We visited Norolk Island for the 3rd time in April this year 2010 and it felt just like we were coming home even though it is an Australian Territory!
The Island is such a restful place but with so much to do and see one could never be bored. The history associated with the early Penal Colonies and then the arrival of the Pitcairners is extraordinary. Last year we were on Island for Bounty Day on June 8th when the locals dress in heritage costumes and re enact their arrival in 1856. The traditional woven hats worn by everyone are so unique and you can buy them and bring them back home. The whole day was wonderful and we loved sharing food and friendship with everyone there.
The scenery is exquisite with incredible clifftop ocean views and the heritage buildings are amazing. For the adventurous there is scuba diving, fishing and exploring Philip Island. There are many interesting, informative and delightful tours available. Swimming at Emily Bay is so amazing. The restaurants and cafes serve wonderful fresh food - the fish is to die for. Shoppers are well and truly catered for and golfers, bowlers and tennis players are always welcome. The locals are so friendly and the environment is very safe - no need for locks here. You can walk everywhere in totaly safety - no stranger danger.
There are heaps of different accommodation options - always welcoming. We stayed at the Daydreamer Appartments this year and would recommend them very highly.Wonderfully appointed with everything one could possibly need.The Rental car we had from Borries was really cute - loved the colour!
The Hibiscus on Norfolk are huge. They have never been infected with any of the diseases that afflict many elsewhere and are a real delight for many fantastic photos.
Cows have right of way on the road but they are so used to cars they take no notice. The climate is very even which is great for those of us who do not enjoy the extremes.
Norfolk Island is only 1.5hrs flight from Auckland so why not pop up there for a week or more. You will be amazed how relaxed you will be when you return home. Can hardly wait to get back there!