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Norfolk Island Polynesian Fusion Festival 2021

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The overseas trip you can actually still take
Norfolk Island holidays
Photo Norfolk Island Travel Centre


Many of us have been bemoaning the fact we can't travel overseas. We miss the immersion in a different culture, hearing a foreign language, eating international dishes and getting on a plane and just going. Well, here is one place you are allowed to go to and where you can enjoy all those experiences.

Norfolk Island holidays
Norfolk Island


Norfolk Island is a Pacific Island and closer to New Caledonia and New Zealand than to Mainland Australia. While English is the spoken language Norf'k (also known as Norfuk) is the unique local language that fuses a type of 18th-century English and Tahitian.

Norfolk Island holidays
Norfolk Island Travel Centre


But Norfolk is also an Australian territory so when Norfolk Island reopens its borders on July 10, 2020, you can go there and that means flying overseas! Or at least flying over the sea. It's about a 2.5-hour flight from either Sydney or Brisbane.

Norfolk Island holidays
Norfolk Island Travel Centre


Norfolk Island is an absolutely stunning destination and if you think these images are just advertising... No, this is how beautiful it gets.

It is a historic location as well as being stunning.

Early comers to Norfolk Island were Polynesians and evidence of their civilisation continues to be found including adzes (a type of axe), hooks and jewellery. These intrepid travellers came by canoe as part of the great Polynesian voyages which also took them to Fiji and West Polynesia, including Tonga and Samoa. Amazingly they navigated by the stars.

Later Norfolk Island was a penal settlement so there's lots of great convict history here as well especially in the cluster of preserved historic buildings. Afterwards, Queen Victoria gave Norfolk Island to the descendants of the Bounty mutineers and their Tahitian wives who were running out of room on Pitcairn Island.

Not only has Polynesian culture played an important role in Norfolk Island's history but Tahitian culture is still evident today in the music, food, arts and language of the Pitcairn Islander descendants. And Norfolk's inhabitants continue to keep alive the romantic story of the intrepid Polynesian voyagers who bravely sought new lands in their ocean-going canoes.

In January 2021, Norfolk Island will host a Polynesian Fusion Festival to share their wonderful cultural heritage with you. It runs from the 23-30 of January.

The week-long packages to Norfolk Island start from $1229. These include flights from Sydney or Brisbane, meet and greet at the airport, accommodation transfers and 7 nights twin share accommodation and even your car hire for the entire time.

Norfolk Island Travel Centre
Norfolk Island Travel Centre


When I went to Norfolk Island in 2019, the return airfare alone was around $900 so this holiday, which includes accommodation and a rental car, is incredible value.

Enjoy Polynesian music, food and culture on a beautiful island holiday.

Lots of important entertainers have been booked to entertain you for the event including Gee'd Up, Annie Crummer and Pacific Elvis.

There is also a fun and engaging programme celebrating Polynesian fusion including:

Concerts encompassing performers from Norfolk Island, Pacific Islands & Aotearoa

Gospel at the stunning St Barnabas with its rich history and
William Morris designed stained glass windows.

Taste of Pacific Fusion Food - Hangi, Fish Fry (being an Island they have the great fish), Tahitian, Vanuatuan, and Fijian dishes to name a few!

Movies from Aotearoa & the Pacific

Grazing Table Fashion Fusion at the South Pacific Resort

Workshops Traditional carving, weaving, language, cooking, ethnobotany (the traditional use of plants), lei making, poi and haka sessions (including a session for school-age children)and Tahitian and Fijian Hula (including a session for school-age children), Tahitian & Fijian Hula.* Polynesian Pathways Tour

Some sessions will be koha (complimentary) others paid

You will find the locals really getting behind this event. Polynesian Fusion Norfolk Island is a not for profit group of volunteers. A number are descendants from the famous Bounty mutineers. Some are Australians or New Zealanders who have made Norfolk Island their home because of the relaxed vibe and perfect temperatures - the sub-tropical climate is tempered by sea breezes, so it never gets too hot and rarely cold enough for a light jumper.

Lots of creatives have made Norfolk home over the years such as novelist Colleen McCullough (you can take tours of her eccentric home) and singer Helen Reddy.

Driving around the small island you won't even use a tank of petrol but will find many scenic nooks and crannies where you can be totally alone with nature. Note cows have free run of the Island and you can buy local produce on the side of the road, all of which is a really charming thing to do. There are some wonderful tours with locals. And because the bulk of the food is grown on this sub-tropical island the produce used in the restaurants is top-notch.

Norfolk Island holidays
Norfolk Island Travel Centre



Norfolk Island Travel Centre
Setting sun through Norfolk Pines -Norfolk Island Travel Centre


If you would like more information or to book, see the information below.

Free Call : 1800 1400 66 (AUS) / 0800 0088 10 (NZ) Phone : (international) 6723 22502
Email : helen@travelcentre.nf Address
www.facebook.com/norfolkislandtravelcentre

Norfolk Island holidays
Norfolk Island Travel Centre

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Why? To go overseas and because this island paradise is stunning
When: Anytime from July 10
Phone: Free Call : 1800 1400 66 (AUS) / 0800 0088 10 (NZ) Phone : (international) 6723 22502 Email : helen@travelcentre.nf
Where: Norfolk Island
Cost: Various
Your Comment
Nadine I haven't been to Norfolk Island. This looks like the perfect way to see it.
by May Cross (score: 3|6978) 43 days ago
Nice...
by May Cross (score: 3|6978) 43 days ago
Beautiful photos! I hope I can go there some time.
by Jennifer Muirhead (score: 3|1190) 39 days ago
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