22 days in New Caledonia Itinerary

22 days in New Caledonia Itinerary

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22 days in New Caledonia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Noumea, Grand Terre
— 9 nights
Fly:  1​h
2
Mare
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  3​h
3
Lifou
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Ile Des Pins
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h
5
Hienghene, Grand Terre
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Bourail, Grand Terre
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Sydney

9
nights
Noumea, Grand Terre

Capital of New Caledonia, Nouméa sits on a large peninsula of attractive, snaking bays.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Anse Vata Beach and Plage de la Baie des Citrons. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Promenade Pierre-Vernier. Change things up with these side-trips from Noumea: Yala Ranch (in Dumbea), Karikate Randonnees (in Paita) and Parc Provincial de la Riviere Bleue (in Yate). And it doesn't end there: get outside with Canons du Ouen Toro, meet the residents at Aquarium des Lagons Nouvelle Caledonie, head off the coast to Ile aux Canards island, and brush up on your military savvy at Le Musee Maritime de Nouvelle-Caledonie.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Noumea tour builder tool .

Sydney, Australia to Noumea is an approximately 6-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Noumea. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Mare.

Things to do in Noumea

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Dumbea, Parc Provincial de la Riviere Bleue, Karikate Randonnees
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Les Boucles de Tina ©
Les Boucles de Tina
Parc Provincial de la Riviere Bleue ©

1
night
Mare

Mare
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Yejele Beach.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Mare online route planner .

Getting from Noumea to Mare by flight takes about an hour. December in Mare sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Lifou.

Things to do in Mare

Parks Beaches Outdoors

3
nights
Lifou

Lifou ©
Explore hidden gems such as Plage de Luengoni and Baie de Jinek. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Easo Beach and Luecille Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Lifou road trip planner.

You can fly from Mare to Lifou in 3 hours. In December, daytime highs in Lifou are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Ile Des Pins.

Things to do in Lifou

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Plage de Luengoni ©
Plage de Luengoni
Baie de Jinek ©
Baie de Jinek
Easo Beach ©
Easo Beach

4
nights
Ile Des Pins

Ile Des Pins ©
Just a little way off the southern end of Grand Terre, Île des Pins (the Isle of Pines) gets its name from the tall columnar pines that stick out of the surrounding vegetation like bristles on a brush.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Oro Bay and Piscine Naturelle. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kuto Bay and Nokanhoui. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pic N'Ga, make a trip to Vestiges du Bagne, Head underground at Grotte de Hortense, and step off the mainland to explore Isle of Pines.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Ile Des Pins route maker site .

Traveling by flight from Lifou to Ile Des Pins takes 3 hours. In January in Ile Des Pins, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hienghene.

Things to do in Ile Des Pins

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Kuto Bay ©
Kuto Bay
Oro Bay ©
Oro Bay
Pic N'Ga ©
Pic N'Ga

1
night
Hienghene, Grand Terre

Hienghene ©
Hienghène is a commune in the North Province of New Caledonia, an overseas territory of France in the Pacific Ocean. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Aire de Repos de Lindéralique and then take in the dramatic natural features at Base d'activite nautique de La Poule de Hienghene.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Hienghene trip itinerary planning app .

Explore your travel options from Ile Des Pins to Hienghene with the Route module. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. On the 6th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Bourail.

Things to do in Hienghene

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Aire de Repos de Lindéralique ©
Aire de Repos de Lindéralique

2
nights
Bourail, Grand Terre

Bourail ©
Bourail is a commune in the South Province of New Caledonia, an overseas territory of France in the Pacific Ocean.GeographyBourail a rural town of Grande Terre . Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): delve into the lush surroundings at Parc des Grandes Fougeres, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sentier de la petite cascade, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Grand Terre: Poe Beach and Roche Percee. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Fort Teremba, get engrossed in the history at Musee de Bourail, then admire the striking features of Eglise de Bourail, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Sentier des Trois Baies.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Bourail travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Hienghene to Bourail in 3.5 hours. January in Bourail sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bourail

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Farino, Fort Teremba
Highlights from your plan
Parc des Grandes Fougeres ©
Parc des Grandes Fougeres
Sentier de la petite cascade ©
Sentier de la petite cascade

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