Gardeners’ and Gourmets’ Delight Tour of Norfolk Island

 Itinerary

 

Day one – Friday 10th October – Guests arrive from Sydney at approximately 12:40pm and are shuttled to their accommodation at the Hibiscus Aloha. The afternoon is free before we are collected from our accommodation for a ‘Welcome to Norfolk Island’ sunset gourmet BBQ at BedRock.

 

Day two – Saturday 11th October – At 9am we are picked up from our accommodation for a 3-hour tour of many of the islands sights looking at the fascinating history of Norfolk Island across all of its major periods of settlement. At 1pm we arrive at the cliff-top estate of Forrester Court for an indulgent high tea on the lawns overlooking the turquoise South Pacific. The evening is free for you to discover some of the islands many dining choices.

 

Day three – Sunday 12th October – Today is free until 2:45 pm for relaxing and doing your own thing. After being collected from our accommodation we arrive at 3pm at Music Valley gardens and farm. Here we’ll be shown around by the garden owner, Jane, looking at the sustainable garden and assisting in harvesting some produce for tonight’s dinner. We’ll depart Music Valley late afternoon before returning at 5.30pm for a sustainable island dinner.

 

Day four – Monday 13th October – Today we enjoy one of the highlights of the tour the annual Norfolk Island Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Show from 12pm after a morning of free time. Explore this small yet diverse and fascinating show before we are collected from our accommodation at 5:45pm for dinner at one of Norfolk’s finest eateries Hilli Restaurant.

 

Day five – Tuesday 14th October – Today a truly unique Norfolk Island experience – the Mastering Taste Chef School and Garden Tour. We visit the gardens where Hilli Restaurant grows much of its own produce using many sustainable principles and are given a tour by the gardener before we adjourn to the luxury kitchens on the property for a ‘master class’ with Hilli’s head chef. After we prepare lunch under chefs expert guidance it’s time to sit and enjoy our delicious work.

The remainder of the afternoon is free for you to relax and this evening is the optional but must-do local experience – a cliff-top sunset ‘fish-fry’.

 

Day six – Wednesday 15th October – Today we have a very special and exclusive experience. We’ll be picked up from our accommodation before touring the gardens that won awards in the Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Show Garden Competition of which Adam was a guest judge. We’ll have lunch at the lovely Golden Orb Café & Bookshop before resuming our garden tour.

This evening is free but a dinner at Norfolk Island’s exceptional Dino’s Restaurant is highly recommended.

 

Day seven – Thursday 16th October – Today we experience a range of Norfolk Islands boutique gourmet and just plain yummy experiences visiting the islands coffee plantation, Sweeties chocolate shop and Christian Brothers cheeses with a light lunch in the middle.

This evening we are collected at 5:45pm for our farewell dinner at Norfolk Islands exquisite Norfolk Blue restaurant.

 

Day eight – Friday 17th October – Time this morning for some last minute shopping or relaxing before transferring to the airport at 11:45 prior to our departure from the island at 1:50pm.

 

Tropical Gardens, Culture and History of Hawaii

Tropical Gardens, Culture and History of Hawaii

 

Day 1. Arrive Oahu

Upon arrival, be met at the airport and transfer to your hotel at Waikiki Beach. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner at the hotel, known as the ‘Pink Palace’.
Stay: Two Nights: Oahu, Royal Hawaiian
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Dinner

Day 2. Oahu Garden Visits

This morning, enjoy a scenic tour of Waikiki Beach and surrounding area, including a visit to the Pearl Harbour Visitor Centre. Next, visit Foster Botanical Garden, considered to be a living museum of tropical plants. Including some rare and endangered species, they have been collected from throughout the world’s tropics over a period of 150 years. We will then visit an exclusive private garden, not normally open to the public.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 3. Oahu to Kauai

Visit Queen Emma’s Summer Palace. Built in 1847, the restored and furnished home of Queen Emma and King Kamehameha IV offers a glimpse into the lifestyle of the Hawaiian monarchy. Fly to Kauai and visit the dramatically positioned Allerton Gardens. This garden paradise has been transformed through time by the hands of a Hawaiian Queen, by a sugar plantation magnate, and most significantly by an artist and an architect.
Stay: Two Nights: Kauai, Sheraton Resort
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 4. Kauai Garden Visits

This morning, visit Limahuli Botanic Gardens. The garden features endemic Hawaiian species, plants introduced by the early Polynesian voyagers, as well as culturally important plants that were established during the plantation era starting in the mid-1800s, where the plant collections are used for the purposes of conservation, cultural perpetuation, and education. We then travel to the Waimea Canyon, which Mark Twain referred to it as the ‘Grand Canyon of the Pacific’. Waimea is Hawaiian for “reddish water”, a reference to the erosion of the canyon’s red soil. We will then visit a private garden, owned by a local garden enthusiast. In the evening, we visit Smith’s Tropical Paradise to wander the tropical gardens, dine on traditional cuisine and participate in a garden Luau.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 5. Kauai to Maui

