Highlights of Grande Terre - 4 Day Self Drive Tour
Tour Code: NCP1965
A tour just like a small gem: a short itinerary on the "Pebble" ("le Caillou", nickname of New Caledonia), including overnights in charming hotels. Discover the best of what Grande Terre has to offer!
Day 1: Noumea - Kone (274km / 3h30)
Pick up your rental car at your hotel in Noumea (unlimited kilometres and basic insurance).
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 beginning 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 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 La Nea hotel (Bungalow)
Day 2: Kone - Poindimie (78km / 1h10)
Buffet breakfast at La Nea Hotel
Take the superb transversal road « Koné-Tiwaka », offering spectacular landscapes, mountains and torrents, amazing panoramas and some rest areas. It will drive you to the lush East Coast and its seafront kanak tribes.
Follow the East Coast and admire its rivers, valleys and panoramas on the lagoon !
Arrival at Poindimié.
Night at Tieti Beach Hotel (Tropical Bungalow)
Day 3: Poindimie - Sarramea (208km / 2h40)
Buffet breakfast at the restaurant of your hotel.
Possibility of snorkeling on the reef, in a lagoon classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site (by reservation, paying, not included).
Drive South. Between Ponerihouen and Houaïlou, before the Bwa river bridge, make a refreshing stop at the Bâ falls and its waterholes.
Leave the East Coast and head south in the direction of Sarraméa via the Houailou-Bourail transversale 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 “La Chaîne” - the mountainous relief that stretches from the north to the south of the Grande Terre – at the Col des Roussettes (Fruit Bat Pass). 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 Sarramea. There are a number of activities available to you in Sarramea: treks on a quad bike or horse ride, visit the Fonwhary orchard (booking necessary – not included).
Night at Evasion Hotel (Bungalow)
Day 4: Sarramea - Noumea (121km / 1h40)
Breakfast at your hotel.
Before leaving, we suggest you to go to the Trou Feuillet, a natural waterhole, just behind the Evasion hotel.
Back to Noumea to drop off your car rental before 6 p.m. at your hotel.
4 Day Grande Terre Self Drive
from $690 per person, twin share
Your Holiday Includes:
1 night at La Nea Hotel Kone (Bungalow)
1 night at Tieti Hotel Poindimie (Tropical Bungalow)
1 night at Evasion Hotel Sarramea (Bungalow)
4 days Rental Car (Auto - Ford Fiesta or similar)
BONUS - Buffet Breakfast Daily!
*Prices are in Australian 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 2021. Blackout dates: 20 December 2020 to 02 January 2021. 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.