11 days in New Caledonia Itinerary

11 days in New Caledonia Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Sydney
Fly:  6 h
1
Noumea, Grand Terre
— 4 nights
Fly:  1 h
2
Ile Des Pins
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
3
Lifou
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Bourail, Grand Terre
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  8 h 30 min
End: Sydney

4
nights
Noumea, Grand Terre

Capital of New Caledonia, Nouméa sits on a large peninsula of attractive, snaking bays.
Visiting Dolphin & Whale Watching and Promenade Pierre-Vernier will get you outdoors. We've included these beaches for you: Anse Vata Beach and Kuendu Beach. Step out of Noumea to go to Yate and see Blue River Provincial Park, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: grab your bike and head to Les Boucles de Tina, get outside with Canons du Ouen Toro, see the interesting displays at Musee de la Seconde Guerre Mondiale, and look for gifts at Maison de la Perle.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Noumea itinerary planner.

Sydney, Australia to Noumea is an approximately 7.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to New Caledonia Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ile Des Pins.

Things to do in Noumea

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Blue River Provincial Park
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Promenade Pierre-Vernier ©
Promenade Pierre-Vernier
Les Boucles de Tina ©
Les Boucles de Tina

2
nights
Ile Des Pins

Ile Des Pins ©
Just a little way off the southern end of Grand Terre, Île des Pins (the Isle of Pines) gets its name from the tall columnar pines that stick out of the surrounding vegetation like bristles on a brush.
On the 5th (Sat), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at N'Ga Peak, kick back and relax at Kuto Bay, and then head off the coast to Isle of Pines. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Piscine Naturelle, enjoy the sand and surf at Oro Bay, and then make a trip to Upi Bay.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Ile Des Pins trip maker tool.

You can fly from Noumea to Ile Des Pins in an hour. In October in Ile Des Pins, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lifou.

Things to do in Ile Des Pins

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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N'Ga Peak ©
N'Ga Peak
Kuto Bay ©
Kuto Bay
Oro Bay ©
Oro Bay

2
nights
Lifou

Lifou ©
On the 7th (Mon), kick back and relax at Plage de Luengoni and then pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame de Lourdes. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Easo Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Baie de Jinek.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Lifou visit site.

Traveling by flight from Ile Des Pins to Lifou takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Bourail.

Things to do in Lifou

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Plage de Luengoni ©
Plage de Luengoni
Baie de Jinek ©
Baie de Jinek
Easo Beach ©
Easo Beach

2
nights
Bourail, Grand Terre

Bourail ©
Bourail is a commune in the South Province of New Caledonia, an overseas territory of France in the Pacific Ocean.GeographyBourail a rural town of Grande Terre . On the 9th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Grand Terre: Poe Beach and Roche Percee, then sample the fine beverages at La Distillerie de Nessadiou, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sentier de la petite cascade. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Sentier des Trois Baies.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Bourail trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and car from Lifou to Bourail in 3.5 hours. October in Bourail sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bourail

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Sentier de la petite cascade
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Grand Terre: Poe Beach and Roche Percee ©
Grand Terre: Poe Beach and Roche Percee
Sentier de la petite cascade ©
Sentier de la petite cascade
La Distillerie de Nessadiou ©
La Distillerie de Nessadiou

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