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 homestays 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 Caledonian ‘outback’ awaits you with open arms. Arouse your taste buds! Delight in the flavours of local produce while at the dinner table of homestays or at the great places we suggest for you.



Day 1: Australia - New Caledonia

Fly from Australia 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. 

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

 

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

Pick up of the rental car at your hotel in Noumea. (Auto - Ford Fiesta (5 seater) - includes 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 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.

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

Buffet Breakfast at your hotel.

Day at leisure. The hotel can provide a wide range of activities such as diving, fishing trip, treks, etc... 

Otherwise, you can just enjoy the beautiful white sandy beach in front of your hotel.

Night at the Tiéti Poindimié Hotel (Tropical Bungalow)

 

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

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

Continental breakfast at your hotel.

Drive back to Noumea.

Return your rental car to your hotel in Noumea.

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

 

Day 8: New Caledonia - Australia

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

 

 

From Sydney: $2,090 per person, twin share

From Brisbane: $2,090 per person, twin share

From Melbourne: $2,090 per person, twin share

 

 

 

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Explore the far North of New Caledonia

Add only $290 per person for 2 extra nights in Premium Bungalow at Malabou Beach Hotel (Poum) + 2-day car hire

 

Your 7 Night Package includes:

 

  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 in Kone, Hienghene, Poindimie and Sarramea

  Rental car on the Grande Terre, Days 2-7, Auto - Ford Fiesta (5 seater) - includes unlimited kilometres and basic insurance

  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

  • Breakfast in Noumea

  • Deposit for rental cars

  • Petrol costs

 

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Book by: March 31, 2020!

 

*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 until 31 March 2020. Black out dates: 20 December 2019 - 04 January 2020. Air surcharges apply during Australian 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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