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Lord Howe Island is known as a place of peace, tranquility and seclusion. For many of our guests, a week on the island is their only chance to escape the persistent phone calls, emails and traffic jams of the real world, and enjoy a much simpler lifestyle that rejuvenates mind, body and soul. A Pinetrees holiday has always featured healthy food, daily exercise in spectacular locations, massage, socializing with like-minded people and, of course, sleeping.
Pinetrees offers a great range of accommodation, including comfortable en-suite rooms, luxury Garden Cottages and 3 and 4 bedroom family cottages. All of our rooms are serviced daily. Our accommodation is single storey and has flat access to the dining room, lounge, bar, verandah, tennis court and boatshed.
In May, September and November 2014, well structure these activities, engage some expert practitioners and host three rejuvenating Wellness Weeks. Over five days, well offer a daily program of yoga, spa treatments, massage, aerobic fitness, wholefood cooking classes and organic gardening classes, as well as our normal repertoire of swimming, snorkeling, diving, surfing, kayaking, walking, golf, biking and mountain climbing.
Combine these activities with three gourmet meals every day, organic wine tasting and a complete disconnect from the outside world, and youll experience one of the most rejuvenating weeks of your life. Youll also learn a range of new skills to help continue a healthier lifestyle at home.
Lord Howe Island is one of the most spectacular destinations in the world. It's dramatic scenery, lush subtropical forests, rare flora and fauna, pristine beaches and colorful marine life are breathtaking and unique. In combination with a warm climate, vibrant local community and great range of world-class activities, Lord Howe is the perfect destination for all ages.
In recognition of its scenic beauty and biodiversity, Lord Howe was inscribed as a World Heritage site in 1982. The list includes Uluru, Kakadu, Fraser Island and the Great Barrier Reef. More recently, National Geographic named Lord Howe as one of their 'Places of a Lifetime'.
Lord Howe is alone in a large area of the Pacific Ocean to the north and Tasman Sea to the south. Its nearest neighbors are New Zealand to the southeast, Norfolk Island to the east and New Caledonia to the northeast.
Lord Howe Island is roughly 10 km long and 2 km wide. It's a small exposed part of the Lord Howe Rise, an underwater plateau that extends from New Caledonia to New Zealand. The volcanic 'hotspot' that formed the island last flowed over 6 million years ago. Mt Lidgbird (777 m) and Mt Gower (875 m) are both part of a large remnant volcano. Balls Pyramid, 23 km to the southeast, is also part of a remnant volcano. At a height of 562 m, it's the highest and most dramatic 'volcanic stack' in the world.
The island is surrounded by the southernmost coral reef in the Pacific, and has a unique combination of tropical, subtropical and temperate marine life. There are over 90 coral and 500 fish species. Over two thirds of the island comprises beaches, sand dunes, limestone plains, hills, valleys and mountains.
All have unique sub-tropical vegetation that ranges from wetlands to rainforest. Nearly half of Lord Howe's plants are endemic. The Kentia Palm is the best known and is sold as an indoor plant throughout the world. In its natural habitat, the Kentia Palm stands in large subtropical forests with enormous banyan trees.
The local fauna is diverse and, in many cases, endemic. The Lord Howe Woodhen, Golden Whistler, Silvereye, Currawong and Large Forest Bat are found nowhere else in the world. The island is seasonal habitat to millions of seabirds such as Noddy terns, White terns, Sooty terns, Muttonbirds, Black winged petrels, Providence petrels and Red-tailed tropic birds. Some migrate from as far as Siberia each year to breed.
We are serious about food. It's one of the features of a Pinetrees holiday. The quality of our food is exceptional, and you won't go hungry. Our chefs have worked in some of Australia's best restaurants and can prepare meals for all dietary requirements. All you need to do is eat and enjoy - we'll do the shopping, cooking and cleaning.
Pinetrees may be remote, but we provide world-class meals. Breakfast starts with fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal and home-made bread. Soon after, you'll have a choice from our daily menu. Options include: free range eggs benedict with double smoked ham and hollandaise on brioche; button mushroom, spinach and hazelnut salad with scrambled eggs and hazelnut vinaigrette; smoked bacon, cheddar and spinach quesadilla with avocado and coriander salsa; or home-made banana bread with ricotta, honey and strawberries.
