rates and packages
Lord Howe Island is a gem of the natural world. Its dramatic scenery, lush subtropical forests, rare flora and fauna, pristine beaches and colourful marine life are breathtaking and unique. Sir David Attenborough once wrote that Lord Howe is “so extraordinary it is almost unbelievable… Few islands, surely, can be so accessible, so remarkable, yet so unspoilt.”
Lord Howe is genuine wilderness. Unlike most parts of the world, the island was first settled in the 1840’s and has had minimal human impact. Many parts of the island are rarely visited or remain unvisited. The vast populations of land and sea birds have no predators, and with a loud yell or hand clap, will hover above your head to investigate the sound. Some will land at your feet and appear hypnotised. It’s a unique experience.
Offshore, the island is surrounded by the southernmost coral reef in the world, and has a unique combination of tropical, subtropical and temperate marine life. There are over 90 coral and 500 fish species.
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 its 'Places of a Lifetime'.
Some parts of the island are easily accessible via the network of walking tracks. The best parts, though, require a local guide and a boat. Only then can you discover Lord Howe’s true wilderness. Our Wilderness Weeks combine the experience of local park rangers and scientists to guide you to some of the island’s most amazing places - by foot, boat and kayak. Along the way, the guides will provide expert interpretation of Lord Howe's unique ecosystems and demonstrate some of the management practices that protect the island’s flora and fauna.
After a memorable day, you’ll return to Pinetrees for a hot shower, cold beer, exceptional 4 course dinner, great wine, open fire and comfortable bed. You may find the perfect balance between physical exercise, mental stimulation, social interaction and, well, some of life’s more enjoyable treats. And there’s no mobile phone coverage on Lord Howe!
Our Wilderness Weeks are for people of all ages with a good level of fitness and interest in conservation. All groups are led by former park ranger and mountain guide, Dean Hiscox, from Lord Howe Environmental Tours, and supported by former United Nations ecologist, Luke Hanson, from Pinetrees Lodge. Read the reviews of our Wilderness Discovery Weeks in June and July 2013. We've also had great reviews in the media, including a feature article in Great Walks Magazine and a feature article in the Sydney Morning Herald (by Louise Southerden, the 2013 Australian Travel Writer of the Year). You can also watch the episode of Sydney Weekender with Mike Whitney who enjoyed our Wilderness Discovery activities, and the video of our 2014 Adventure Challenge Week by film-maker Andy Lloyd.
Our Wilderness Weeks include:
- guided walks through World Heritage wilderness with park rangers and scientists;
- guided boat and snorkelling trips through the world’s most southern coral reef system;
- guided kayak trips on the lagoon;
- expert interpretation of Lord Howe's unique ecosystems and demonstration of conservation management practices;
- 5 nights' accommodation
- full buffet breakfasts
- lunches (either at Pinetrees, gourmet BBQ hamper or packed lunch)
- afternoon teas
- 4 or 5 course dinners
- use of all lodge facilities
- island airport transfers
Our Wilderness Weeks are available from 25-29 May 2015 and 7-11 September 2015. Package rates start from $1790 per person (twin share). Please contact us for further details or to make a booking.
All rates are in Australian Dollars (AUD) and include GST.
Stays longer than 5 nights attract additional discounts off the rack rate.
Our 5 night 'all inclusive' rate includes island airport transfers, use of lodge facilities and all meals - full breakfast, lunch (either at Pinetrees, gourmet BBQ hamper or packed lunch), afternoon tea and 4 or 5 course dinner. The 5 night 'all inclusive' rate excludes drinks, airfares and other applicable levies and taxes. Our 5 night 'bed & breakfast' rate includes island airport transfers, use of lodge facilities, full breakfast, afternoon tea, 4 or 5 course dinner on the night of arrival and evening transport to local restaurants. The 5 night 'bed & breakfast' rate excludes drinks, airfares and other applicable levies and taxes.
Bed & Breakfast rate
There are no cooking or self catering facilities at Pinetrees, so all 'bed and breakfast' guests should have lunch and dinner at local cafes and restaurants. 'Bed and breakfast' guests are welcome to book for lunch or dinner at Pinetrees by 9am on the day, although seats are not guaranteed due to high demand. The 'bed and breakfast' rate is not available for our 3 Bedroom Cottage, 4 Bedroom Cottage or Garden Cottages. The 'bed and breakfast' rate is not available for any rooms from 20 December to 20 January (inclusive). All guests in each room must book the same rate (i.e all guests must be on an ''all inclusive' rate or 'bed & breakfast' rate). Pinetrees will not accept bookings with mixed rates within one room.
Pinetrees Travel provides the best available airfares to Lord Howe Island. Qantaslink is the only airline to service Lord Howe Island and has connections from 750 global destinations as part of the One World Alliance. International travellers can sometimes include flights to and from Lord Howe in tickets to Australia. Please check with your travel agent. You can then use our accommodation rates for land content only.
Flights to Lord Howe Island are sometimes cancelled due to weather. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that covers the cost of additional accommodation, or lost accommodation, due to 'weather' cancellations.
Check-in & check-out
Check-in time is 2pm and check-out time is 10am. Early check-ins and late check-outs are sometimes available. Please check with Pinetrees staff on the day.
Sole use of rooms is permitted at the advertised rates. There is no sole use available from 20 December to 20 January.
Additional children and adults in rooms
When sharing with 2 adults: 1. children under 5 are free of charge; 2. children aged 5 to 15 are charged 50% of the adult tariff; 3. all other guests aged 16 and over are charged 75% of the adult tariff. As part of Lord Howe's World Heritage listing, Pinetrees is licensed for 85 guests, and all people aged 5 and over are considered to occupy one licensed bed. All guests in each room must book the same rate (i.e all guests must be on a 'all inclusive' rate or 'bed & breakfast' rate). Pinetrees will not accept bookings with mixed rates within one room.
Rates for children
Children under 5 are free of charge when sharing with 2 adults, or one adult paying the sole use tariff. Children aged 5 to 15 are charged 50% of the adult tariff. All children aged 5-15 must share with another child, two adults or one adult paying the sole use tariff.
Pinetrees Lodge reserves the right to alter rates without notice.
A non-refundable deposit of $250 per person is required to confirm a reservation.
A cancellation fee of 25% of the total tariff will be charged for cancellations or changes made to bookings 45-15 days before arrival. A cancellation fee of 100% of the total tariff will be charged for cancellations or changes made to bookings 14 days or less before arrival. A cancellation fee of 100% of the total tariff will be charged for no show on the day of arrival. There are no refunds for early departures. Specific cancellation conditions apply to special interest groups, big family groups and to bookings in December and January. These are advised at the time of booking.