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Norfolk Island is a dot in the ocean between Australia and NZ. Rock columns above the beach tell of the volcanic past of this island.

Two British attempts at establishing the island as a penal colony (1788-1814 and 1825-55) were ultimately abandoned. The worst of the convicts were sent here. In 1856, the island was resettled by Pitcairn Islanders, descendants of the Bounty mutineers and their Tahitian companions.

This history permeates the island and you come away knowing most of it.

It is quaint, pretty, dramatic, friendly and full of surprises.

Easiest way to see the island (all 35 sqkm of it) is to rent a car. It's amazing how many miles you'll run up. Watch out for cows, but with a speed limit of 40kph, you shouldn't hit any.

There's plenty of hiking, 4 wheel driving, swimming, surfing, snorkelling and big game fishing. Yes, and golf.

And since it's a tax haven, there's duty free shopping.

Most goods are brought over from Aus and NZ by plane or ship. However, since there is no port, the ships anchor off shore, either Kingston or Cascade (the old whaling station), depending on the weather. The goods are unloaded into boats and brought ashore to the jetty. That was an interesting sight.

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