Tours & Activities
Norfolk Island Tours & Activities
Welcome to our world – we’ve got a whole range of tours & activities to offer you. This is the home of the Norfolk Island PEOPLE. Over 20 nationalities live here. Notably it is home to the Pitcairn Islanders, descendants of the Mutiny on the Bounty, who arrived here on June 8, 1856. They brought with them cooking, music, and weaving/ plaiting that are still practiced today, and a language that is still spoken. The Norf’k language (Norfolk language) is a wonderful mix of Tahitian and old English, and it is taught in our school.
Norfolk Island has an amazing PAST. It is home to the southern hemisphere’s best collection of restored convict built Georgian buildings and structures that are still in community use today – living history indeed! And they are World Heritage listed. They house our museums, our parliament, and our public service. The convict built pier is one of two places only to launch boats to go fishing, or bring in goods from overseas.
The island is only 8 x 5 kilometres in size, yet it is a PLACE of amazing physical beauty. It is a place blessed with a wonderful sub-tropical climate where the ‘great outdoors’ is yours to enjoy. Where ‘fast food’ is pulled out of the ground. Where 40 endemic species of flora and fauna live. Our air is amongst the cleanest on the planet. The only impurity in our seas is a 220 year old ship wreck.
Tours & activities
On Norfolk Island you can take it as easy as can be, or be as busy as you want to be. There is a wide range of things to do, choose from: amazing marine and nature-based pursuits such as bush walking, sea kayaking, frontier surfing, diving/snorkeling, and deep sea fishing; shopping; dinners; shows and plays; convict and many other historical tours; and cliff top fish dining. So, OUR world is YOUR playground and we look forward to showing you around!
Below are some tours & activities that are on offer. Read below and learn a little more or contact one of our friendly staff and discuss your Norfolk Island holiday package today.
The Burnt Pine Travel Team.
Here's a selection of the tours & activities available on Norfolk Island
Behind the Hedges
Thursday 8:30am Price: $52pp
Visit a small hobby farm at Anson Bay that has been influential in improving our local livestock industry. Nearby at Norfolk’s major pottery you’ll view a demonstration with time to browse the Cottage Pottery shop. Then enjoy morning tea at a scenic location, followed by a visit to a beautiful private and commercial garden that supplies our local florists with stock. Exclusive to Pinetree Tours – visit Sweeties and learn how we make chocolate on Norfolk.
Bird Finder Tour with Margaret Christian
Departs the Visitor Information Centre Monday, Wednesday and Fridays at 8am Price: $100pp
Norfolk Island’s unique birds are waiting for you! You can be one of the many visitors who says, “This has been my best day on Norfolk!” after 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. This tour is weather dependent, min. 2 & max. 9 persons for this tour.
Wednesday and Saturday 7am
Discover the incredible scenic beauty of Norfolk Island’s natural environment on a relaxing and informative guided one hour bush walk. Learn about our unique ecosystems and endemic flora & fauna. Arrive in time to enjoy a well deserved hearty barbeque breakfast.
Cliff Top BBQ Breakfast
Wednesday and Saturday 8:15am
Don’t want an early rise but the barbeque breakfast on the cliff top sounds good? Then join us at Anson Bay & share in the delicious barbeque breakfast.
Fishing, Scenic trips and Phillip Island treks on demand
With over 15 years experience running charters on Norfolk Island, you are guaranteed a great time with Charter Marine. For the fishing enthusiast, local skipper David Bigg will take you to Norfolk’s abundant outer reefs on a fishing experience never to be forgotten. Gear supplied or BYO favourite rig. Sit back and experience Norfolk’s beautiful coastline from the comfort of Amberjac, Dave Bigg’s Norfolk-built vessel, on one of the Scenic Tour options. Or make the half day trek around Phillip Island. Located 7kms south of Norfolk it is a haven for nesting seabirds, awe inspiring landscapes, endemic and unique flora and fauna. The trek requires a reasonable level of fitness and you’ll be guided by an experienced local. Tours are subject to weather and minimum numbers.
Colleen McCullough Home Tour
Duration: 1 hour
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. image source: Ulf Andersen/Getty Images
Convict Kingston Tour
Duration: 3 hours
Learn about World Heritage Listed Kingston. Hear about our first settlers, the Polynesians who came 900 years ago. Learn about our First and Second Convict Settlements and the facts and legends associated with each. Learn how Norfolk became home to descendants of the infamous ‘Bounty’ mutiny.
