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22 November 2017
Contributed by Jon from Outdoor Empire.


Fishing During Your Norfolk Holiday: Good for Your Mind and Body

Visitors to Norfolk Island are often overwhelmed by the sheer number of things to do while they are here. You can enjoy a morning of birdwatching, peruse one of our local museums, eat at some of the finest restaurants in the world or simply spend the day swimming in our gorgeous blue waters.

But while these activities are certainly fun ways to spend your day, you want to make sure you do something healthy while you are here too. And while most people find it surprising, fishing is actually one of the healthier ways to spend a day during your vacation. Not only will you have the chance to catch wahoo, snapper, kingfish and grouper in Norfolk’s pristine and productive waters, you’ll give your body and mind a bit of a boost while doing so.

Some of the most noteworthy health benefits of fishing include:

1. Fishing helps boost your immune system.

Exposing your skin to natural, unfiltered sunlight helps to keep your immune system operating at peak efficiency. This will help you fight off germs more quickly, and spend less time battling illnesses. Just be sure that you use a good sun screen to protect yourself from some of the sun’s harmful rays while doing so.

2. Fishing gives your lungs a break.

Respiratory illnesses are becoming increasingly common, thanks to the polluted air that surrounds our cities and suburbs. Fortunately, you can give your lungs a break by going fishing in Norfolk’s surrounding waters, where fresh air abounds. This will help your lungs feel better and allow them to a chance to heal a bit.

3. Fish is a nutritious protein source.

While you certainly want to be selective about the fish you keep, and most anglers embrace a catch-and-release policy, there is nothing wrong with harvesting the occasional fish or two. Fish is a lean, healthy protein source which makes an excellent component of any diet, and some fish species, including the yellowtail and wahoo, which are common in Norfolk’s local waters, are rich in omega-3 fatty acids.

4. Fishing helps reduce your blood pressure.

High blood pressure is one of the most troubling health concerns in the modern world, and, without proper treatment, it can lead to heart attacks, strokes and other problems. Most people suffering from high blood pressure will likely need medications to help lower the pressure on their blood vessels, but fishing can help reduce it even further. Spending time in places surrounded by beautiful, natural scenery can help reduce your blood pressure immediately, and it will actually keep your blood pressure lower for several hours after you stop fishing.

5. Fishing helps you to heal more quickly.

Scientists have long known that views of the natural world help hospital patients to heal more quickly. The same thing is true of those who go fishing in places surrounded by natural habitats. So, whether you are trying to recover from a long night of celebrating at one of our many local restaurants, or you have a case of the sniffles, you may want to make some time to go fishing and speed up the healing process.

If you’d like to learn a few more ways that fishing can help keep you healthy and happy, check out Outdoor Empire’s comprehensive review of the subject. There, you’ll not only learn more about the ways fishing helps to support your health, but you’ll also learn a few strategies for maximizing the benefits provided.

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August 2017


The Taste Norfolk Island Food Festival will be served up again at the popular holiday destination in 2017 with appetites at the ready for the fourth hosting of this fun event on the culinary calendar. Taste Norfolk Island is on from 27 November to 1 December again showcasing the best of talented local chefs, cooks, eateries, artisans and primary producers in a host of stunning settings.

 Norfolk Island has grown to be a food-lover's destination with fresh fish, succulent beef and pork, fruit and vegetables picked daily, boutique products including artisan cheese, honey, handmade chocolates and a winery plus more on the island’s doorstep to offer a true paddock to plate experience.

The local community, which brings forth generations of passion and resourcefulness, will present menus representing an amazing blend of cultures and pass on some of their tips and secrets on the creation of the many and varied dishes to be enjoyed throughout the
week-long event.

Festival guests will also sit down to a spectacular Thanksgiving Day Feast celebrating the tradition passed down over generations by the island’s Pitcairn and American Whaler ancestors.

Burnt Pine Travel is offering a Taste Norfolk Island Food Festival package featuring a bonus two additional Festival options and a VIP gift bag offering locally produced presents and souvenirs.
The 7-night package is priced per person twin share from $1845 ex-Sydney and $1810
ex-Brisbane and includes:

Twin share accommodation
Return economy airfare with Air New Zealand including taxes
Return airport transfers on island.
Car hire throughout stay including insurance
Welcome cocktail evening
Taste Norfolk’s Bounty Festival night
Thanksgiving Day lunch
Sunset Cinema and Little Eat Street
VIP gift bag
Choice of two of the following complimentary Festival options
-          Norfolk Blue & 100 acre farm walking tour
-          Blue Kingfisher cooking with fresh fish and produce
-          Seriously Chocolate fun chocolate-making class
-          Norfolk Blue gourmet sausage-making class
-          Pods Pickle Factor tour of island home and tasting of local delicacies
-          Culinary Journey cooking in a traditional underground oven
-          The Barn tour of market and kitchen gardens with food tasting
For bookings, contact Burnt Pine Travel on Toll Free 1800 501 128 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

table of food


23 February 2017


Stunning Emily Bay on Norfolk Island has been named one of the Top 10 Beaches – Australia in TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards for 2017.
Emily Bay has been selected following TripAdvisor’s analysis of the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings across beaches worldwide collected over a 12-month period as well as booking interest on TripAdvisor.

