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Norfolk Air jets into Hamilton

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Norfolk Air’s first charter flight will arrive in Hamilton On Thursday 17th of April at 1525

The first of Norfolk Air Charter flights between the beautiful island paradise of Norfolk Island and New Zealand’s fourth largest city Hamilton will arrive tomorrow in Hamilton at 1525 and will then depart for Norfolk Island at 1625. Norfolk Air is wholly owned by the Norfolk Island Government.

The two return flights using a Boeing 737 – 200 with 98 economies and 8 Bounty business class seats will operate on the 17th and 24th of April 2008.

The flights depart Norfolk Island at 1300 on each day arriving Hamilton at 1525 and then returning the same day to Norfolk Island at 1625 arriving at 1810.

Chief Executive of Norfolk Air, Ewan Wilson said “With the arrival of our flight tomorrow it will be the first new international carrier to touch down in Hamilton in nearly 11 years. Locals will be able to get great pictures of the distinctive 737-200 in Norfolk Air’s livery as the aircraft flies over the city and touches down in Hamilton. The flights out of Hamilton have an 80% load factor with Waikato residents flocking to Norfolk Island for a weeks holiday break, and I’m delighted to say we have more than one tonne of freight destined for Norfolk Island, bought locally in Hamilton. Which is great for the Waikato economy.”


Information on Norfolk Island:

This five by eight kilometre subtropical jewel offers everything in concentrate. From kaleidoscopic coral reefs filled with colourful fish to bushwalking among the planet’s tallest tree ferns. Indulge in fresh island food and wine and experience a vibrant culture and history.

Savour luxurious sleep-ins, late breakfasts and lingering lunches, and don’t neglect romantic gourmet dinners at the many fine-dining restaurants. Gather up all sorts of low-tax shopping bargains and immerse yourself in the island’s numerous annual events and festivals.

Whatever your pleasure, you’ll find Norfolk’s laidback lifestyle completely infectious.

Come for a holiday and in no time you’ll feel like a part of the place yourself.
Historic attractions include museums, the penal settlement and the culture arising from the Bounty mutineers and their Tahitian wives, who settled on Norfolk after the mutiny of the HMS Bounty.

Norfolk Island has become one of the leading low-tax shopping destinations for Australians and New Zealanders. In fact, some visitors come to Norfolk just to shop. There are more than 70 low-tax shops, many of them specialising in a diverse range of quality merchandise which is not readily available in Australia or New Zealand.

You don't have to travel the world to buy something special, our shopkeepers have done it for you and it is available at low-tax prices - better than normal duty free For example, Lego is cheaper on Norfolk than in Denmark and visitors receive an extra 30% discount on tax free prices at the Liquor Bond store (on presentation of your passport and airline ticket)

We have all that you find in a duty free shop plus many extras i.e. shoes, clothes, dinnerware, giftware, jewellery, cosmetics, cameras and toys etc. You can also find shops specialising in local arts and crafts such as woodwork, paintings, pottery and weaving.
There is plenty to do on Norfolk Island! Visitors can choose from a huge array of tours & shows showcasing the history, culture and spectacular scenery of Norfolk Island. Plenty to do outdoors with around one third of the Island devoted to National Parks and reserves offering walking and mountain bike trails with breath-taking views.

The golf course is superbly situated between the rugged coastline and the delightful grounds of Government House. Green fees, club and buggy hire are inexpensive. Gymnasium, tennis, squash, lawn-bowls, archery, clay and pistol shooting, mini-golf,

Netball, and skateboarding facilities are also available. Visitors are welcome at all clubs.
The waters surrounding Norfolk Island are a fisherman's dream with fishing charters and boat cruises available to visitors. Scuba diving highlights amazing coral and fish life with dive courses also available. Inside the lagoon of Emily and Slaughter Bays you can enjoy safe swimming and snorkelling, beyond the reef, bring your board to catch a wave or experience sea kayaking.

Tour operators offer bus tours to take you into private gardens, learn about the history and culture or just get off the beaten track on a 4WD tour. When you have had enough of the outdoors, check out the museums and art galleries or enjoy a coffee in a trendy cafe or even pamper yourself with a beauty treatment. Or why not take in the fresh air, grab a good book and relax under a Norfolk pine.

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