Convict Settlement Tour
Tue & Fri – 1pm
Take an in-depth tour of the Kingston settlement’s historic Georgian buildings. Stroll through the cemetery listening to the history behind interesting convict and colonial headstones and stories of the Quality Row houses. Walk the ruins of the New Gaol, view the Pier Store, Boat shed and the Crank Mill.
Crystal Kayak Tours
Duration: 3 1/2 hours
Price: $100pp min. 2
See Norfolk from a new angle with Mark your experienced local kayak guide. View our magnificent coastline & crystal clear waters by kayak! Tours operate on demand and are weather dependent. You will need a reasonable level of fitness however no previous experience is required.
PLEASE BRING: Comfortable footwear (Runners), Sun protection clothing, Sunscreen & Drinking water.
Culla and Co. Horse and Carriage Tour
Duration: 2 hours
Culla and Co. Steeles Point Carousel Horse and Carriage Tour. Join us for the highlight of your Norfolk holiday experience. The Big Beautiful Clydesdales invite you to clip clop ‘Down Memory Lane’ with them and their driver Culla on a 2 hour tour – enjoy a cuppa and cliff top views – an outing for all the family. Minimum numbers apply.
A curious tale of English Pirates and Polynesian Princesses. A quirky melding of two cultures which fashioned a new and very unique way of life. Includes the Island’s fascinating early Pitcairner history, Norf’k language, weaving and wetls – a traditional food tasting. Kam lorngf’ aklan en itet swiit!
Dormitories of the Dead
Ours is a turbulent history. Old cemeteries, burial grounds and unmarked graves provide us with a valuable and fascinating record of our dear and distant past. Visit the grave sites of those who now lie in quiet repose on this tiny, beautiful, and at times painfully distant land. Sad and somber tales of loss and lament, hope and redemption, of good men gone bad, and lives cut dramatically short – every last one now gone the way of all the Earth…
Farm and Industry
Duration: 3 hrs
While tourism is Norfolk’s largest industry, it is by no means its only one. On this tour, we take you to a selection of the many other enterprises that sustain our community. These might include: raising meat producing sheep, market gardening, pig farming, manufacturing soft drinks and liqueurs, aquaponics gardening or exporting Kentia seedlings. Refreshments provided.
Fletcher’s Mutiny Cyclorama
Open 7 days
Price: Adult – $15pp, Child – $5pp (4-14yrs)
An outstanding attraction & Tourism Awards winner, this stunning 360° panoramic painting has been impressing visitors with its ‘wow’ factor for over 10 years. It brings to life the Bounty mutiny & the history of the Norfolk Island people.
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Tuesday and Friday 11:30am
Price: $20pp, or $15pp when purchased with Museum Pass
The sound of the bell tolling across the Island meant that someone had passed away. It would toll once for each year of the person’s life. The Norfolk Island Cemetery is one of the most unique & important cemeteries in Australasia spanning over 200 years. Lead by a local guide you’ll wander through the gravestones and the stories, a unique & truly memorable experience.
Ghost Tour Dinner and Lantern Walk
Wednesday and Saturday 6:15pm
Listen to tales and stories that will delight you, make you sad and through it all send shivers down your spine! Includes dinner in historic Kingston and a lantern walk through the ruins. Limited numbers, BYO
Glass Bottom Boat Tours
Duration: 1 hr
Our two Norfolk Islander’s, Donald and Les, will share their knowledge of Norfolk’s unique marine life. Once you’ve ‘walked the plank’ with these ‘mutineer descendants’ it takes 60 seconds (yes one minute!) to be at the reef. View beautiful coral gardens and tropical fish inside the calm crystal waters of Norfolk’s lagoon. Donald & Les provide full interesting commentary on this environmental tour. With these two you should be prepared for a touch of Norfolk humour (add $12 if transfer required).