Announcing the award winners, TripAdvisor advised Emily Bay is “a beautiful area popular for swimmers” with “best time to go: year round”.

TripAdvisor spokesperson Joanne Kershaw said “Aussies love the beach so for those planning their next sandy getaway, TripAdvisor has identified from millions of traveller reviews, the best beaches throughout the world as well as those right here in our back yard.”
Less than 3 hours flying time from Sydney or Brisbane, a short-break or extended holiday beckon on Norfolk Island. Norfolk Island is long-regarded as a wonderful place to visit with family and friends or escape with a loved one.

Emily Bay is a crescent of golden sand backed by beach grass and pines. Set in the world-heritage listed area of Kingston, this sheltered reef lagoon is home to a variety of fish and hard and soft coral. The water is clean and crystal clear and, most importantly, safe for swimming and perfect for snorkelling.

Norfolk Island also offers fabulous culinary experiences and countless other activities including fishing, kayaking, surfing, cycling and bushwalking. There are glass bottom boat tours and ocean trips to Phillip Island, and attractions including Fletcher’s Mutiny Cyclorama. Kingston and Arthurs Vale Historic Area are the oldest of the eleven Australian penal colonies.
Australian television personality, Ray Martin, was named this year as Ambassador for Norfolk Island.

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16 February 2017


Norfolk Island Airlines are pleased to announce that the Australian Air Services Commission have now published their interim determination allocating to Norfolk Island Airline unlimited capacity to operate scheduled passenger services between Australia and New Zealand.

The commissions determination reaffirms Norfolk Island Airlines ability to provide the service makes comment on the next part of the regulatory process. The full determination is available online at

We are now able to start getting out into the market with the news that we are going to fly and that we have full confidence that with the right marketing and partnerships the services will provide significant additional business to Norfolk Island. We are currently busy working on the website, reservation systems, fares, freight operations, and booking procedures all of which will be sorted out in the next few weeks.

We can now confirm that our weekly services will commence on the Saturday the 27th May with the following schedule (local times);
BNE 08:00am NLK 10:15am
NLK 11:15am AKL 15:05pm
AKL 16:05pm NLK 15:55pm
NLK 16:55pm BNE 19:10pm

Norfolk Island Airlines will be chartering its Boeing 737-300 aircraft from Nauru Airlines which coincidentally are the aircraft which were previously operated by Air New Zealand.
Nauru Airlines very experienced in flying operations to Norfolk Island, the airline currently has a fleet of 4 Boeing 737-300 passenger aircraft and 1 Boeing737-300 freighter aircraft.
Norfolk Island Airlines will operate a three-class cabin with normal economy, premium economy and business class. Norfolk Island Airlines passengers traveling in business class and premium economy will have access to airport lounges in Brisbane, Auckland and Norfolk Island.
Norfolk Island Airlines would like to express its appreciation for the support it has received from the broader Island community and industry. We would particularly like to thank the Accommodation and Tourism Association and the Norfolk Island Chamber of Commerce for their continued support.
We would also like to acknowledge and thank the Norfolk Island Regional Council members for their support and the letter to the Minister regarding the airport regulation requirements as well thank the General Manager for providing time to meet and discuss operational matters.
We look forward to keeping everyone up to date with the progress over the next few weeks as we build up to start taking bookings.
Any enquiries can be made to Glen Buffett, General Manager on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

0 December 2016


Australia has a new top island in the spotlight, with Norfolk Island named Australia’s top emerging destination for 2017.  An analysis of millions of flight searches over the past three years made on “Skyscanner Australia” found the tiny Pacific island recorded the biggest growth (16 per cent) of all Aussie destinations. 

This very exciting announcement was published in the Australia Fairfax media newspapers “Escape” section last Thursday 8 December.
The on line article features the new destination video clip with Ambassador for Norfolk Island, well known Australian TV personality Ray Martin.  

Ray is the face of the new destination campaign that commenced on 31 October which promotes Norfolk Island as a ‘must see’ destination, and will continue to roll out over the next 6 months.
This is great news for the island’s tourism industry and the community as a whole. We look forward to working together for an even happier and busier 2017.
 We are certainly on track to making Norfolk Island  - the Best Small island in the World.
 Here’s the link to complete article:

Kingston aerial view