Pinetree Tours
Pinetree Tours
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
About
Pinetree Tours has been the Island tour and entertainment specialist for over 40 years. Our expert guides bring the history to life, contrasting them with the sights, sounds & people of Norfolk Island today. Norfolk Island’s rich history and spectacular scenery are ideal tour material and no holiday is truly complete without experiencing some of the best Pinetree Tours has on offer. Our tours take in everything, including Island homes, historic sites, convict buildings, shows & entertainment activities where you, the guest, can take part in the action. You might dress as a convict & enjoy an evening of light-hearted colonial feasting and singing & dancing, or indulge in a mouth-watering progressive dinner served in a variety of Island homes. Do one or do them all, but whatever you do, do them with Pinetree Tours, as we've got Norfolk covered.
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Jennifer H
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
On arrival I was told that my tour would not be Friday as I had booked but Saturday. Then I was told the bus doesn't drop off at my accommodation. So I did not get any transfers, and the tour was a day late. However the guide driving the bus was excellent.
Written 15 May 2024
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Jennifer H
3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Pick-up and orientation tour I booked does not drop off or pick up at my accommodation. Orientation tour booked for the next day Friday was postponed to Saturday. Accommodation was not as advertised
Written 14 May 2024
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jill c
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Very knowledgeable guide who made it very interesting and great sense of humour. Good value indeed. Will recommend to friends and family.ily
Written 23 March 2024
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Thank you very much for this review! I'm really glad you enjoyed our Island Orientation Tour!
Written 1 April 2024
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James S
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
So get on a bus at hotel (Seaside), then drive down the road to Kingston. At number 9 Quality Row, we get out, We are greeted by a ghost chicken. Then an old lady ghost comes out and tells us to follow her.

Incidentally at end of the tour we drop her off at the cemetery where we learn where her grave is if we want to visit and that she is 24 years old. The actress does an amazing job though throughout the dinner and tour but you are left wondering, surely they could have found a closer to 24 years of age actress, a surely ghosts don't age, and if they did wouldn't she be in skeleton form now.

The ghost has to do some waitering. The cost of living in a graveyard is not cheap you know. The entree was garlic toast. Not only was it delicious but the ghost had ensured we would be safe from vampires that night (she didn't tell us this, I just surmised it).

Main course - corned silverside with white sauce on it with three potatoes, some lettuce, cucumber and the ghost's idea of a practical joke, the most disgusting food on the planet, onions. It was very nice, and honestly as good as anything else I ate on the island. The ghost had to clear plates away between courses too. To finish off our meal she bought out chocolate lava cake, with chocolate topping, cream and blueberries, also yummy!

Then we got back on what the ghost called a horseless carriage and left No. 9 Quality Row. Then we get on and off a few times (we're given lanterns) around the historic ruins of Kingston, such as the hospital (the bus driver plays the doctor),and end up at the most haunted house in Australia and I think third in the world. We sit out back in the servant's quarters and the ghost tells us some stuff. The night was a lot of fun and very informative. Plus a great way to see Kingston after dark.

I'll provide this info here too as I couldn't find it anywhere and I wanted to know before I booked. Other than the meal part, are there any other differences between this Ghost tour and a rival company's Lantern Lit Ghost Tour being this one was $95 and theirs' $45? First I'll say, I did do both tours and they are both worth doing.

Main differences - Lantern Lit G T goes into the cemetery. The guide on that one (dressed in a clock and talks like The Count of Sesame Street at times) does actually mention the ghost from Pinetree's tour while there. You also visit Colleen Mccullogh's grave and a few others.

Lantern Lit G T visits both houses in the duplex that is the most haunted house in Australia. But honestly you're not missing much in the right duplex as it is all ruins inside. Unless you encounter something in there, which one old lady did (felt a presence) and returned to sit in the bus.

The lanterns on Ghost Dinner are better producing light wise than on Lantern Lit G T, there's look more authentic to the era though. The guide does have a better one though so you can see her when she is talking or to follow her, So you do get better photos on the Dinner one. Although it's still dark and only lantern light so they are still limited. Lantern Lit G T doesn't go to the well beside the duplex for safety reasons due to their lack of lantern light (hey, I asked).

