Discover Norfolk Island

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Discover Norfolk Island

Discover Norfolk Island

8 Days

Overview

Norfolk Island is a sub-tropical island located, approximately 1,600km north-east of Sydney and 1,100km north-west of Auckland.

A paradise island that is only 5 x 8 km in size. The highest point is Mt Bates at 318 metres. There are 2 outer island, Nepean Island and Phillip Island. Norfolk Island is the perfect escape from a demanding world. The delightful switch to “Norfolk Time” allows the internal clock to release the passing of each hour, and frees the mind from expectation. From a cruisy cafe lunch to a snorkel in Emily Bay lagoon – all the island asks is that you enjoy its offerings. Discover for yourself why visitors return time and time again. There’s so much more to Norfolk Island!

Contact us for more information on the Discover Norfolk Island tour.

Itinerary

Day 1: (Monday)
Arrive Norfolk Island. Met and transferred to Castaway for 7 nights’ accommodation in a Garden View Room including full Cooked breakfast each day. Enjoy a complimentary welcome drink on arrival and then your afternoon is at leisure to relax and settle into your accommodation.

Castaway – Conveniently located in the heart of Burnt Pine with sweeping valley and garden views, the Castaway is just a short stroll to local shops and cafes. We provide our guests with complimentary access to our fitness room, as well as complimentary use of beach towels, snorkelling gear, picnic rugs and local mobile phones whilst on the Island. Join us in our restaurant on selected evenings for our blackboard menu, Friday night pizza nights or make use of our BBQ and communal kitchen. Our bar is open everyday for Happy Hour from 5 pm.

Day 2: (Tuesday)
After breakfast you will collected and depart on today’s touring itinerary:

DISCOVER OUR WORLD – is an informative tour to Discover Norfolk Island to introduce you to the beauty and diversity of our Island paradise. Tour the Island with informative local guides to set the scene for your stay.

1856 THE UNTOLD STORY
(Norfolk’s new Light & Sound Show)
On 8 June 1856 a total of 194 people, descendants from the Bounty, arrived on Norfolk Island from Pitcairn Island aboard the Morayshire. This consisted of 40 men, 47 women, 54 boys, and 53 girls. They arrived in cold, wet blustery conditions. Few had ever been to sea before, they were seasick, homesick and heartsick. The journey of 6,000 km/ 3,700 miles took five weeks. They arrived to a recently abandoned penal settlement set aside for the ‘worst of the worst’ it was full of ghosts and memories. It was a large and frightening testimony of man’s inhumanity to man. The 1856 untold story will follow their journey in the World Heritage Listed Kingston area. Baunti Escapes will bring the past to life with an audio aboard their coach, recounting stories of the families, where they lived and how they adapted to their new life on Norfolk Island. This 1-hour tour is very evocative.

Day 3: (Wednesday)
After breakfast you will collected and depart on today’s touring itinerary:

COLLEEN McCULLOUGH HOME TOUR – Colleen McCullough, world-renowned author of 24 books called Norfolk Island home for almost 36 years. She and husband, Norfolk Islander, Ric Robinson, created a luxurious hideaway and maintained their privacy to ensure that Colleen had the perfect environment for her writing. Some of her most powerful titles were created in this much-loved sanctuary.

Her beloved property “Out Yenna” is now open. Be escorted through her magnificent home and view Ric and Colleen’s priceless collection of artefacts gathered on their travels all over the world. This is a glimpse into the life of a modern-day literary icon. If you have read her amazing books, you will love the experience of sharing the world of Colleen McCullough, author of “Tim”, “The Thornbirds” and “Morgan’s Run”.

COMMANDANTS’ DINNER
This factual yet fun dinner theatre is Norfolk Island’s newest interactive show and a great way to learn about Norfolk’s history. The cast of actors will take you on an entertaining journey back in time. You will be enthralled by the Commandants’ stories about the notorious Convict Settlements on Norfolk Island and how the convicts were treated by sadists and reformers alike.

Listen to a chilling recall of one of the infamous rebellions. Marvel at how the Commandants and their families adapted to life in a Norfolk Island penal colony, recreating a little piece of England in the Pacific. Explore their great challenges, impressive successes and shameful secrets.

Our venue has created a special three-course dinner menu of traditional English fare to compliment the theatrical setting. Hearty, wholesome, British tucker fit for a Commandant and his good lady wife – fortunately prepared by free men in a modern kitchen not a poor convict over a wood stove!

The Commandants’ Dinner is a night of great entertainment, delectable food and loads of fun. Make it a “must” for your itinerary!!

Day 4: (Thursday)
After breakfast you will collected and depart on today’s touring itinerary:

BREAKFAST BUSHWALK – Your walk will take you through diverse habitats from rain forest to clifftops, between enormous pines and white-woods and surrounded by seabirds. While the topography is hilly, the pace is relaxed and our guides cater to a range of fitness levels. Your efforts will be richly rewarded by a delicious barbeque breakfast with all the trimmings, which awaits. Learn about our flora and fauna and see some of our 40 endemic species of plants and birds. For those that just want to join us for breakfast come along! We will relax and meet up with the others for breakfast. Three walk/non-walk options available to suit all fitness levels!

