16 days in New Caledonia Itinerary

16 days in New Caledonia Itinerary

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16 days in New Caledonia Itinerary

Start: Wellington
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Noumea, Grand Terre
— 7 nights
Fly + Drive:  45​min
2
Ile Des Pins
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Bourail, Grand Terre
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Mare
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
5
Lifou
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Wellington

7
nights
Noumea, Grand Terre

Noumea ©
Capital of New Caledonia, Nouméa sits on a large peninsula of attractive, snaking bays.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Musee de Nouvelle Caledonie and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Relax by the water at Anse Vata Beach and Plage de la Baie des Citrons. The adventure continues: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, visit a coastal fixture at Amedee Lighthouse, get outside with Canons du Ouen Toro, and learn about all things military at Le Musee Maritime de Nouvelle-Caledonie.

For other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Noumea online route planner .

Wellington, New Zealand to Noumea is an approximately 6-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Wellington to Noumea due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Ile Des Pins.

Things to do in Noumea

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Amedee Lighthouse ©
Amedee Lighthouse
Musee de Nouvelle Caledonie ©
Musee de Nouvelle Caledonie

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Oro Bay and Upi Bay. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Kuto Bay and Piscine Naturelle. There's still lots to do: Head underground at Grotte de Hortense, head outdoors with Nokanhoui, take in the awesome beauty at Pic N'Ga, and don't miss a visit to Vestiges du Bagne.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Ile Des Pins online journey planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Noumea to Ile Des Pins takes an hour. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Bourail.

Things to do in Ile Des Pins

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Oro Bay ©
Oro Bay
Kuto Bay ©
Kuto Bay
Upi Bay ©
Upi 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 26th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Fort Teremba, then take a peaceful walk through Parc des Grandes Fougeres, and then admire the landmark architecture of Eglise de Bourail. On your second day here, get outside with Ranch de la Courrie, kick back and relax at Grand Terre: Poe Beach and Roche Percee, and then take an in-depth tour of Musee de Bourail.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Bourail trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Ile Des Pins to Bourail by combination of flight and car takes about 3 hours. When traveling from Ile Des Pins in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Bourail, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mare.

Things to do in Bourail

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Fort Teremba, Parc des Grandes Fougeres
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Grand Terre: Poe Beach and Roche Percee ©
Fort Teremba ©
Fort Teremba
Parc des Grandes Fougeres ©
Parc des Grandes Fougeres

2
nights
Mare

Mare
On the 28th (Sun), kick back and relax at Yejele Beach.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Mare day trip site .

Do a combination of car and flight from Bourail to Mare in 3 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Mare can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Lifou.

Things to do in Mare

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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2
nights
Lifou

Lifou ©
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Les Joyaux de Luengoni, then enjoy the sand and surf at Easo Beach, and then kick back and relax at Baie de Jinek. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Plage de Luengoni, enjoy the sand and surf at Luecille Beach, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame de Lourdes.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Lifou trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Mare to Lifou in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. You'll set off for home on the 31st (Wed).

Things to do in Lifou

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