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April 20th, 2011, 10:03 PM
On our next cruse our first Port of Call is Norfolk Island, if we make it ashore!! What is there to do at Norfolk Island?
I thinking of maybe doing the horse riding tour that P&O offer in the afternoon?
Is there any good Snorkelling spots?
For those who have been there either on land trips or who had made it ashore on a cruise, what do you recommend doing there??
April 21st, 2011, 07:21 AM
Oh you lucky thing !
We love Norfolk Island and have been there 4 times, although not from a ship.
Snorkelling is around Emily Bay and is just beautiful. Basically just enjoy the scenery. Try and get up to the top of the mountain (cant recall the name at the moment) Great views and lots of lovely bush walks from there or pass through there.
The cemetary is extremely interesting and beautiful in it's own way.
If you play golf the golf course is in a magnificent spot.
If you are lucky enough that Government house is open on the day you are there, go through it. Beautiful.
Whatever you do don't forget your camera !
The shopping used to be reasonably good ( I am talking 10 years or more ago) Last time we were there in 2009 I can't say it was too thrilling.
I am very jealous....:)
April 21st, 2011, 11:11 PM
I posted a reply on the P&O board, but I'll put here also as it is the most appropriate area; :D
We were in NI last Feb for a week.
Your ship will anchor at either Kingston or Cascade, depending on the weather. You will then need to tender to shore
The main attractions on NI are the fabulous scenery and the island's history and culture.
There is no public transport on NI, only one roundabout, and one street light. To get around you will need to hire a car or take an organised tour. There is no public transport, although the ship may engage a shuttle to take you up the couple of Klms to the "CBD"
Should not be a problem hiring a car, there are several companies on NI and I am sure they will be able to arrange delivery to the pier. They are pretty laid back with arrangements - they told me that when I had finished with the car just leave it at the airport with the keys on the floor! (Google NI Hire cars for names - they will be familiar to a Kiwi). You will also see a lot of familiar vehicles there, as they are imported from NZ, and are the usual "oddball" Japanese small sedans (Hondas, Mazdas and Toyotas). This is the only way you will get to get to do snorkelling - and there are a number of outstanding places on the island for this recreation.
If you want to do a tour, there a 3 companies that provide a half day familiarisation tour where you get to see the highlight places. We did this and then explored by ourselves for the rest of our time there.
NI is a really nice place and the people there know and understand how important tourism is to their economy. We were fortunate that the supply ship arrived when we were there - it is almost like a fiesta day when many of the locals (and visitors) go down to the bay to watch the unloading - everything from food to cars has to be lifted onto a lighter, which is then towed back to the pier where a mobile crane lifts the goods ashore. Very fascinating.
Enjoy Norfolk...it would be terrific to visit there by cruise ship
June 25th, 2011, 09:02 AM
Thank you Pretending & Flipper133 for your replys :)
That information was very useful, Thank you!