Norfolk Island Thanksgiving

Duration

8 Days

Departs

Monday 28 November, 2022

From

$4150

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This Tour Includes

Return Economy Airfares

Quality Accommodation

19 Meals

Sightseeing and Entry Fees

Christian Tour Leader

Luggage Assistance

Daily Devotions

Tour Summary

Described in 1774 by Captain Cook as “Paradise on Earth”, Norfolk Island is blessed with breathtaking scenery and a fascinating history. Visited by American whalers in the 1800s the local people absorbed their custom of Thanksgiving and continue to observe this holiday, making them one of the only places outside North America to do so. Join the locals as they celebrate a traditional Thanksgiving with a joyous Church Service, an auction of local produce to support the church, and a Community Feast!

Come with CFT as we explore this beautiful South Pacific Island, connect with local Christians, learn about the unique culture of the Norfolk Islanders and join in their celebrations.

Find out why the locals believe it’s “Da Bass Side Orn Earth” (the best place on Earth) as you relax, reflect & connect.

Blessings

The CFT Team

Your Travel Itinerary

Day 1
Monday 28 November 2022

Sydney | Norfolk Island | Progressive Dinner

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Wataweih (“Hello” in Norf’k dialect). Norfolk Island, a friendly piece of paradise, is just over two hours flying time from Sydney. On arrival we will be transferred to the Paradise Hotel & Resort, our home for the next 7 nights. The Paradise Resort offers 11 acres of lush sub-tropical gardens so settle in, relax and soak up the beauty.

Whilst Norfolk was once a convict settlement, today 20% of the population are descendants of the Bounty mutineers who still speak a mix of Tahitian and 18th century English. As well as hearing some different words you will soon notice that waving to every person you pass is mandatory, cows have right of way, and everyone seems to know everyone else. With so many people sharing only a handful of surnames, Norfolk Island is the only place in the world where the telephone book lists people under their nicknames, such as Diddles, Pinky and Spud!

Tonight, we can get to know one another as we experience local hospitality with a three-course meal progressing to different Norfolk Island family homes. Always a fun night, the progressive dinner is a great way to meet the local people, and sample some of the island dishes.

Day 2
Tuesday 29 November 2022

Time at Leisure | Island Tour

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A leisurely morning to relax into true “holiday mode” After lunch we will explore the beauty and history of Norfolk on an Island Discovery Tour which will include historic Kingston, Cascade, Longridge, Mt Pitt and much more.

Along the way we will see beautiful beaches, famous Convict Buildings and the lovely St Barnabas (the renowned Melanesian Chapel) and learn about Island culture as our guide explains the unique laws & lifestyle.

Enjoy a delicious afternoon tea in the garden of an historic island home built by Fletcher Quintal, a descendant of “bounty” mutineer Fletcher Christian & Matthew Quintal.

Tonight we will be joined for dinner by the local Minister and BCA Chaplain, Laurie Carleton.

OPOTIONAL TOUR COLLEEN MCCULLOGH’S HOME

Colleen McCullough, world-renowned author of 24 books called Norfolk Island home for almost 36 years.

She and husband, Norfolk Islander, Ric Robinson, created a luxurious hideaway and maintained their privacy to ensure that Colleen had the perfect environment for her writing. Some of her most powerful titles were created in this much-loved sanctuary.

Be escorted through her magnificent home and view Ric and Colleen’s priceless collection of artefacts gathered on their travels all over the world.

This is a glimpse into the life of a modern day literary icon. If you have read her amazing books, you will love the experience of sharing the world of Colleen McCullough, author of “Tim”, “The Thornbirds” and “Morgan’s Run”.

Adults | $60.00 Must be pre-booked

Day 3
Wednesday 30 November 2022

Thanksgiving Service & Celebration | Wonderland By Night

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Thanksgiving is something we associate with the Pilgrim Fathers yet due to the American whaling ships that made frequent stops throughout the 1800s, Norfolk Island is one of the few places outside of America to celebrate Thanksgiving Day.

How lucky are we to be able to join in this special time of worship? All Saint’s Church is decorated with tall stalks of corn and fresh fruit and vegetables, and after the service, all the bounty is loaded onto tables and sold as a church fundraiser.
Connect with locals over a traditional Thanksgiving lunch; you’ll find American style recipes like pumpkin pie and cornbread amongst the dishes, alongside dishes with a distinct island twist, like green bananas in cream or coconut pie.

Tonight, we will experience Wonderland by Night, 10 acres of magical Norfolk pines & bushland lit up like an enchanted forest. Meander along (or ride in the ‘moon buggy’) a gentle winding path with a descendant of the Bounty mutineers, as he recites his entertaining bush poetry and lights up the various dioramas. Afterwards enjoy a light supper before returning to our accommodation after a wonderful experience!

