Travel Information

Travel Information

Accommodation
Norfolk Island has a wide range of accommodation, ranging from hotels, self-contained units and spacious apartments, luxury cottages or villas and holiday homes. Wherever you choose to stay you will have either an amazing ocean, valley or garden view. Norfolk Island accommodation ranges from 3 to 5 star and most include a hire car.

Banks
The currency is the Australian dollar. Commonwealth and Westpac Bank branches are located in town. Major credit cards are accepted. There is one ATM available at the Commonwealth Bank.

Climate
Climate is subtropical with temperatures ranging from 19-28° in Summer and 12-21° in Winter. The water temperature ranges from 19-22° seasonally.

Clothing
Clothing is comfortable and casual all year round. Warmer clothes are recommended for evenings and during the winter months. Remember your hat and sunscreen in the warmer months and a torch for evening walks.

Communications
A local mobile phone service is available when you purchase a local sim card. Global roaming is available for some of the larger phone carriers. Internet Wi-Fi cards are available for purchase for use at hot spot areas around the island. There are 2 small internet cafes located in the Burnt Pine main centre. The local paper is published every Saturday, Radio Norfolk (89.9fm) can be heard daily, & the island receives Australian digital TV channels.

Customs/Entry Requirements
As from 1 July 2016, there are changes to travel requirements for passengers travelling from Australia. Passports are no longer required however they are the preferred means of documentation. Any-one travelling between Norfolk Island and Australia will be required to identify themselves.  READ MORE
(There are no changes for passengers travelling from Auckland)

Flights
Air New Zealand operate from Sydney every Friday and Monday, Brisbane every Saturday and Tuesday. (Schedules are subject to change)
Please be advised that as of 13 January 2018, unfortunately the direct flight service from Auckland to Norfolk Island will cease to operate. To travel from New Zealand to Norfolk Island, passengers will need to travel via Sydney or Brisbane then onto Norfolk Island. We hope this direct service will commence again in the future.

Getting around
A hire car is required to get around, or you can hire pushbikes. Ask at the Visitor Information Centre about the local taxi and Uber services. Livestock roam freely on the roads and have the right of way. General speed limit is 50km/hr, reduced to 40km/hr in the town centre. All drivers acknowledge passing vehicles, this is called the "Norfolk wave" and visitors are encouraged to do!

Language
The main language is English, but you will often hear the Islanders speaking the local language which is a mix of Tahitian and Old English, inherited from the Bounty descendants.
Watawieh? How are you?
Thaenks f ucklun - Thanks for us
Si yorlyi morla - See you tomorrow

Markets
The Farmers markets are on every Saturday morning from 7.30am - 10.30am.
The Island Arts and Craft markets are on every Sunday morning from 8.30am - 11.00am.
Both markets are located in the Bicentennial Complex near the Visitors Information Centre.

Medical
Australian Medicare applies to the island. Visitors who do not have a medicare card are highly advised to have private travel insurance.

Postage
As from 1 July 2016 Australia Post will be providing services on Norfolk Island. The new location is P&R Groceries on the corner of Taylor's road and Ferny Lane.

Quarantine
From 1 July 2016 The Biosecurity Act 2015 will apply to movements onto Norfolk Island and biosecurity import conditions will apply to all goods arriving onto Norfolk Island. Vegetables, fruits, plants and seeds are prohibited imports to keep the island free of introduced disease. Pork and poultry importation from New Zealand is strictly prohibited. You must declare certain food, plant material (including wooden articles) and animal products on your incoming passenger card. Ask a Biosecurity officer on arrival if unsure. or EMAIL

Shopping
The shopping centre is located in Burnt Pine on Taylor's Road, offering G.S.T and Duty free products. Some shops stock imported goods that may not be readily available in Australia or New Zealand. You can also purchase locally created souvenir items. As well as cafes, the shops are all within an easy stroll of each other. Normal shopping hours are 9 am - 5 pm. Most shops close all day Sundays, and on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons. Supermarkets are open 7 days a week.

Special Needs
Some accommodation places provide rooms with facilities for less-mobile holidaymakers. There are also tourist attractions and activities which are user-friendly. Contact the Visitors Information Centre for further information.

Visitors Information Centre
Located in the Bicentennial Complex, Taylors Road, the Centre is open 7 days a week from 8.30am. Call in and see the friendly staff who can arrange all your holiday requirements.

The  A - Z GUIDE  has been compiled to help you to understand and enjoy the island, just as the locals understand and enjoy Norfolk.

Ph. 22147, (AUST) 1800 214 603 or (NZ) 0800 667 365  or EMAIL This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.