33 days in New Caledonia Itinerary

33 days in New Caledonia Itinerary

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33 days in New Caledonia Itinerary

Start: Christchurch
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Lifou
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Mare
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Farino, Grand Terre
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  2​h 15​min
4
Ile Des Pins
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h
5
Noumea, Grand Terre
— 13 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Christchurch

5
nights
Lifou

Lifou ©
When in Lifou, make a side trip to see Ancien Site Minier de la Tiebaghi in Koumac, approximately 38 minutes away.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Lifou trip planner .

Christchurch, New Zealand to Lifou is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, taxi, and flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to New Caledonia Time (NCT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. On the 14th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Mare.

Things to do in Lifou

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Ancien Site Minier de la Tiebaghi
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Lifou Island ©
Lifou Island
Plage de Luengoni ©
Plage de Luengoni
Baie de Jinek ©
Baie de Jinek

4
nights
Mare

Mare
Mare is known for nature and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Yejele Beach.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Mare holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Lifou to Mare takes 1.5 hours. In November in Mare, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. On the 18th (Mon), you'll travel to Farino.

Things to do in Mare

Parks Outdoors Beaches

5
nights
Farino, Grand Terre

Farino ©
Farino is a commune in the South Province of New Caledonia, an overseas territory of France in the Pacific Ocean. Get out of town with these interesting Farino side-trips: Bourail (Musee de Bourail, La Distillerie de Nessadiou, & more) and Pocquereux Randonnees (in La Foa). The adventure continues: take a peaceful walk through Parc des Grandes Fougeres, see the interesting displays at Fort Teremba, and trek along Sentier de la petite cascade.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Farino tour planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Mare to Farino in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in November, and nighttime lows around 21°C. You'll set off for Ile Des Pins on the 23rd (Sat).

Things to do in Farino

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Bourail, La Foa
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Parc des Grandes Fougeres ©
Parc des Grandes Fougeres
Sentier de la petite cascade ©
Sentier de la petite cascade
Fort Teremba ©
Fort Teremba

5
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.
Ile Des Pins is known for beaches, nature, wildlife, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Piscine Naturelle, explore the activities along Kanumera Bay, take in the awesome beauty at Pic N'Ga, and stroll through Kuto Bay.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Ile Des Pins travel planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Farino to Ile Des Pins takes 2.5 hours. When traveling from Farino in November, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Ile Des Pins: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Noumea.

Things to do in Ile Des Pins

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Piscine Naturelle ©
Piscine Naturelle
Kanumera Bay ©
Kanumera Bay
Kuto Bay ©
Kuto Bay

13
nights
Noumea, Grand Terre

Noumea ©
Capital of New Caledonia, Nouméa sits on a large peninsula of attractive, snaking bays.
Change things up with these side-trips from Noumea: Yala Ranch (in Dumbea), Parc Provincial de la Riviere Bleue (in Yate) and Karikate Randonnees (in Paita). The adventure continues: enjoy the sea views from Amedee Lighthouse, see the interesting displays at Tjibaou Cultural Center, don't miss a visit to Promenade Pierre-Vernier, and step off the mainland to explore Ilot Maitre.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Noumea day trip planning site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Ile Des Pins to Noumea in an hour. On the 11th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Noumea

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Dumbea, Parc Provincial de la Riviere Bleue, Karikate Randonnees
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Amedee Lighthouse ©
Amedee Lighthouse
Ile aux Canards island ©
Ile aux Canards island
Tjibaou Cultural Center ©
Tjibaou Cultural Center

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