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
1856 The Untold Story
Tuesday 7pm Price: $55pp
On 8 June 1856 a total of 194 people, descendants from the Bounty, arrived on Norfolk Island from Pitcairn Island aboard the Morayshire. This consisted of 40 men, 47 women, 54 boys, and 53 girls. They arrived in cold, wet blustery conditions. Few had ever been to sea before, They were seasick, homesick, and heartsick. The journey of 6,000 km / 3,700 miles took five weeks. They arrived to a recently abandoned penal settlement set aside for the ‘worst of the worst’, it was full of ghosts and memories. It was a large and frightening testimony of man’s inhumanity to man. The 1856 untold story will follow their journey in the World Heritage Listed Kingston area. Baunti Escapes will bring the past to life with an audio aboard their coach, recounting stories of the families, where they lived and how they adapted to their new life on Norfolk Island. This 1 hour tour is very evocative.
Banyan Tree Island BBQ
Saturday 4:30pm Price: $55pp (self drive)
Relax under the canopy of our beautiful old Banyan Tree and enjoy a great casual dining experience. Ambient lighting accentuates the fascinating aerial roots of this enormous tree whilst you enjoy a delicious island-style barbeque. Polynesian-style chicken, aged island steaks and Tahitian Fish (a Norfolk specialty!) are all served with local salads, desserts and tea and coffee. Add $15pp for transfers.
Behind the Hedges
Thursday 8:30am Price: $55pp
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.
Breakfast Bushwalk (Baunti Escapes)
Thursday 7:30am Price: $55pp
Your walk will take you through diverse habitats from rain forest to clifftops, between enormous pines and white-woods and surrounded by seabirds. While the topography is hilly, the pace is relaxed and our guides cater to a range of fitness levels. Your efforts are also richly rewarded by a delicious barbeque breakfast with all the trimmings which awaits. Learn about our flora and fauna and see some of our 40 endemic species of plants and birds. For those that just want to join us for breakfast come along! We will relax and meet up with the others for breakfast.
Breakfast Bushwalk (Pinetree Tours)
Wednesday and Saturday 7am Price: $55pp
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 (Pinetree Tours)
Wednesday and Saturday 8:15am Price: $55pp
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
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 9:30am Price: $57pp
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
Wednesday 6pm Price: $90pp
This factual yet fun dinner theatre is Norfolk Island’s newest interactive show and a great way to learn about Norfolk’s history. The cast of actors will take you on an entertaining journey back in time. Explore their great challenges, impressive successes and shameful secrets. Our venue has created a special three course dinner menu of traditional English fare to compliment the theatrical setting. Hearty, wholesome, British tucker fit for a Commandant and his good lady wife. A night of great entertainment, delectable food and loads of fun.
Convict Kingston Tour
Wednesday 1pm Price: $49pp
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 Price: $51pp
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.
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
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 1pm Price: $57pp
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, 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.
Gardeners Delight Tour
Friday 9am Price: $57pp
Visit the gardens of Bounty Mutineer Descendants. This personalized tour will take you on a journey behind the scenes to experience a market garden complete with a flower garden and an orchard. A secluded old Island home surrounded by the most amazing gardens, these gardens are irrigated by a hand dug well which was dug in the convict era. The next stop is the labour of love garden which is inspirational. You will also visit the picturesque gardens with amazing views. Morning tea will be served at scenic location. These four amazing gardens are exclusive to Baunti Escapes.
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 Price: $60pp
Your local guides will share their knowledge of Norfolk’s unique marine life. After ‘walking 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. Full interesting commentary on this environmental tour and be prepared for a touch of Norfolk humour (add $11 if transfer required).
Green Fingers Tour
Friday 8:30am Price: $55pp
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 Price: $55pp
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
Saturday 4:30pm Price: $85pp Includes transfers
You will have an eagle-eyed view of the tiny crescent-shaped beach and the magnificent spread of ocean stretching to the far horizon. The beautifully set tables will delight you – it’s the most glamorous picnic you will ever attend! Scrumptiously fresh, local fish is prepared the local way and accompanied with a range of seasonal island dishes including those passed down from our Polynesian fore-mothers. Our feast kicks off with entertainment, by a local singer and Tahitian-style dancers. The venue is subject to change if the weather becomes inclement.
Island Fish Fry
Tue and Thu 5pm Price: $70pp*
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.
Mootineers Cheese, Honey, Salt and Sawmill Tour
Duration: 2 hrs Price: $65pp
Mootineer Cheeses is a boutique cheesery founded by 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.
Murder Mystery Dinner
Wednesday & Sunday 6:15pm Price: $90pp
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 Price: $35pp
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.
Museums included: 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)
Pitcairn Settlers Village
Wednesday and Saturday 9:30am & 1:30pm Price: $45pp
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
Thursday 5pm Price: $88pp
The 4 Course Progressive Dinner is legendary. The perfect way to get a taste of the real Norfolk lifestyle, Baunti’s progressive dinner, takes you to three lovely homes in three completely different parts of the island. All you must do is relax and enjoy the home-cooked food, bursting with the goodness of fresh island produce, chat with your fellow diners and soak up the stories of your island hosts as they share their passion for their little island paradise.
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
Saturday 7:15pm Price: $58pp
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.
Taste of Norfolk
Thursday 1pm Price: $65pp
Taste of Norfolk will take you to a beekeeper’s home where you will view flow hives and learn about the fascinating local honeybees and view their incredible flight path to their hives. Next stop will be the local butchers where you can find out all the answers about our local meat industry and see firsthand the art of sausage making. Last visit will be a cooking demonstration and you will see a traditional yorlor stone which came from Pitcairn Island on the Morayshire in 1856, you can have a yorlor on the stone to create green banana fritters flavoured with local honey. You will meet 3 passionate locals, enjoy!
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
Monday, Wednesday & Saturday 7:15pm Price: $51pp
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.