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Rock around Norfolk Island

January 14, 2008

Rock around Norfolk Island

Pack your blue suede shoes for a week of rock ‘n’ roll and relaxation at Norfolk Island’s annual ‘Rock around the Rock’ in February.

Rock around the Rock is an annual festival which sees Australasia’s top groovers - as well as those keen to learn - flock to the island for a week of dance, entertainment and clicking your fingers in time.

The event is so popular, rumour has it that Elvis keeps a close eye on proceedings.

Booked for 2008 are Aussie stars ‘Franky and Johnny’ and ‘Dance On Band’. Workshops by Brian and Christine Bean from Red Hot Dance Studio and the accomplished Tim and Lani Hansberger help festival-goers get in tune.

Workshops start with four-step Rock n Roll basics before moving into more advanced steps, ‘Triples’ dancing and the ‘Midnight Waltz’.

Norfolk Island Rock around the Rock runs from 9 to16 February 2008.

Between jives, participants will enjoy relaxing in the natural beauty of Norfolk Island and can take advantage of the diverse tourist attractions and fine dining that the Island has to offer.

The Norfolk Island Travel Centre has special packages to Norfolk Island ex Auckland/ Wellington/ Christchurch from NZ $1,065 twin share including return airfare including taxes (excluding Norfolk and New Zealand departure tax), seven nights accommodation, seven days car hire (car insurance plus petrol payable direct) and complimentary mini golf and ‘A Walk in the Wild’.

Participants can purchase a Rock Pack for an additional NZ$485 per person which includes return airport transfers, a half day orientation tour Island, Fish Fry, Jailhouse Convict Rock Night, eight dance lessons, Welcome Dinner Dance and the Farewell Dinner Dance. Contact Christan for more information on freephone 0800 0088 10 or

About Norfolk Island: Discovered by Captain Cook in 1774, Norfolk Island was first settled as a British penal colony in 1788 through to 1856. On June 8, 1856, the island was re-inhabited by a community from Pitcairn Island, descendants of the Bounty mutineers and their Tahitian companions. Known today as Norfolk Islanders, they form a majority of the 1,800 resident population. Norfolk Island is renowned for its spectacular coastal scenery, colourful history, sporting and cultural activities, convict heritage and low tax shopping.

Air New Zealand flies to Norfolk Island on Sundays and Thursdays.

For general information contact Norfolk Island Tourism. Phone 0800 359 4373, email or visit


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