3 great things to do on Norfolk Island
Check out the history
Norfolk Island is a history buff’s haven. It has a World Heritage site at Kingston (one of Britain’s early penal colonies), a well-preserved collection of Georgian architecture with a grim past, and several museums, all within easy walking distance of each other.
Eat off-island treats…
Coconuts aren’t grown on Norfolk Island, but they feature large in the islander’s heritage and the local cuisine. I found the most delicious coconut bread at Joel’s Café in The Village where the friendly staff whipped up an amazing soy-milk flat-white while simultaneously obliging me by phoning the local coffee grower (www.ansoncoffee.com) to check out his supplies.
… and on-island food
You can head to The Olive Café in the Village for a mouth-watering breakfast (omelettes to die for or fruity French toast that will keep you going all day).
Norfolk Blue restaurant specialises in its farm’s own breed of Norfolk Blue beef, but I couldn’t go past the seafood ravioli with island basil and roasted cherry tomatoes.
Hilli Restaurant (www.hillirestaurant. com), with a deceptively casual ambience, offers smart service and a good wine list – the local kingfish was my pick.
If you’re an eater and a reader, The Golden Orb Bookshop and Café is the place to go for a bite to eat and a squiz at some fascinating local publications. I picked up the cutest kid’s picture book written in both Norfolk and English, and illustrated by the local school kids, to boot!
Diana travelled courtesy of Air New Zealand
which runs weekly flights to Norfolk Island, and was a guest of Kentia Holiday
The island’s history is on display at the Kingston area World Heritage site. Emily Ryves serves her guests farm fresh goat cheese.
Banana pili, a traditional sweet. The island brims over with the freshest fruit and vegetables. Norfolk Island pottery on display at The Hilli Goat Farm.
The James Cook monument.