3 great things to do on Nor­folk Is­land

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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

Apart­ments. http://ken­ti­a­hol­i­day.com

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.

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