For lunch, you can join us at Pinetrees for our 'plat du jour' and beautiful salads. Better still, we'll gladly pack fresh kingfish, lamb chops, sausages, salads, cheese and home-made bread into an esky and local pandanus basket, and deliver them to one of the many idyllic barbeque spots on the island for your own private lunch. There's no additional charge, its just part of the Pinetrees experience.
For guests who return to the lodge mid-afternoon, either from an adventure or a siesta, afternoon tea is always a treat. Our pastry chef prepares scones, cakes or pastries every afternoon to accompany your tea or coffee. Many guests touch base at afternoon tea and compare stories from their day.
It's dinner, though, where our meals stand out. Our chefs use fresh local seafood, local produce and other quality ingredients to create memorable four course dinners. Some evenings, we start with sunset canaps and champagne on the boatshed deck. Many guests say that Pinetrees dinners are the best they've had.
There are two general stores at Lord Howe Island. Joys Shop sells most grocery items, fresh fruit, vegetables and souvenirs. Thompsons Store sells grocery items, gifts, souvenirs and fishing gear. Both general stores sell fresh bread. The Top Shop sells meat, fruit and vegetables.
The Liquor Store, located at the Lord Howe Island Board, also sells kentia palm seedlings. Larrups, in "the CBD", is a fantastic shop that sells surf wear and resort wear for all ages. Opposite Larrups is the Lord Howe Island Co-Op, which sells bulk dry goods and home-made treats.
The CBD is also home to the Lord Howe Island Post Office, the Community Hall, and Humpty Micks Cafe. Humpty Micks is open 7 days and serves great coffee, light meals and bakery items. You can also find good coffee at the Airport Kiosk.
Kenny Lees and Ian Hutton are both great local photographers and sell beautiful prints. Ginny Retmock runs 'Ginny's Shed' where you can buy island artwork and distinctive hand-painted textiles. Seaspray Arts and Crafts studio, run by Noelle Hoffman, sells a lovely range of landscape paintings.
Island Elegance and Not Just a Salon offer hair and beauty services. There are also two day spas on the Island.
The local GP, Dr Frank Reed, is based at The Gower Wilson Memorial Hospital on Lagoon Road. Clinic hours are 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. weekdays and you can call the hospital on 6563 2000 for an appointment. The hospital also has a pharmacy. There is an after hours service for emergencies. Since the hospital has limited staff, an air ambulance is sometimes called to transfer emergency patients to hospital in Sydney.
Westpac and the Commonwealth Bank have branches on the Island. Both are open for limited hours. There are no ATMs, but credit cards and EFTPOS are accepted at most Island businesses.
The Lord Howe Island Museum is well worth a visit - and is one of the best options in wet weather! It has interesting cultural and environmental displays, a small shop selling Lord Howe Island souvenirs and a good cafe.
There are snorkeling and coral viewing trips, diving trips, fishing trips, scenic boat charters, guided walks and climbs, cultural tours and environmental tours. The Pinetrees notice board has details and a free local phone that you can use to contact tour operators.
There are Anglican, Catholic and Seventh Day Adventist churches on the Island. Visitors are welcome at Saturday and Sunday services.
Pinetrees is an ideal gateway to the beauty and adventure of Lord Howe Island. Most of the island's outdoor activities are world-class and only a short bike ride away. Guests regularly comment on how much they can do in a short amount of time.
Our staff are experienced fisherman, surfers, walkers, photographers, golfers and divers. Every morning at breakfast, well recommend where to go and what to do, depending on the weather and your level of enthusiasm. Some guests are happy to relax under one of the boatshed umbrellas, swim in the lagoon, and absorb the panorama of two of Australias most dramatic mountains.
Other guests like to keep themselves busy they might catch a 15 kg kingfish, walk through ancient subtropical forest, surf perfect waves or dive on the southernmost coral reef in the Pacific Ocean. Guests can also challenge themselves on the islands spectacular golf course.
You can fly to Lord Howe with Qantaslink from Sydney, Brisbane and Port Macquarie. Private planes come from all parts of the Pacific, New Zealand and Australia.
The island's cargo ship departs from Port Macquarie every fortnight.