NORFOLK ISLAND HIGHLIGHTS
- A morning discovery orientation tour across the island including Mount Pitt
- Visit three family homes for a progressive dinner, hearing stories from descendants of the original island families
- A morning and afternoon tour of historic Kingston, including four museum visits
- A morning bushwalk with a barbeque breakfast
- The Trial of the Fifteen play
- The Norfolk ‘Green Fingers’ tour
- An island Fish Fry
- Local dining including a highlight dinner at one of the island’s best local restaurants
- Return home with a full appreciation of this unique island with its own language and profound history
- Hear stories from real bounty mutineer descendants
- Some free time to wander the local area and main town street
This is an indicative itinerary. The days or timing for excursions conducted may vary for your tour but the same inclusions will be included (unless for reasons out of our control). The final itinerary for each departure is issued with documentation.
PRE TOUR OPTION
If you book extra nights of stay, you may like to opt for an optional evening activity, Wonderland by Night. This can be pre-booked and added to your tour package for a pre or post tour stay on the island.
Arrive Norfolk Island
It is arrival day for travellers on the direct flight from Sydney, and the afternoon is at your leisure. You may like to take the opportunity to visit the nearby Cyclorama; see the island’s story and cast your eye over the local shop with pieces of art and jewellery. Early evening, our local representative will meet the group at the hotel for an introduction and group briefing, and then join your fellow solo travellers for dinner at one of the islands best local restaurants.
Meals: Highlight Dinner
Discovery Tour. Progressive Dinner
This morning depart on a discovery tour of Norfolk Island and this afternoon there’s some free time before a progressive dinner across the island tonight.
Morning Discovery Tour
A must for every visitor. Take in some of the key historic areas, including Kingston, Cascade and Longridge, and learn the fascinating history of Norfolk Island. Take in the amazing views from the lookouts, learn about Norfolk Island government, laws and also the unique island lifestyle. Some of the highlights include the renowned Melanesian Chapel and a visit to the grounds of an old island home, where you will be served morning tea.
The afternoon is at your leisure; maybe wander down the main street and browse the shops, or relaxing at the hotel.
Evening Progressive Dinner Experience
Early this evening we depart for our Progressive Dinner evening. It is a legendary fixture on Norfolk Island itineraries - the perfect way to get a taste of the real Norfolk Island. This dinner will take you to three homes, with a dinner course at each, in three different parts of the Island. Enjoy stories from island families and learn more of the local island life and history, and listening to the local language, unique to any other place in the world. BYO: Feel free to bring your own drinks this evening to enjoy along the way (white wine and juice is available).
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Kingston Historic Touring
Today, a focus on the historic and World Heritage Listed settlement of Kingston.
Convict Settlement Tour
The entire area is a living showcase of Polynesian, convict and Pitcairn Islander history. Walk through the cemetery, where you will hear the history of the colonial headstones, as well as the old houses along Quality Row. Also walk through the ruins of the New Gaol, see the Pier Store, Boat Shed and the Crank Mill. Hear about the first settlers, the Polynesians who came 900 years ago. Gain an appreciation for the first and second convict settlements and the facts and legends associated with each. Hear how Norfolk became home to descendants of the infamous ‘Bounty’ mutiny.
There is time for a lunch break before continuing on the discovery with our special interest tour with a guided visit of four Museums; Commissariat Store, Pier Store, No. 10 Quality Row, HMS Sirius.
The Museums Tour
- At the Commissariat Store see Polynesian hearthstones, glass beads and pottery from the first British Settlement and instruments of punishments from the infamous second British settlement.
- At the Pier Store museum see the true story of the Mutiny on the Bounty with major Bounty artefacts, understand life on Pitcairn Island and the re-settlement to Norfolk in 1856. There are displays of the current (the Third Settlement of people) on Norfolk Island - the descendants of the Bounty mutineers. Life on Pitcairn and the eventual resettlement to Norfolk in 1856 is covered.
- Now a museum, No 10 Quality Row was built in 1844 for the Foreman of Works. It is set in a beautiful colonial period garden.
- And the fourth of the musuems; Sirius Musuem displays artefacts and story of loss from the wreckage of HMS Sirius, the flagship of the first fleet and Australia's most significant shipwreck, that was wrecked on Norfolk's reef in 1790.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
The Trial of the Fifteen
Later in the afternoon, we head out for a local and renowned play. It’s a historical drama by Peter Clarke and has been successful playing for over ten years . 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 the arrival of the Pitcairn Islanders.
From the play the group is transferred for dinner at a local restaurant before returning to our hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 5 – THURSDAY
Breakfast Bushwalk. Green Fingers Tour. Island Fish Fry.
This morning we take a breakfast bushwalk. The walk caters for varied fitness levels providing the opportunity for all to enjoy the great outdoors on the island, with a barbeque breakfast waiting at the end.
Take your choice of a stroll through Palm Glen Reserve or for the more energetic, a leisurely 3.5 km walk through scenic Mt. Bates (the highest point on the island) to the Captain Cook Monument. It stands at the spot where Captain James Cook and his officers landed in 1774 - and has spectacular views of the coastline. If you would prefer to sleep in and skip the bush walk, but would like to have breakfast on the clifftop, you can join the walkers at Captain Cook Monument and share in the festivities.
Green Fingers Tour
An afternoon garden delight as we visit some of the Islands most lovely gardens. Visit a nursery owned & operated by a young Norfolk Islander, and view the hydroponics. We also visit a gorgeous private garden with a spectacular view and Norfolk Islands only maze! You will also see some of our rare and endangered plants and hear about how the different settlements of the past have influenced the gardens of today.
Tonight, an island Fish Fry is the perfect final dinner to your touring and island discoveries.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 6 – FRIDAY
Depart Norfolk Island
Your beautiful discovery of this special island will come to an end after breakfast. There is the option to extend your stay at the time of booking your place on the tour.
Itineraries may be subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. If there is any itinerary change prior to departure of significance we aim to inform you prior to travel. Itinerary changes while on tour will be informed by your tour leader/guide while on tour.