Green Fingers Tour
A tour featuring some of the islands most lovely gardens. Through the morning we visit a nursery owned & operated by a young Norfolk Islander, and view the hydroponics. We also visit a gorgeous private garden with spectacular view. Morning Tea at a scenic spot included. Min. of 6
Hilli Goat Tours – The Norfolk Way
Wednesday and Friday 2pm
At the Hilli Goat paddock to plate is a way of life. Come and meet some of the happiest and healthiest dairy goats. Everything we do is clean, green and sustainable. Watch the milking, walk the edible gardens and see the cheese making. A thoroughly informative and delicious tour that will see you return to your accommodation to Baelii ap. Walking shoes required
History in the Making Tour
Tue 9am, Thu and Sat 1pm
A Comprehensive History Tour of Norfolk’s 4 Settlements. Experience first hand Stone Cutting, Shingle Splitting, Timber Cutting and Cloth & Rope making. Visit 200 Year old work sites and see where produce gardens once thrived, processing mills and more. This bus tour takes 3.5 hours. It includes morning or afternoon tea in an island home and a visit to a small working museum. Group bookings welcome.
Island Adventures 4WD Tour
Mon, Tue, Thu and Fri 9am
Explore Norfolk’s backlot aboard an 18-seater 4WD bus. In air-conditioned comfort you’ll view remote Norfolk. See native Flora and bird life, travel through the national park, Island forests and see spectacular private Island views. Great for all ages and includes delicious cakes & tea at a beautiful Island home.
Island Culture Tour
Wed and Sat 1pm
Experience the culture of our forebears! From our mutineer ancestors and their Tahitian wives came the arts of wood craft, weaving, cooking and our Norfolk Language. On this tour see a woodturning demonstration using Norfolk timber, visit Island homes where you’ll learn about our cooking.
Island Fish Feast
Perched on the clifftop above Anson Bay, you will have an eagle-eyed view of the tiny crescent-shaped beach and the magnificent spread of ocean stretching to the far horizon. Our feast kicks off with an entertainer and a very talented group of Tahitian-style dancers, silhouetted against the setting sun. And even when the sunset fails to dazzle, the singing and dancing will definitely set the tone for an evening of fun and relaxation. Scrumptiously fresh, local fish is prepared the local way in golden beer batter and accompanied with a range of seasonal island dishes including those passed down from our Polynesian fore-mothers. See how we make the most of our home grown produce and enjoy paddock to plate freshness. This extends even to dessert which is Norfolk Island pies made from local eggs and fruit in season. A cash bar offers wine, beer and juice.
Island Fish Fry
Tue and Thu 5pm
Enjoy a feast of Island dishes, salads, homemade bread & fresh fried fish, followed by Island desserts & tea or coffee. Enjoy some local entertainment on Norfolk’s beautiful western coastline. This is a great meal to have before the Bounty Show or Sound & Light Show.
*Additional $11pp if transfers are required
Island Garden Tours
Duration: 3 hrs
Join Liz, a Pitcairn descendant, for a guided tour through four gorgeous Island gardens not normally open to the public. Discover how each garden reflects the history of Norfolk and the unique way of life here. You’ll see rare and endangered plants and learn how the different settlements have had an influence on the gardens of today. Enjoy a morning or afternoon tea at a picturesque spot.
Lantern Lit Ghost Tour
Duration: 2 hrs
Real ghost stories and real hauntings. Bring an open mind and come with us beyond the boundaries of the known. Hear the terrifying tales of mischief, malice, mayhem and murder as your local ghost host guides you on a spine tingling lantern-lit tour around the historic streets of the Olde Town. Includes a cemetery walk and visit to Australia’s most haunted house as seen on TV.
Legends of the Lash
A Convict Story. The steel men, stone men, flash men, and brick-makers who spoke the flash patter, dealt swiftly to the ‘dogs’, and loathed the trumpery of the traps with a vile vengeance. They wore the ‘red shirt’ of the flagellator with pride and entered the troubled tomes of our history. A unique opportunity to bring history to life and ‘see’ the convicts who served time on Norfolk Island.
Murder Mystery Dinner
Enjoy a 3 course meal fit for the Commandants whilst the mystery unfolds… Meet the Commandant, Clergymen & Convicts of this period. Includes true characters from the Second Settlement. A great fun night out. Solve the mystery & win a prize!
Museums Pass and Tag-a-long Tour
In your own time
Explore the Museum at your own pace with the Museum Pass. It includes multiple entries to all four museums at any time during your stay, as well as two guided Tag-A-Long tours. These tours include a guided journey behind the scenes, to reveal additional stories from the museum collection and Norfolk’s history. There’s no need to book, simply turn up on the two mornings that suit you. All tours leave from the R.E.O. Bookshop at 9:30am and take approximately an hour and a half.