Day 4
Thursday 1 December 2022

Yesterday, Today Tour | Island Fish Fry

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Our local guide transports us back in time in an air-conditioned bus which has full audio/visual equipment, to show you what it was like to live here, in Norfolk’s early years. Learn about a wide variety of subjects as we travel to different sites around the island such as the Melanesian Mission College, Whaling industry, Early ship unloading and ship building, Airport during the Second World War etc.

We are in for a treat tonight when we experience a favourite local tradition for dinner – the Island Fish Fry. Savour a feast of Island dishes, homemade bread and fresh fried fish, followed by Island desserts and tea/coffee. Sit back and relax as we watch the sunset from a private property on Norfolk’s beautiful western coastline.

Day 5
Friday 2 December 2022

Fletcher's Mutiny Cyclorama | Curious Castaways

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A relaxed morning before we visit the incredible Fletcher’s Mutiny Cyclorama, an amazing 360° panoramic painting that uniquely explains the history of the Bounty adventures and how the world’s most famous mutiny created the Pitcairn and Norfolk Island communities. Norfolk Island’s culture is a curious tale of English Pirates, and Polynesian Princesses; a quirky melding of two very different cultures fashioned a new and very unique way of life.

After a late Morning Tea, our afternoon tour includes the Islands fascinating early Pitcairner history, Norf’k language, weaving and wetls – a traditional food tasting!

This is sure to be a memorable day!

Day 6
Saturday 3 December 2022

Time at Leisure | Glass Bottom Boat

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Relax with a morning at leisure – wander the shops, sit by the pool or enjoy a walk.

Lunch today comes with a “side helping” of fish – one of the highlights of Norfolk Island is the unique marine life and our local guide is keen to share his knowledge as we join him on his Glass Bottom Boat.

Once you’ve ‘walked the plank’ with this ‘mutineer descendant’ it take sixty seconds (yes one minute!) to arrive at the reef where you can view beautiful coral gardens & tropical fish inside the calm crystal waters of Norfolk’s lagoon.
Donald will provide full & interesting commentary on this environmental tour – be prepared for a touch of Norfolk humour.

Day 7
Sunday 4 December 2022

Worship or Markets | Convict Settlement | Evening Prayer and Singalong

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After breakfast we have arranged a transfer to the Church Service or, alternatively, you may wish to visit the local markets, which are a 15-minute walk from our accommodation. These markets (From 8.30am to 11.00am) offer lots of stalls with local art and crafts, souvenirs, produce, cooking, local coffee, live entertainment and much more!

After lunch we take a step back in time on an in-depth tour of the historic Georgian settlement of Kingston. This World Heritage listed convict site dates from the brutal second penal colony that began in 1825 and it is where the “worst description of convicts” were banished.

Walk through the cemetery and discover the interesting history of the convict & colonial headstones. Hear tales of the houses along Quality Row, walk through the ruins of the New Gaol, see the Pier Store, Boat Shed & the Crank Mill. Learn how Cook’s “paradise on Earth” soon became known as “The Hell of the Pacific.”

This afternoon we have a wonderful opportunity to connect with local Christians and the BCA Minister, Laurie Carleton, during Evening Prayers and Singalong at the historic St Barnabas Chapel. The mother church of the Church of England’s missionary work in Melanesia, the Chapel was built as a memorial to Bishop Patterson (killed by natives in the Solomon Islands in 1871) and the large silver cross within is made out of Bishop Patterson’s own table-silver. The Pitcairn Islander’s – descendants of Bounty mutineers and Tahitian women – who came to Norfolk in 1856 were brought up with strong faith through John Adams learning to read the HMS Bounty Bible. Today, St Barnabas still uses Adam’s most famous prayer in their services.

We end our delightful Sunday with a final group dinner, where we can reflect on our time spent together.

Day 8
Monday 5 December 2022

Norfolk Island | Sydney | Home

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On this, our last morning, we reflect on a wonderful time spent on Norfolk Island and give thanks for our time together, with new friendships made and experiences shared.

After a late Morning Tea it is time to say goodbye to Island life as we return home feeling blessed after a wonderful holiday full of fun, faith and fellowship

All Inclusive Fares

Norfolk Island Thanksgiving Pricing

Departs from: Description Twin PP Single
Sydney Monday 28 November 2022 $4150 $4800
Melbourne Sunday 27 November 2022 $4550 $5250
Brisbane Sunday 27 November 2022 $4550 $5250

Tour Code:

NOR22112CFT

Departs:

Monday 28 November, 2022

Returns:

Monday 5 December, 2022

Departing:

SYDNEY | MELBOURNE | BRISBANE

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Norfolk Island Thanksgiving
Monday 28 November, 2022
8 Days