New Caledonia Self Drive Holidays - 8  Days / 7 Nights

Tour Code: NCP29

 

Take your time to discover the Grande Terre at your own pace, right to the ends of the earth. The road network is excellent and well signed. Relax in charming home-stays and bungalows, nestled in lovely greenery, where comfort rhymes with local culture. Travelling around New Caledonia by car allows you meet the local population in all their diversity, to visit small villages, local Melanesian tribes and to see unspoilt areas visited by a few lucky tourists  – the New Caledonia ‘outback’ awaits you with open arms. Arouse your taste buds! Delight in the flavours of local produce while at the dinner table of home-stays or at the great places we suggest for you.



Day 1: New Zealand - New Caledonia

Fly from New Zealand to New Caledonia.You’ll arrive at Tontouta International airport and make the 45 minute transfer to your hotel in Nouméa. Once settled in, why not get out into the city and try sampling the food? With around 140 world class restaurants and cafes to choose from, featuring food from every region of France, you’ll be spoilt for choice. You will be staying at the Beaurivage Hotel, a stunning beach front location, conveniently situated a stroll away from the many restaurants in Baie des Citrons.

Night at the Beaurivage Hotel (Lagoon View Room)

 

Day 2: Noumea - Kone (274 km / 3h15)

Buffet breakfast at your hotel.

Pick up of the rental car at your hotel in Noumea.

Driving north, you will discover the West Coast, the « Caledonian Far West », with its large livestock farming domains and its hills covered of niaoulis.
On the road, we advise you to stop off to the niaouli distillery of Boulouparis. The niaouli, a very common tree in New Caledonia, is one of the symbols of the country. Its essence is used in perfumery and pharmacy. You will be able to try the balms, essences and liquors !

Pass by the charming village of La Foa, famous for its « Passerelle Marguerite » (built more than 100 years ago by Gustave Eiffel’s disciples), its beautiful monumental kanak sculptures, situated in front of the entrance of the Public Garden in the center the village, and its Festival of Cinema which welcomes each year famous French directors and actors.

After La Foa, cross the village of Moindou, former coal mining center. Stop off at Fort Teremba, a former prison where you will learn the history of colonisation and influences on local populations… (paying service, not included, annual closing from the end of December to the begginning of January).

Drive towards Bourail. The meanderings of a quiet river, the Néra, surrounded by shady pastures where the bovines graze, announce the capital of the Caldoche country, famous for its Agricultural Fair and its rodeo shows (middle of august).
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 brethtaking view on the Bourail pass, the Green Island (Île Verte), the Turtles Bay (Baie des Tortues), and other large white-sandy beaches surrounded by magestic Cook pines.

Drive towards Koné, capital of the Northern Province.

Night at La Nea Hotel (Bungalow)

 

Day 3: Kone - Hienghene (120 km / 1h30)

Buffet breakfast at your hotel.

Today, 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.

Afternoon at leisure.

Night at Koulnoue Village (Premium Bungalow)

 

Day 4: Hienghene - Poindimie (73 km / 1h00)

Buffet Breakfast at your hotel.

Take the morning to further explore Hienghène. Head up to the Belvedere, which is a great vantage point to take in the spectacular Hienghène Bay. From there you can see the area’s well-known “Chicken Rock” and neighbouring Sphinx like formations, as well as delight in the contrasting colours of the lagoon against Mount Panié, the highest peak in New Caledonia at 1,628 metres.

Back in the car, follow the rivers and valleys along the coastal road, stopping along the way to take in the view of the lagoon as it laps the island of Poindimié in the distance.

Once arrived in Poindimié, visit a local tribe and discover the island’s traditional Kanak way of life.

Night at the Tiéti Poindimié Hotel (Tropical Bungalow)

 

Day 5: Poindimie

Buffet Breakfast at your hotel.

Take a rest from driving to experience what Poindimié has to offer. Enjoy a pleasant stroll along Poindimié’s beautiful beaches or enjoy the array of activities on offer in the area. From diving and snorkelling to fishing, treks and village visits, there is something for everyone. We suggest you a day trip to the Îlot Tibarama (Tibarama Island). A 10-minute cruise from the shore, the island is covered in exceptional century-old trees.

Or you may just want to find a hammock under a palm tree and snooze the day away with a good book!

Night at the Tiéti Poindimié Hotel (Tropical Bungalow)

 

Day 6: Poindimie - Sarramea (208km / 2h30)

Buffet Breakfast at your hotel.

Rested and relaxed, it’s time to jump back in the car. Around mid-morning, head south in the direction of Sarraméa via the Houailou-Bourail traverse road. This very picturesque route winds along the coast, taking you through several villages, all with unique tribes and over the mouths of several majestic rivers before climbing up and over the ‘La Chaîne’, New Caledonia’s mountain range. The road then descends into the grassy plains of the west coast. There are certainly plenty of photo opportunities along the way.

Where to stop on your way to Sarramea:

  • Experience the area’s natural beauty at the ‘Parc des Grandes Fougères’ (Great Ferns Park)

  • Enjoy a quad biking or horse riding tour in Sarraméa

  • Visit the ‘Les Hauts de Fonwhary’ orchard, where you’ll find different varieties of fruits and jams

Night at Evasion Hotel (Bungalow)

 

Day 7: Sarramea - Noumea (121 km / 1h30)

Continental breakfast at your hotel.

The time has come to travel back to Nouméa, for your final night. Before you leave Sarraméa, take a trip to the Feuillet swimming hole. It’s a beautiful way to refresh before commencing the return drive to Nouméa.

Return your rental car to your hotel in Noumea.

Night in Beaurivage Hotel (Lagoon View Room)

 

Day 8: New Caledonia - New Zealand

Buffet Breakfast at your hotel. Leisure by your own before you will be transferred to Tontouta International Airport for your homeward flight.

New Caledonia Self Drive Holidays  8 Days / 7 Nights

 

 

Auckland: from $2,245 per person, twin share

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Explore the far North of New Caledonia

Add only $310 per person for 2 extra nights in Premium Bungalow at Malabou Beach Hotel (Poum) + 2-day car hire

 

Included in this program:

 

  Return economy airfares to Noumea with Aircalin including 23kg of luggage, snacks and beverages

  Airline taxes and fuel surcharges

  Accommodation in the hotels as mentioned in the itinerary

  Breakfasts daily

  Rental car on the Grande Terre, Days 2-7 (Auto - Ford Fiesta or similar)

  Return Airport Transfers

BONUS - 20% Off Accommodation (Already included in the price)

BONUS - Discounted Airfare (Already included in the price)

BONUS - Complimentary use of snorkelling gear at Koulnoue Village and Tieti Hotel (Subject to the availability)

Not included in this program:

 

  • The activities and excursions recommended in the itinerary

  • Any lunch and dinner

  • Deposit for rental cars

  • Petrol costs

 

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Book by: March 31, 2020!

 

*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 until 31 March 2020. Black out dates: 17 December 2019 - 17 February 2020. Air surcharges apply during school holidays. 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.