Visit Na ‘Aina Kai, a diverse garden with a hardwood plantation, a moss and fern-covered canyon, with views over the pristine sandy beach. Enjoy a tour of the garden and discover the many sculptures. Later, fly to the island of Maui.
Stay: Two Nights: Maui, Sheraton Resort and Spa
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 6. Maui Garden Visits

Travel along the stunning road to Hana, old Hawaii. Here, we explore the natural pools of Oheo, Keanne Valley Lookout and Wainapanaga State Park. Visit Tedishi Winery to enjoy a historical tour of the gardens and winery. Visit the Rose Ranch, graced by towering 150-year-old trees brought back from Captain James Makee’s travels.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 7. Depart Maui

This morning we will visit a private garden. Afterwards, transfer to the airport for your flight to Oahu, where your tour concludes upon arrival.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

 

Tropical Gardens of Hawaii

DAY 1
Wednesday 18 June 2014
Sydney – Honolulu (D)

Meet Graham at Sydney airport for the flight to Ohahu, Hawaii. We’ll be presented with leis when we arrive, which serve to instantly proclaim holiday time! Before we check in to our hotel, we’ll stroll through the Forster Botanic Garden in the heart of Honolulu. This living museum features a wonderful collection of tropical plants. Then it’s on to the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, also known as The Pink Palace. This Honolulu landmark, right on the beach at Waikiki, has recently undergone a multi-million dollar refurbishment and is back to its luxurious and romantic best. Our Welcome Dinner this evening will be in the restaurant of the hotel, overlooking the moon shining on Waikiki.
Accommodation: Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Honolulu

DAY 2
Thursday 19 June 2014
Honolulu (B/L)

A treat today as members of the Honolulu Garden Club welcome us into their extraordinarily beautiful private homes and gardens. You’ll love Hawaiian hospitality.
Accommodation: Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Honolulu

DAY 3
Friday 20 June 2014
Honolulu (B)

A free day today to enjoy the hotel, take a shuttle to the shops, or join Graham for an emotional experience visiting the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbour. Later Graham will take you out for drinks at the nearby Moana Hotel, which was built in 1901.
Accommodation: Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Honolulu

DAY 4
Saturday 21 June 2014
Honolulu (B)

Step back into the 19th century this morning with a visit to Queen Emma’s Summer Palace, which is now managed by the Daughters of Hawaii. Membership of the Daughters is open to any woman who is directly descended from a person who lived in Hawaii prior to 1880, with no restrictions to race. A passionate guide will show us through the charming Hawaiian-Victorian palace, and then we’ll explore the exceptional garden. The afternoon is free.
Accommodation: Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Honolulu

DAY 5
Sunday 22 June 2014
Kauai (B)

We take a morning flight to Kauai, where Allerton Gardens will be our first stop. This was Queen Emma’s garden estate. She named it ‘Lawai Kai’ which means ‘Garden by the Sea’, and carefully introduced exotic species into the natural landscape, including bougainvillea and Morton Bay fig. Between 1938 and 1989 Robert and John Allerton introduced more plants from around the world, along with garden features, such as water channels, cascades, pools and waterfalls, latticed pavilions and European sculpture. It’s eclectic in design and dazzling in botanical diversity. Opposite, on Kauai’s South Shore we’ll see the spectacular Spouting Horn blowhole, then check in to our hotel, the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa, on the beach at Poipu.
Accommodation: Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa, Poipu

DAY 6
Monday 23 June 2014
Kauai (B)

Hanalei is our destination today, on Kauai’s scenic north shore. We’ll explore the town and the famous pier on Hanalei Bay, and get a good view of the emerald quilt of taro farms from the Hanalei Valley Lookout. Limahuli Garden and Preserve is nearby, set in a lush tropical valley and surrounded by towering peaks. The American Horticultural Society selected Limahuli as the best natural botanical garden in the USA. We’ll see intriguing lava rock terraces built by Limahuli’s early inhabitants, learn more about taro, and about the native plants of Hawaii, the so-called ‘canoe plants’ brought to the islands by voyaging Polynesians, and the flowers and fruits introduced during Hawaii’s plantation era.
Accommodation: Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa, Poipu

DAY 7
Tuesday 24 June 2014
Kauai (B/D)

You’ll recognise scenes from Jurassic Park when we visit Waimea Canyon on the western side of Kauai this morning. This is the largest canyon in the Pacific and it’s a dramatic sight. Lines in the canyon walls depict the volcanic eruptions and lava flows that have occurred over the centuries. The elevation makes the air 10-15 degrees cooler than in the valley and by afternoon much of the mountain is shrouded in cloud. The afternoon is free to relax and have a swim. Wear your lei tonight for our Farewell Dinner in the resort restaurant!
Accommodation: Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa, Poipu

DAY 8
Wednesday 25 June 2014
Kauai – Sydney (B)

Say aloha to Kauai – after breakfast we fly back to Honolulu and onward to Sydney.

DAY 9
Thursday 26 June 2014
Arrive Home