16 days in New Caledonia Itinerary

16 days in New Caledonia Itinerary

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16 days in New Caledonia Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Noumea, Grand Terre
— 6 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1​h
2
Ile Des Pins
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Bourail, Grand Terre
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Mare
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  1​h 30​min
5
Lifou
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Auckland

6
nights
Noumea, Grand Terre

Noumea ©
Capital of New Caledonia, Nouméa sits on a large peninsula of attractive, snaking bays.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Tjibaou Cultural Center and Arts Premiers Galerie. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Anse Vata Beach and Plage de la Baie des Citrons. Change things up with a short trip to La Chutes de la Madeleine in Yate (about 1h 20 min away). There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, brush up on your military savvy at Le Musee Maritime de Nouvelle-Caledonie, view the masterpieces at Galerie d'art LEC LEC TIC, and examine the collection at Musee de Nouvelle Caledonie.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Noumea day trip planning tool .

Auckland, New Zealand to Noumea is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Auckland to Noumea. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Ile Des Pins.

Things to do in Noumea

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

La Chutes de la Madeleine
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Lyvai ©
Lyvai
Tjibaou Cultural Center ©
Tjibaou Cultural Center
Anse Vata Beach ©
Anse Vata Beach

3
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Piscine Naturelle and Kuto Bay. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Oro Bay, make a trip to Upi Bay, head off the coast to Isle of Pines, and get outside with Nokanhoui.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Ile Des Pins using our trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Noumea to Ile Des Pins in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Bourail.

Things to do in Ile Des Pins

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Piscine Naturelle ©
Piscine Naturelle
Kuto Bay ©
Kuto Bay
Oro Bay ©
Oro Bay

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 . Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Grand Terre: Poe Beach and Roche Percee, then see the interesting displays at Fort Teremba, then take an in-depth tour of Musee de Bourail, and finally admire the striking features of Eglise de Bourail. On your second day here, stroll through Sentier de la petite cascade and then hike along Sentier des Trois Baies.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Bourail trip builder tool .

Do a combination of flight and car from Ile Des Pins to Bourail in 3 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Ile Des Pins in January: highs in Bourail hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Mare.

Things to do in Bourail

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Fort Teremba, Sentier de la petite cascade
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Fort Teremba ©
Fort Teremba
Musee de Bourail ©
Musee de Bourail

1
night
Mare

Mare
On the 8th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Yejele Beach.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Mare trip itinerary maker website .

Do a combination of car and flight from Bourail to Mare in 3 hours. In January, daytime highs in Mare are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Lifou.

Things to do in Mare

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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3
nights
Lifou

Lifou ©
We've included these beaches for you: Plage de Luengoni and Easo Beach.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Lifou route site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Mare to Lifou in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lifou

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Plage de Luengoni ©
Plage de Luengoni
Baie de Jinek ©
Baie de Jinek
Notre Dame de Lourdes ©
Notre Dame de Lourdes

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