The World of Norfolk - Favourite Things
Norfolk Island Tourism shares six favourite things to do on this beautiful South Pacific Island, famous for its colourful convict history, stunning scenery and friendly, welcoming locals.
1. Half Day Orientation Tour
This is a must-do ‘tour’ for every visitor. The spectacular scenery and history of the island is brought to life, and makes an ideal introduction to the beauty and diversity of the World of Norfolk. An experienced tour guide will take you to all the main areas of the island, including the World Heritage nominated Kingston Vale area – where Elegant convict-built Georgian buildings are still in daily use – and the beautiful Melanesian Chapel.
2. Progressive Dinner
This is a great way to mix with the locals. You are picked up and driven by coach to visit the homes of local island families. A different course is served at each home. It’s a fun night, where you can meet and enjoy the hospitality of the local people; learn about their way of life on the island, and taste some of the traditional island dishes.
3. Deep Sea Fishing
On Norfolk, there are so many fish, we call it catching not fishing! The fish just seem to leap towards your hook. Team up with one of our local fishing guides for a day out on the water. While you are enjoying the marine life and scenery from the boat, you can try your luck at hauling in trumpeter (sweet lip) groper, snapper, king fish and more! All bait and gear is supplied and you can take some of the catch with you to cook and enjoy.
4. Island Sunset Fish Fry
These are not to be missed! Norfolk's famous fish fries serve up fresh fish, caught that day and then deep fried lightly and served with a feast of island salads, home made bread, and delicious dessert pies. Most of these recipes have been handed down through the local Tahitian and Pitcairn heritage. All this, as you watch the sunset from the cliff tops, and relax to local dancers and entertainers.
5. Trek to Phillip Island
This is an ideal experience for those seeking a little adventure, or for those with a keen interest in birdwatching and the environment. This half-day trek includes a look at the coast from the boat as well as an experienced guide to show you around the island, which is home to a variety of seabirds including masked boobies, petrels, shearwaters, gannets and the sooty tern (known locally as the whale bird). You’ll need a reasonable level of health and fitness, as the terrain can be steep and/or loose underfoot at times.
6. Nature Walks
Norfolk Island National Park is a great place to experience the natural beauty of Norfolk Island. Tracks wind through lush palm forests and stands of Norfolk Island Pine – some leading to stunning vistas of the island and surrounding ocean. All the tracks offer a unique walking experience, with a range of gradings and lengths. A free pamphlet containing trail maps is available from the Norfolk Island National Parks Office on Mission Road.
- Norfolk Islanders are descendants of the famous Bounty Mutineers. They have their own language – Norf’k, a blend of old seafaring English and Tahitian.
- The Norfolk Island phone book is the only one in the world listed by nickname.
- Everyone ‘waves’ to one another here – locals call it the ‘Norfolk Wave’.
- Cows and Kingston geese have right of way on the roads.
- Norfolk is a 1hr 45min flight from Auckland, and a 2hr 30min flight from Sydney.
- Norfolk has a subtropical climate. Summer (October to March) has an average day temperature of 24ºC and winter (April to September) has an average day temperature of 17ºC.
- The currency is the Australian dollar.
Editorial and images supplied courtesy of The World of Norfolk and Norfolk Holiday Apartments