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New Caledonia Self Drive Holidays
8  Days / 7 Nights

Road trip  Masaaki Hojo NCTPS
Ilot Tibarama Masaaki Hojo NCTPS
Sheraton New Caledonia Deva Spa & Golf Resort
Coeur de Voh - Jerome Emeriaud sugar-pho
Koulnoue Village Niko Vincent TPN
Tieti Poindimie Hotel
Gouaro Deva bourail
Noumea - Anse Vata

Tour Code: NCP29


Take your time to explore Grande Terre at your own pace, all the way to its remote corners. The road network is excellent and well-marked. Indulge in the tranquility of charming hotels and bungalows nestled amidst lush greenery, where comfort seamlessly blends with local culture. Traveling around New Caledonia by car offers you the chance to connect with the diverse local population, visit small villages, encounter local Melanesian tribes, and explore pristine areas that are only visited by a fortunate few tourists - New Caledonia's 'outback' welcomes you with open arms. Awaken your taste buds! Savour the flavors of local produce, whether at the dining table of homestays or at the exquisite eateries we recommend for you.

Day 1: New Zealand - New Caledonia

Fly from New Zealand to New Caledonia. Pick up car rental at the airport and then head north to Bourail.

You will discover the West Coast, the « Caledonian Far West », with its large livestock farming domains and its hills covered of niaoulis.

In Bourail, we suggest 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.

Night at Sheraton Deva Spa & Golf Resort (Traditional Room)


Day 2: Bourail

Day at leisure in Bourail. Bourail has boasted an exciting and impressive range of sports and leisure activities. Stand up paddle boarding, surfing, scuba diving, snorkeling, a family excursion to Ile Verte and more... just take your pick. Poe Beach is your ideal gateway to the lagoon. A host of attractions await you just a stone’s throw from the Sheraton hotel: a glass bottom boat, the Air Paradise seaplane, evening concerts or a lively round of golf. The hotel is set in the heart of breathtaking Deva Domain, which offers visitors an astonishing 158 kilometres of signposted nature trails, not to mention two great pump tracks in the nearby Bike Park.

Alternatively you can drive to Parc provincial des Grandes Fougères and spend the day there (1 hour drive from Bourail). 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.

Night at Sheraton Deva Spa & Golf Resort (Traditional Room)


Day 3: Bourail - Hienghene (219 km / 2h40) 

Head to Pouembout for a short hike on Plateau de Tia to enjoy a panoramic view over the area and ocean. Then visit the Cultural Centre of Pomemie (kanak exhibits). 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.

Night at Koulnoue Village (Premium Bungalow)


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

Day at leisure. We suggest you to head up to the Belvedere – the best spot to embrace the spectacular Hienghène Bay. From this rock projection you can admire the Chicken Rock and Sphinx formations, the contrasting colours of the lagoon and Mount Panié, to the North, which is the highest peak in New Caledonia at 1 628m.

Drive along the coast road with its rivers, valleys and views over the lagoon to reach Poindimié.

Night at the Tiéti Poindimié Hotel (Tropical Bungalow)


Day 5: Poindimie

Day at leisure.

Poindimié is one of the best spots in New Caledonia for diving/snorkelling. Take the day to do a diving baptism or to enjoy the lagoon for a snorkelling excursion with Aqualagoon (advanced bookings recomended).

Night at the Tiéti Poindimié Hotel (Tropical Bungalow)


Day 6: Poindimie - Noumea (330km / 4h30)

Leave the East Coast in the morning and head south in the direction of Nouméa 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.

Night at the Nouvata Hotel (Premium Room with sea view)

Day 7: Noumea

Day at leisure in Noumea.

Day 8: New Caledonia - New Zealand

Enjoy some leisure time on your own before returning the car to Tontouta International Airport for your flight home.

New Caledonia Self Drive Holidays  

8 Days / 7 Nights



Auckland: from $2,490 per person, twin share



Explore the far North of New Caledonia

Add only $39per person for 2 extra nights in Premium Bungalow at Malabou Beach Hotel (Poum) + 2-day car hire


Your Holiday Package Includes:


  • Return full-service economy airfares to Noumea flying AirCalin including all taxes and checked luggage per person

  • 7 days Rental Car (Automatic car - Ford Fiesta or similar). 

  • 2 nights at Sheraton Deva Spa & Golf Resort (Traditional Room)

  • 1 night at Koulnoue Village Hotel Hienghene (Premium Bungalow)

  • 2 nights at Tieti Hotel Poindimie (Tropical Bungalow)

  • 2 nights at Nouvata Hotel Noumea (Premium Room with Sea View)

Not included:


  • The activities and excursions recommended in the itinerary

  • Any meals

  • Deposit for rental cars

  • Petrol costs


Prefer to stay in a Lodge?

For a similar package price, you could stay at Betikure Parc Lodge (instead of Sheraton Deva) and Beach House Lodge (instead of Malabou Beach Hotel).  ​

Possibility in stay in Farino overnight if you want to discover the Parc provincial des Grandes Fougères.

Possibility to upgrade to a 4- or 5-star hotel in Noumea. Please ask for more details.


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Book by: March 31, 2025!

*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 2025Black out dates: 20 December - 02 January. 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. 

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