Pier Store, HMS Sirius, Commissariat Store and No. 10 Quality Row
Tag-A-Long tour schedule:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: Commissariat Store and No. 10 Quality Row
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday: Sirius Museum and Pier Store
NI Fitness and Health
Operating hours: Mon – Thu 5:30am – 6pm and Fri 5:30am – 5pm
Stay fit while on holidays with 7 days Gym Membership (includes 24 hour access and 1 x Complementary Group Exercise class) for $70. Choose from a range of classes in our fully equipped Fitness Centre. Contact Kay on 52809.
Night as a Convict Dinner
A fun night out for all ages! Dress as a convict & join in with the Commandant for an evening of gaiety, feasting, singing & dancing. (Outfit supplied)
Norfolk Today Tour
Duration: 3 hrs
Learn how Norfolk Islanders live in the 21st Century and the essential services that make life on a tiny South Pacific island possible, see what really makes Norfolk tick. We’ll share how we catch our fish; show you how we store our fuel and convert the diesel into power; explain what we do with our waste products, including some great recycling stories; demonstrate the role Norfolk plays in worldwide weather monitoring; show you our community radio station and share our favourite watering hole while we relate the island’s significant contributions to the ANZAC tradition. Not only will you go to installations and parts of the island that few tourists ever see, you will meet the locals who make sure all of these daily miracles and services keep happening. This is a real behind the scenes experience that answers so many of the questions that people go home wondering about.
Passions of Norfolk Tour
Duration: 3 hrs
For a tiny island with such a small population, Norfolk Island abounds in artistic talent that extends across a broad range of media. This tour allows you to sample some of the most outstanding examples in one exclusive tour. Your knowledgeable guide and the artists themselves will give you an insight into the inspiration, processes and experiences that have shaped their work. You’ll visit two amazing Island homes and meet the artists in their studios. See demonstrations, hear from the artists and admire, print-making, painting and more.
Pitcairn Settlers Village
Wednesday and Saturday 9:30am & 1:30pm
Learn about the colourful history of Norfolk Island’s most recent settlement – the Pitcairners and their descendants, on one of the last few remaining original settler’s properties. Experience the history & culture of the Pitcairn Settlers. View the magnificent homestead gardens, including many of the traditional crops. Ride in Norfolk’s first tour coach, a model A Ford. View a film, visit a blacksmith’s forge, the original homestead, a WWII Army hut and Museum of Memorabilia. Tour includes light refreshments.
Progressive Dinner with Baunti Escapes
Duration: 4 hrs
Enjoy the warm hospitality of island families and learn about their heritage, and life on Norfolk Island. This is a four course home-cooked dinner with fresh local produce. Learn some of the secrets and challenges of Norfolk cuisine and see a display of local cooking.
Progressive Dinner with Pinetree Tours
Monday and Wednesday 6pm
Enjoy a 3 course meal progressing to different Norfolk Island family homes. You will join a group of other Norfolk Island visitors and be taken to carefully selected island homes where you will hear Norfolk stories from your dinner hosts. The Progressive Dinner is a fun night and a great way to meet the local people.
Monday 9 am
An Aalehau Island Explorer signature tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Exploration. Adventure. Agony and Obsession – in every step. The most comprehensive tour of the iconic Kingston settlement with special emphasis on the human experience.
Sound and Light Show
Nightfall at Kingston brings a different mood to the Convict Settlement. The stillness and the stars are there just as they were before mankind arrived in 1788. However, with the dramatic use of real life sounds, theatrical lighting & costumed actors, the stillness is broken as Pinetree Tours takes you through the horrifying decades of Norfolk Island’s convict era.
Trial of the Fifteen
You are an eyewitness to a courtroom drama as 15 extraordinary characters step on stage to expose Norfolk’s colourful and at times turbulent past. This highly successful play has been running for over ten years. After the show enjoy a sherry with the actors.
Wonderland by Night
Mon, Wed & Sat 7:15pm
Set in 10 acres of magical Norfolk pines & bushland lit up like an enchanted forest. A Bounty Descendant recites poems and lights up the dioramas.
Xtian Brothers “Mootineers” Cheese Tour
Duration: 2 hrs
Xtian Brothers Cheese Company is a boutique dairy and Cheese producer started by two island brothers Glen and John Christian. This tour will take you through a local farm with beautiful ocean views, meet the milk cows, try the milking machine, see beehives and hear about producing the local honey. A quick visit to a local sawmill where you’ll see beautiful Norfolk pine timber, then travel to Bucks Point & sample the range of cheeses with tasty condiments & wine.