery. Norfolk Island is truly a captivating experience.



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Norfolk Island is for History Lovers

Norfolk Island is for History Lovers

Norfolk Island was selected as an ideal penal colony thanks to its remoteness and economic potential. The first settlers arrived in 1788 and set about building a gaol and other town facilities. The gaol and several other buildings remain today and are often said to be the best examples of all Australia’s convict sites, so much so that it has won UNESCO World Heritage status. Kingston, situated on Slaughter Bay, is the island’s main town. Many of its buildings have been restored and now house museums and galleries documenting Norfolk Island’s storied past. A couple of history tours to take the fancy are the Convict Settlement Tour, where you’ll walk through the cemetery and hear the history of interesting convict and colonial headstones, listen to stories about the houses along Quality Row and walk through the ruins of the Gaol or Night as a Convict where you can dress as a convict and join in with the Commandant for an evening of gaiety, feasting, singing and dancing.

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SOME THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN NORFOLK ISLAND




Sound and light SOUND AND LIGHT SHOW

Nightfall at Kingston brings a different mood to the convict settlement. The stillness and the stars are there just as they were before mankind arrived in 1788, until the mood is broken and you experience the horrifying decades of Norfolk Island’s convict era in a theatrical show.

 

Wonderland by Night WONDERLAND BY NIGHT

With ten acres of magical pines and bushland lit up like an enchanted forest you’ll feel like you’ve entered a magical wonderland. Meander along (or ride in the ‘moon buggy’) a gentle winding path with Archie, a descendant of the Bounty Mutineers as he recites his poems.

Breakfast Bush Walk BREAKFAST BUSH WALK

Take your choice of a stroll through Hundred Acres Reserve or for the more energetic, a leisurely 3.5 kilometre walk through scenic Mt. Bates to Captain Cook Monument. At the end of the walks meet on the cliff top for a delicious breakfast BBQ. We can’t think of a better way to start your day.






NORFOLK ISLAND ACCOMMODATION



Here's a taste of some of our favourite resort options in Norfolk Island.
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Aloha Apartments
GOVERNOR'S LODGE RESORT
★★★half star
Gorgeous is the word for Governor’s Lodge, this place is a stand-out. It has the atmosphere of a resort, the convenience of a hotel and a top location: everything you need for the perfect Norfolk holiday and it has plenty of history at heart. Guests here stay in attractive, stand-alone units, built among sub-tropical gardens to form a village setting. Each has a verandah, separate bedroom and open-plan living room with kitchenette.
Coast Norfolk Island
PARADISE HOTEL & RESORT
★★★half star
Fantastically located, family-run and very highly rated by travellers, Paradise is one of Norfolk Island’s most popular resorts. Its peaceful setting in 11 acres of private, landscaped gardens is an easy 10 minute, walk to the Burnt Pine Shops, with a free shuttle vehicle to and from for those who prefer to ride. There’s an excellent restaurant with indoor and outdoor dining, a swimming pool, cocktail bar, coffee lounge with complimentary tea and coffee, an internet hub and a well-stocked DVD library.
Aataren Norfolk Island Villas
AATAREN NORFOLK ISLAND VILLAS
★★★★
This boutique property offers two One Bedroom Villas, a Two Bedroom Villa, and the two storey, Three Bedroom Villa, which can sleep up to six. All are self-contained, attractively decorated, spacious and very comfortable, and each has its own BBQ for outdoor dining. The location is handy to tennis courts (next door), Burnt Pine Centre (one kilometre) and beautiful Emily Bay (two kilometres). The sights of the Kingston historic area are just a five minute drive away.





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NEED TO KNOW



 
Norfolk Island

COUNTRY NAME


Norfolk Island

Capital

CAPITAL


Kingston

Clock

TIME DIFFERENCE


Current time in Norfolk Island
New Zealand is 1 hour ahead of Norfolk Island

Currency

CURRENCY


Australia Dollar (AUD)

Electricity

ELECTRICITY


Current is 230V, 50HZ. Plug the same as New Zealand

Language

LANGUAGE


English and Norfuk

Banking

BANKING


Norfolk Island has two banks, Westpac and the Commonwealth Bank. Branches of both are located in the middle Burnt Pine shopping area. Both banks are opened Monday to Thursday from 9AM-4PM and on Fridays 9AM-5PM. There is one ATM on the Island which is located outside of the Commonwealth Bank. Both banks can exchange your foreign currency for you. All major credit cards and travel cheques are also widely accepted on the island.

Meidcal

MEDICAL


Hospitals is located on Norfolk Island.

Visa Information

VISAS


If you’re travelling on a NZ Passport, a Visa is not required but you are required to have proof of return or onward ticket. If you intend on staying longer than 30 days a visa will be required.

Flight times

FLIGHT TIMES


2 hours 20 minutes

Air hostess

AIRLINES


Air Chathams






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