5 Day New Caledonia Express Self Drive
Tour Code: NCP1964
The Northern Province is well known for its wild beauty, scenery and exciting activities. With this self-drive tour you can enjoy the region in whatever way you wish. You can meet the locals, go diving, hiking or explore the open plains of the west coast, or the tropical waterfalls of the east coast. Once you’ve got your own set of wheels, all you need to do is head out and explore.
Day 01: Noumea / Kone (274 km)
Pick up your rental car. You’ll meet the rental car agent in the lobby of your hotel. Each car provides unlimited kilometres and basic insurance.
In the morning you’ll depart to the north of the Grande Terre. You will discover the West Coast, the « Caledonian Far West », with its large livestock farming domains and its hills covered of niaoulis.
Upon arrival in Bourail, drive to the magnificent beach of Poé where you can eat at the seaside campsite.
On the way to Poé, we advise you to make a detour to the natural sites of the Roche Percée and the Bonhomme de Bourail, a surprising monolith with a « human face », shaped though time by the waves. The Roche Percée belvedere offers a breathtaking view on the Bourail pass, the Green Island (Île Verte), the Turtles Bay (Baie des Tortues), and other large white-sandy beaches surrounded by majestic Cook pines.
Drive towards Koné, capital of the Northern Province.
Night at the lovely La Nea Hotel (Bungalow)
Day 02: Kone / Hienghene (120 km)
Buffet breakfast at your hotel.
Take the morning to settle in and do whatever you like. We suggest discovering the ‘Heart of Voh, made famous by Yann Arthus Bertrande. You can also hire a guide to take you up to Mount Karepec to enjoy the spectacular view of the lagoon.
In the afternoon, you will travel across the superb Koné-Tiwaka transversal road that will take you to the East Coast. The road is lined by mountain torrents and numerous vantage points. You will discover the magnificent mountains with their peaks and the tribes niched in the valleys.
You will arrive in Hienghène from the South. As you arrive, the road is lined with Lindéralique rocks – massive cliffs of black limestone that can reach 60m tall – that are characteristic of this area.
You’ll arrive at Koulnoué village for the end of the day which will give you time to think about booking an excursion the next day. You can choose to eat in the hotel, or if you’re feeling bold why not venture out into the village?
The Koulnoué Village hotel is 10kms from Hienghène, in a beautiful coconut plantation by the water.
A large choice of free activities are available at your hotel: outdoor swimming pool, golf practice, tennis court, kayaks or snorkeling.
The reception of Koulnoue Village will also offer extra activities such as diving, trekking, having a tribe experience or horse riding…
Night at Koulnoue Village (Premium Bungalow)
Day 03: Hienghene - Poindimie (73 km)
Buffet breakfast at your hotel.
The third day features an optional excursion from your hotel – an easy bush walk accompanied by a guide who’ll tell you about all the different species of fauna you’ll encounter along the way. The track will take you to the Lindéralique lagoon where you’ll board a motorised pirogue (or a zodiac) to see the famous limestone rocks close up and learn about their magical legend.
If you have time, why not also take the time to visit Hienghène village? Once the home of Jean-Marie Tjibaou, the village has a fascinating museum which will help you learn more about the area.
Another option is the Belvédère – by far the best point to see both the spectacular scenery and the rock formations in Hienghène Bay. From here you can look out onto the Broody Hen and the Sphinx in the Centre of the bay. In the distance is Mount Panié, New Caledonia's highest peak (1,628m). Lunch is not included, but meals are available on location.
In the afternoon, take the road to Poindimié which is the central point of the East coast. Drive along the coast road with its rivers, valleys and views over the lagoon.
Night at Tieti Hotel (Tropical Bungalow)
Day 04: Poindimie / Sarramea (208 km)
Buffet breakfast at your hotel.
Leave the East Coast in the morning and head south in the direction of Sarraméa via the Houailou-Bourail traverse road. This very picturesque route goes along the waterfront, takes you through several villages and tribes and over the mouths of majestic rivers before climbing up and over the ‘La Chaîne’ - the mountainous relief that stretches from the north to the south of the Grande Terre – at the Col des Roussettes (Fruit Bat Peak). The road then descends into the grassy plains of the West Coast.
Suggestion n°1 - If you like, you can experience nature at the Parc des Grandes Fougères (Great Ferns Park) – entry fee not included. This park is situated in Farino, the least populated and highest settlement in New Caledonia. It offers a diverse range of ecosystems that are crowned by large tree ferns. There are many pathways throughout the park for walking or biking. There are no cafés in the park so you will need to purchase your picnic lunch (not included) before arriving at the park – in Bourail for example.
Suggestion n°2 - Excursion in Sarraméa. There are a number of activities available to you in Sarraméa: treks on a quad bike or horse ride, visit the Fonwhary orchard (booking necessary – not included), swim at the Trou Feuillet (Feuillet swimming hole). You can have lunch at La Foa or at Mamie Fogliani’s guest house in Farino (advance booking necessary – not included in the package).
Night at Evasion Hotel (Bungalow)
Day 05: Sarramea / Noumea (121 km)
Continental breakfast at your hotel.
Before leaving, make sure you visit the Feillet swimming hole. It’s a good way to refresh yourself before returning to Nouméa and dropping off your car rental before 6pm.
*Travelling timing are for reference only.
5 Day Express Self Drive
from $929 per person, twin share
Your Holiday Includes:
1 night at La Nea Hotel Kone (Bungalow)
1 night at Koulnoue Hotel Hienghene (Premium Bungalow)
1 night at Tieti Hotel Poindimie (Tropical Bungalow)
1 night at Evasion Hotel Sarramea (Bungalow)
5 days Rental Car (Auto - Ford Fiesta or similar)
BONUS - Buffet Breakfast Daily!
*All package prices are in New Zealand Dollars, subject to availability at time of booking and for new bookings only. The above prices are per person twin-share and valid for travel and booking until 31 March 2020. Blackout dates: 17 December 2019 to 02 February 2020. Discounts are already included in costs. All prices are subject to change at any time without notice. Conditions, amendment and cancellation fees apply. Travel insurance is strongly recommended.