16 days in New Caledonia Itinerary

16 days in New Caledonia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Noumea, Grand Terre
— 6 nights
2
Ile Des Pins
— 3 nights
3
Bourail, Grand Terre
— 2 nights
4
Mare
— 1 night
5
Lifou
— 3 nights

6
nights
Noumea, Grand Terre

Noumea ©
Capital of New Caledonia, Nouméa sits on a large peninsula of attractive, snaking bays.
Tjibaou Cultural Center and Arte Bello Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Your inner history buff will appreciate Cathedrale St Joseph de Noumea and Notre Dame Du Pacifique. Take a break from Noumea with a short trip to Les Chutes de la Madeleine in Yate, about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: stroll through Plage de la Baie des Citrons, brush up on your military savvy at Le Musee Maritime de Nouvelle-Caledonie, look for gifts at Vakarm, and head off the coast to Ile aux Canards island.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Noumea trip app.

Auckland, New Zealand to Noumea is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Auckland to Noumea is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Ile Des Pins.

Things to do in Noumea

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Les 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.
You'll get in some beach time at Piscine Naturelle and Oro Bay. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Kuto Bay, step off the mainland to explore Isle of Pines, head outdoors with Nokanhoui, and make a trip to Upi Bay.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Ile Des Pins vacation maker website.

Traveling by flight from Noumea to Ile Des Pins takes 2.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough 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 . On the 6th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Grand Terre: Poe Beach and Roche Percee, thensee the interesting displays at Fort Teremba, thenget engrossed in the history at Musee de Bourail, and finally admire the striking features of Eglise de Bourail. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Sentier de la petite cascade and then hike along Sentier des Trois Baies.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Bourail trip itinerary planning website.

Do a combination of flight and car from Ile Des Pins to Bourail in 4.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ile Des Pins in January: highs in Bourail hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mare.

Things to do in Bourail

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Sentier de la petite cascade, Fort Teremba
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Grand Terre: Poe Beach and Roche Percee ©
Grand Terre: Poe Beach and Roche Percee
Fort Teremba ©
Fort Teremba
Musee de Bourail ©
Musee de Bourail

1
night
Mare

Mare
On the 8th (Wed), kick back and relax at Yejele Beach.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Mare trip builder.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Bourail to Mare takes 4.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Mare can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Lifou.

Things to do in Mare

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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3
nights
Lifou

Lifou ©
Visit Baie de Jinek and Plage de Luengoni for some beach relaxation.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Lifou road trip planner.

You can fly from Mare to Lifou in 4.5 hours. On the 11th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lifou

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