Ghost Dinner has more stops to explore with the lanterns in Kingston than Lantern Lit G T does. However Lantern Lit does instead of just going down Taylor's Road like Ghost Dinner bus does, goes via Queen Elizabeth Ave, Collins Head Road, Rooty Hill Road and does stop at times to talk about non and convict era ghosts on the way to Kingston, such as an old lady hitchhiker.

Lantern Lit stops in the Kingston Pier area where shots of Port (or grape juice if you prefer) along with chocolates with orange in them are passed around. Lantern Lit jumps between being a more serious ghosts are real experience to the host telling lame dad jokes such as "we're about to cross to the other side (pause) of the road." Where as Ghost Dinner is more like it's a show.

Ghost Dinner is better, but remember you're paying $50 more. But I would highly recommend doing both. There's actually another called Twilight Ghost Tour Norfolk Island History and Genealogy as well, I didn't do that one but from what I could read up on it (like all these tours there isn't much info) they use instruments to try and find ghosts. Besides three with Ghost Tour in the title, Pinetree's Sound and Light Tour is narrated by various ghosts as you sit in a bus and are driven around Kingston at night while the bus lights up various buildings and actors re-enact the past as the ghosts tell the story. I did that one and can recommend it. I didn't do 1856 the Untold Story but it also seems to be a similar concept.
Written 19 March 2024
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Thank you so much for your in depth review. I am really glad you enjoyed our Ghost Tour & Dinner.
Written 21 March 2024
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Noeline T
Cleveland, Australia57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Interesting dinner held in 3 homes of Norfolk Islanders with informative talks. Dessert to die for. A good invite into Island living.
Written 16 March 2024
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Thank you for taking the time to write this! I'm really glad you enjoyed our Progressive Dinner!
Written 21 March 2024
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Noeline T
Cleveland, Australia57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Great Evening, good food, good entertainment, fabulous position. Held in family home of original settlers. Owner gave a talk after dinner which wax very informative and interesting. Terrific dessert, thanks Johan
Written 16 March 2024
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Larso1
Coffs Harbour, Australia330 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
We went with Pinetree Tours Ghost Tour & Dinner, hosted by the ghost of Elizabeth White Robertson, who died 11th January 1847. The tour left by bus from Pinetree's depot in Burnt Pine and our meal was eaten in the servant's quarters at one of the houses in Quality Row. After the meal, the bus took us back towards the wharf at Kingston Pier, where we visited the ruins of the hospital and surgeons' quarters before going back to No. 2 Quality Row to visit the ruins of the Civil Officer's Quarters. Lots of ghost stories were recounted along the way.
Written 13 March 2024
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Thank you for your review. Great to hear you had a good evening, and enjoyed our Ghost Tour & Dinner.
Written 17 March 2024
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Larso1
Coffs Harbour, Australia330 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
We went on the organised Fish Fry tour with Pinetree Tours but made our own way to "Orn Da Cliff" by car because we had our own transport. The meal was excellent, and the venue is great, all undercover, but they also have an outdoor venue as well. Great entertainment by Trent, a local, but originally from Pitcairn Island, plus they had some local girls doing traditional Tahitian dancing. The site is at the top of the cliff, as the venue title suggests, and you will see amazing views and sunsets from there. Thoroughly recommend!
Written 12 March 2024
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Thank you very much for your lovely review. I'm so glad you enjoyed our famous Island Fish Fry! I hope you had a great holiday on Norfolk as well.
Written 14 March 2024
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KateE
Melbourne, Australia48 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Went to the Progressive Dinner whilst on a N.I. tour with a group of women. The 3 different families warmly welcomed us, fed us with lovely food and spoke of life on the island. Very different & interesting night.
Written 29 February 2024
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Thank you for taking the time to review our Progressive Dinner. I'm really happy you enjoyed your evening, and hope you had a great time on Norfolk Island
Written 3 March 2024
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KateE
Melbourne, Australia48 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Went to the Fish Fry whilst on a group tour. Lovely location. Lots of people catered for so had to queue for the food. Good assortment of salad & local specialties. The fish was excellent & plentiful. Guy with a guitar entertained us with songs plus local girls danced.
Written 29 February 2024
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Thank you for your review, I'm so glad you enjoyed the evening!
Written 3 March 2024
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