When you disembark from your Air New Zealand flight to Norfolk Island, the advice you are given is to remember that cows have right of way!
While the island is only 5kms by 8kms, there is a surprisingly extensive network of roads and lanes that crisscross it. The speed limit varies between 30kms per hour outside the school and 40 or 50kms per hour elsewhere. Cattle roam in all areas except the commercial area of Burnt Pine which is protected by cattle grids at the three main entries. As Norfolk Island is an extinct volcanic remnant, the topography is hilly with roads that hug the clifftops and follow the ridges and valleys. Sticking to the speed limit is essential. Drivers always need to be ready to slow to a stop as a calf enjoys a meal with its mum just around a bend in the middle of a narrow road. The small herds gather on the sides of the roads to hunker down for the night, and the jet black Angus cows are hard to spot, especially as there are no street lights around the island. But don’t let this deter you. The cattle add to the amazing atmosphere of island life and are the perfect motivation for winding down, taking it slowly and soaking up the relaxing vibe that is truly Norfolk Island. When cows have right of way, our priorities shift to match their pace, and really, that’s not a bad thing at all.
For further enquiries please contact Norfolk Island Tourism at www.norfolkisland.com.au or phone 1800 214 603