59 days in New Caledonia Itinerary

59 days in New Caledonia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Caledonia route planner

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Fly to La Tontouta International Airport, Drive to Bourail
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Bourail, Grand Terre
— 6 nights
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Hienghene, Grand Terre
— 7 nights
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Ouvea
— 7 nights
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Mare
— 7 nights
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Lifou
— 7 nights
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Ile Des Pins
— 7 nights
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Noumea, Grand Terre
— 11 nights
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Yate, Grand Terre
— 5 nights
Drive to La Tontouta International Airport, Fly to San Francisco International Airport

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Bourail, Grand Terre

— 6 nights
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 . Step off the beaten path and head to Grand Terre: Poe Beach and Roche Percee and Fort Teremba. Explore Bourail's surroundings by going to Pocquereux Randonnees (in La Foa) and Farino (Parc des Grandes Fougeres & Sentier de la petite cascade). And it doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with Bourail Aqua Diving, admire the landmark architecture of Eglise de Bourail, trek along Sentier des Trois Baies, and see Gecko Evasion.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Bourail trip maker website.

San Francisco, USA to Bourail is an approximately 23-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to New Caledonia Standard Time is 19 hours. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from San Francisco in February, with highs in Bourail at 88°F and lows at 71°F. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Hienghene.

Things to do in Bourail

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 10 — 16:

Hienghene, Grand Terre

— 7 nights
Hienghène is a commune in the North Province of New Caledonia, an overseas territory of France in the Pacific Ocean. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Base d'activite nautique de La Poule de Hienghene and Tieti Diving. Change things up with a short trip to Heart of voh BY HIBISAIR in Kone (about 1h 45 min away). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Aire de Repos de Lindéralique.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Hienghene online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Bourail to Hienghene takes 3 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Hienghene can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Ouvea.

Things to do in Hienghene

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 16 — 23:

Ouvea

— 7 nights
Ouvéa or Uvea is a commune in the Loyalty Islands Province of New Caledonia, an overseas territory of France in the Pacific Ocean. Discover out-of-the-way places like Mouli Bridge and Mio Palmo Ouvea. There's more to do: explore the activities along Tortoise Hole.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Ouvea fast, fun, and easy.

Fly from Hienghene to Ouvea in 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in February, and nighttime lows around 77°F. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Mare.

Things to do in Ouvea

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Feb 23 — Mar 2:
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Mare

— 7 nights
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yejele Beach and Mare Island.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Mare trip planner.

You can fly from Ouvea to Mare in 3.5 hours. In March in Mare, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 73°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Tue) before leaving for Lifou.

Things to do in Mare

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors
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Lifou

— 7 nights
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Baie de Jinek and Notre Dame de Lourdes. When in Lifou, make a side trip to see Ancien Site Minier de la Tiebaghi in Koumac, approximately Koumac away.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Lifou holiday builder.

Getting from Mare to Lifou by flight takes about 3 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Tue) before leaving for Ile Des Pins.

Things to do in Lifou

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

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Ile Des Pins

— 7 nights

L'ile la plus proche du paradis (the island closest to paradise)

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kuto Bay and Oro Bay. There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Nokanhoui, make a trip to Upi Bay, take in the awesome beauty at N'Ga Peak, and see some colorful creatures with Kunie Scuba Center.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Ile Des Pins road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Lifou to Ile Des Pins takes 4.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Ile Des Pins can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Tue) before leaving for Noumea.

Things to do in Ile Des Pins

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 16 — 23:

Noumea, Grand Terre

— 11 nights
Capital of New Caledonia, Nouméa sits on a large peninsula of attractive, snaking bays.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to La Belle Verte Canopy Tours and Les Boucles de Tina. Change things up with these side-trips from Noumea: Karikate Randonnees (in Paita) and Yala Ranch (in Dumbea). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sea views from Amedee Lighthouse, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aquarium des Lagons Nouvelle Caledonie, see the world from above with Helisud, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Promenade Pierre-Vernier.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Noumea online day trip planner.

Getting from Ile Des Pins to Noumea by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Yate.

Things to do in Noumea

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 23 — Apr 3:

Yate, Grand Terre

— 5 nights
Yaté is a commune in the South Province of New Caledonia, an overseas territory of France in the Pacific Ocean. Discover out-of-the-way places like Sud Loisirs and Barrage de Yate. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Les Chutes de la Madeleine and admire the majestic nature at Blue River Provincial Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Yate online visit planner.

You can drive from Noumea to Yate in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. In April, daily temperatures in Yate can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Yate

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
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New Caledonia travel guide

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Beaches · Islands · Scuba & Snorkeling
An archipelago consisting of the sizable Grande Terre as well as a scattering of smaller surrounding islands, New Caledonia has many of the tourist draws characteristic of the South Pacific: long sandy beaches, swaying palm trees, azure lagoons, and coral reefs. It also supports many unique species of plants and animals, such as the tall conifers that tower above the palm trees lining the waterside. Nature lovers on holiday in New Caledonia should head to the lagoon that surrounds Grande Terre: a World Heritage Site and one of the largest lagoons in the world, it is home to countless species of marine life, including endangered dugongs and green sea turtles. The local culture blends French chic and Melanesian warmth, and it is usually a only short walk from the beach to a stylish bar, cafe, or gourmet restaurant.