Hundred Acres

Name

Hundred Acres

Location

Norfolk Island, Norfolk Island, New Zealand

Overview

Easy coastal walk to Rocky Point

Grade

Beginner

Access

Foot

Description

Hundred Acres reserve is an easy walking track near the airport. The woodland area near the road is one of the best places for seeing the endemic Slender-billed White-Eye, and the pine trees nearer the coast become rookeries in summer for the White-Capped Noddy and White Tern, and can be quite noisy. Wedge-tailed Shearwater and Red-tailed Tropicbird nest in burrows on the cliffs.

A wide easy walkway leads off from opposite the Norfolk Blue cafe/restaurant on New Farm Road. About 200 metres down the track through the trees is a large grassy clearing with picnic tables. Continue down the track past the Noddy rookeries to the coast. There are wooden walkway near Rocky Point. You can go right up to the cliff edges but beware of muttonbird burrows. Apart from the danger of squishing Shearwater chicks, you can also damage your ankle. Return the same way, or continue round in a loop to rejoin New Farm Road about 200 metres east of Norfolk Blue cafe. The loop walk should not take more than 1 hour.

Moreton Bay Fig Tree roots near Norfolk Blue on New Farm Road Moreton Bay Fig Tree roots

Getting there

Drive south out of Burnt Pine on Ferny Lane past the airport for about 1.5 km, then take New Farm Road on the right, following the signs to Norfolk Blue. The Norfolk Blue cafe/restaurant is about 3.5 km from Burnt Pine. Park near Norfolk Blue and enter Hundred Acres reserve.

Other notes

Near Norfolk Blue are the Moreton Bay Fig Trees with massive root structures. If you are in the area at night there are phosphorescent fungi growing on dead branches lying on the ground in Hundred Acres reserve. If you do visit Rocky Point at night to see the Wedge-tailed Shearwater return to their burrows, take a torch as the forest is pitch black at night making it hard to follow the track back to the road.

Length

2.02km

Conditions

Double track

Altitude

loss30m begin97m end97m

Last modified

2 Apr 2011 by ledzep

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