Baby, it’s cold outside – Escape this Winter

Baby it’s cold outside… As the thermostats start to be edged upwards, the fire gets lit and the slippers go on, the mind starts to long again for those hot summer days of going to the beach and finishing up with a barbeque. The train of thought usually winds up with a persistent nagging of “I need to get away for a while…” And so you start searching through travel sites and looking at package deals, trying desperately to find somewhere within the budget to take the family, your partner, or perhaps just yourself, away from monotony of home-bound, office-bound winter blues. Might I suggest – Norfolk Island? Cast your mind and those nagging thoughts in this direction. Norfolk Island. Situated in the South Pacific, just a 2-hour flight from Sydney and Brisbane, or 1.5 hours from Auckland. It is not your ‘usual’ tropical paradise, but who wants ‘usual’ these days? While the rest of southern civilisation is flying north for the winter to be laying by crowded pools, being hassled by street sellers or dealing with jet lag, you could be wandering through tranquil sub-tropical rain forests and dining in cosy cafes within hours of leaving your home. Norfolk […]

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Room to Think, Create & Be Inspired

Guest Blog Post by Sharni-Marie Barney One of the challenges facing a lot of us today is the lack of “space” that is available in the day-to-day craziness that we now call life. With constant notifications vying for our attention, media oozing out of every device and expectations from colleagues, bosses, friends and families that we are always “on” it is near impossible to find the time or the location that is needed to think. And not just think, but process, create, discover and mull over new ideas. “Creativity flourishes in solitude. With quiet, you can hear your thoughts, you can reach deep within yourself, you can focus.” Creativity is an essential element in all forms of work and life. Without it everything becomes monotonous and tired: Businesses start to fail due to lack of innovation and fresh inspiration. Writers lose momentum and regular writing habits become bygone concepts. The artists’ “muse” vanishes. Relationships become uninteresting. Passion becomes a long lost fantasy replaced by “the grind”. I think you get my point. Here’s a few thoughts to consider: Recognise the need for creative space – This might be the first time you have thought about the need for constructive “time […]

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Stress Rich, Time Poor

Do you need to get away from the hectic pace, constant demands, congestion, noise, pressure?  Then choose Mokutu as your Norfolk Island accommodation for a Long Weekend holiday on Norfolk Island – where the air is pure, the water is clear, the pace is laid back and every corner you turn reveals an unbelievably gorgeous vista. Norfolk Island Escape: Fly in Friday/Saturday and back Monday/Tuesday – 3 glorious stress-free nights starting from $130 per night. BOOK HERE. Stay in a roomy self-contained Cottage or Suite at A-Frame Chalets @ Mokutu, enjoying panoramic views of Norfolk’s green hills and the Pacific ocean. Explore the island with your own hire car included in the room rate ($40 per day insurance included). You are personally greeted at the airport on arrival and can choose from a range of Stress Release menus to pre-book your long weekend activities or come and play it by ear. The onsite office staff can make restaurant bookings, organise tours, classes, gear hire – whatever you need for the weekend and they can share their best loved places to go and things to do. LONG WEEKEND STRESS RELEASE ‘MENUS’ So that you don’t waste a minute of your precious long […]

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Cycling @ Mokutu

A-Frame Chalets @ Mokutu is a great place to explore from during your holiday on Norfolk Island, at your own pace, on a bicycle. Located just 4 km from Burnt Pine township and 2.5 km from Kingston’s historic district, Mokutu makes a convenient base to explore, and offers commanding views of the sea and sunset! The island is very hilly in some parts so I suggest a reasonable level of fitness for cycling round the island. As a recent guest I cycled to Kingston and toward the Anson Bay area as well as other parts of the island. A bicycle is perfect for a day trip as nothing on the island is more than a few kilometres from each other. Some of the roads are heavily potholed, particularly those on the southwestern section of the island. The roads in and around Burnt Pine and Kingston are in much better shape. The only real danger on the road aside from potholes is cattle, which have the right of way. In all I cycled nearly 100 km in a week on the island. Bicycles are for hire from Hayden Bell at the Automotive Service Centre.  He’s a cycling enthusiast who will make sure he […]

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