ISLAND FISH FEAST – You will have an eagle-eyed view of the tiny crescent-shaped beach and the magnificent spread of ocean stretching to the far horizon.

The beautifully set tables will delight you – it’s the most glamorous picnic you will ever attend! Scrumptiously fresh, local fish is prepared the local way and accompanied with a range of seasonal island dishes including those passed down from our Polynesian fore-mothers. This extends even to dessert. Our feast kicks off with entertainment, by a local singer and Tahitian-style dancers. The venue is subject to change if the weather becomes inclement.

Day 5: (Friday)
Today you have the full day at leisure to relax this evening we enjoy a special Dinner.

PROGRESSIVE DINNER – The three course Progressive Dinner is the perfect way to get a taste of the real Norfolk lifestyle. Baunti’s Progressive Dinner takes you to lovely Island homes.

All you must do is relax and enjoy the home-cooked food, bursting with the goodness of fresh island produce, chat with your fellow diners and soak up the stories of your island hosts as they share their passion for their little island paradise.

Day 6: (Saturday)
Free day for last minute shopping – shops close at noon.

Day 7: (Sunday)
Free day to relax or explore.

Day 8: (Monday)
Morning at leisure before transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

Price + Inclusions

Discover Norfolk IslandPrice per person
Twin Share (Land Only)$1,395

Includes:

  • 7 night accommodation in a Garden View Room at Castaway
  • Cooked breakfast daily
  • Return airport transfers
  • Complementary Snorkelling equipment
  • 3 special event dinners
  • 4 guided tours as per itinerary

Exclusions:

  • Flights from Australia mainland
  • Meals not indicated
  • Beverages
  • Additional Touring options

Optional Touring:

Norfolk Bird Tour – $100 per person
Norfolk Island’s unique birds are waiting for you! Visiting easy access forest glades, private property and stunning coastal areas. Where 25 rare and endemic bird species can be found in the island’s subtropical rainforest. Sensational photographic opportunities.

Glass Bottom Boat Trip – $65 per person
Christian’s Glass Bottom boat will take you on a cruise within the lagoon of Emily and Slaughter Bays. Norfolk Island has the second southernmost coral reef in the world and attracts a diversity of marine life. You will view a wide variety of species of colourful fish and beautiful coral as you cruise the crystal-clear pristine waters of the lagoon.

Lantern Lit Ghost Tour – $47 per person
Something is out there! As the night sets in and the long shadows fall, come and take a lantern-lit ride to the other side. Step through the veil into the worst of all possible worlds. Explore the crooked cobbled nether – world of Norfolk’s dark and troubled past as we visit real haunted sites. Hear real ghost stories, which have for generations lain forgotten and abandoned until now. Double dare you to follow me!

Convict Kingston Tour – $49 per person
Learn about World Heritage Listed Kingston. Hear about our first settlers, the Polynesians who came 900 years ago, learn about our First and second settlements and the facts and legends associated with each. Learn how Norfolk became home to the descendants of the infamous Bounty mutiny. Walk through the historic cemetery.

Taste of Norfolk – $65 per person
We will take you to a beekeepers’ home where you will view flow hives, learn about the fascinating local honeybees, and view their incredible flight path to their hives.

Next stop will be a beef and dairy farm where you will learn about supplying milk to make local cheese and fresh milk for the market place. Your hosts will also give you a taste of local beef sausages.

Last visit will be a cooking demonstration and where you will learn about the traditional Island way of cooking handed down by our Tahitian foremothers. , You will meet 3 passionate locals so just sit back, relax and enjoy!

Hilli Goat – The Norfolk Whey – $95 per person
Emily and her family welcome you to The Hilli Goat Farm. Located at stunning Anson Bay, you will learn the history of the family farm and Hilli Goat business. Take a short enjoyable stroll around the edible gardens to meet and interact with the happy “hilli” goats. Join in on the milking of the girls as we collect the milk and then see the cheese making process in the cheese room. The Norfolk Whey concludes at Emily’s family home where you can sit back, relax and take in the beautiful ocean and valley views. A cheese tasting of astronomical proportions is served up with a glass of complementary wine. Emily loves to show off all the beautiful seasonal produce she has grown and collected from the garden; fresh fruits, vegetables, salads, homemade breads, Hilli Goat cheeses, local pine smoked ham, traditional Norfolk dishes and much more. A table overflowing with organic, fresh, colourful, flavoursome, seasonal food that is sure to wow. Emily suggests you come on tour with a hungry tummy!

Trial of 15 – $66 per person
You are an eyewitness to a courtroom drama as fifteen extraordinary characters’ step on stage to expose Norfolk’s colourful and sometimes turbulent past. The testimony of those on trial reveals the story of Norfolk Island, Polynesian visitation, European discovery, convict misery and arrival of the Pitcairn Islanders. This highly successful show has been running for over ten years to more than 35,000 visitors.

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