Take your time to visit the Mainland at your own pace, right to the ends of the earth. Relax in charming homestays or bungalows, nestled in lovely greenery, where comfort rhymes with local culture. Enjoy the excursions into the countryside while discovering the many facets of New Caledonia’s waterways. Meet the local population in all their diversity. From the Caledonian culture of the Caldoches on the West Coast to the Melanesian culture on the East Coast tribes – the New Caledonian ‘outback’ awaits you with open arms. Arouse your taste buds! Delight in the flavours of local produce while at the dinner table of homestays or at the great places we suggest for you.

Authentic New Caledonia

Land Only Private Tour

Duration : 10 DAYSPrice : FROM $2219Country : NEW CALEDONIA
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Take your time to visit the Mainland at your own pace, right to the ends of the earth. Relax in charming homestays or bungalows, nestled in lovely greenery, where comfort rhymes with local culture. Enjoy the excursions into the countryside while discovering the many facets of New Caledonia’s waterways. Meet the local population in all their diversity. From the Caledonian culture of the Caldoches on the West Coast to the Melanesian culture on the East Coast tribes – the New Caledonian ‘outback’ awaits you with open arms. Arouse your taste buds! Delight in the flavours of local produce while at the dinner table of homestays or at the great places we suggest for you.

Included in the price

  • Accommodation in the hotels, gîtes and guesthouses, as mentioned
  • Daily Breakfasts as stated in the programme
  • Evening meals / dinners (Days 1-6 inclusive), as stated in the programme
  • Lunch (Days 7 & 8 inclusive), as stated in the programme
  • Rental car on the Grande Terre, Days 1-10, comprehensive insurance cover and unlimited kilometres, Category B car (Peugeot 206, Peugeot 207, Ford Fiesta or similar) for 2 persons, or Category C car (Citroen C3 Picasso, Citroen Berlingo, Kia Rio or similar) for 3 persons, or Category D (Ford Focus, Dacia Lodgy, Citroen C4 or similar) for 4 persons
  • The excursions indicated in the programme
  • “Nature and Culture” Pass

Day 1: Noumea - Paita (35 km / 40 min)

Pick up your car hire direclty from your hotel. Drive to Port Moselle and wander around the local markets (closed on Mondays). Take in the different sights and fragrances of the exotic fruit and vegetables on the stalls that will give you a taste of the diversity and intensity of the Pacific cuisine and the diversity of fish and shellfish that can be found in the surrounding lagoon. On Sundays local bands play at the markets and add to the Pacific atmosphere. Use your Nature and Culture Pass* to introduce you to the Melanesian culture at the Territorial Museum of New Caledonia across the road from the markets. At lunchtime, we suggest that you eat nearby at the “Assiette du Cagou” restaurant and experience the authentic local cuisine. In the afternoon, admire the picturesque central city square known as the “Place des Cocotiers” – Coconut Square. Use your Pass to visit the City Museum (Musée de la Ville) and learn about New Caledonia’s colonial history. Then head north to Païta. When you arrive at your homestay (check in from 2pm) your hosts will greet you with a fruit juice to refresh you after your short drive. The homestay is at the heart of a large private property that spans over 1 hectare at the foot of Mont Mou, amidst a flourishing garden and surrounded by streams and forests. You can relax and recharge your batteries in this slice of paradise while listening to the beautiful birds’ songs and the murmuring of the water in the neighbouring streams. It is an idyllic location for a lovely stay and will give you a hint of New Caledonia’s ‘outback’. Your hosts will be pleased to share their inside knowledge of New Caledonia with you, so feel free to ask for their advice. Dinner at the homestay. (Not available on Sunday) Accommodation at the Lézard Home Homestay in a bungalow room (for 2 persons) or in a “Pomme Cannelle” (Annona squamosal) Bungalow (for 3 or 4 persons). * The « Nature and Culture » Pass includes entry for one person to 6 essential sites in Noumea: Territorial Museum of New Caledonia, City Museum, Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Center, Zoological and Forest Park, Maritime Museum and the Aquarium of the Lagoons.

Day 2: Paita - La Foa (86 km / 1h) / A boat trip through mangroves / La Foa - Bourail (60 km / 50 min)

Breakfast at the homestay. 7:30am - Head north on the West Coast road that will take you past long stretches of Niaouli tree savannahs – very typical for the West Coast of New Caledonia’s Grande Terre. Also typical of this coast are the cattle farms that you will see along the way with their ‘stockmen’ – New Caledonian's use this Australian term to describe their ‘cowboys of the Pacific’. Stop during your drive at Boulouparis (75km north of Noumea) to visit the Niaouli distillery – Niaouli is a type of eucalyptus tree used frequently in local traditional remedies and whose essence can be found in perfumes, at chemists and even in confectionary! Jump back in the car and drive up to La Foa which is famous for its Passerelle Marguerite (bridge) that was built over a century ago by followers of Gustave Eiffel). La Foa also has wonderful large Kanak sculptures in front of the public gardens at the heart of the town and is renowned for its annual Cinema Festival that attracts renowned French actors and directors. 9:30am - Meet your guide opposite the Cinema and he will take you to the jetty for a cruise up the river (2 hrs.). The boat trip will take you through mangroves and past astonishing forests whose trees have their roots in the waters. Once you arrive at the mouth of the river, you will have an amazing view of the lagoon and the Fort Teremba site. Suggestion 1 - Have lunch at La Foa where there are several options for a quick meal (not included in the package) followed by a visit of Fort Teremba which is 20km or a 20 minute drive north of La Foa. Fort Teremba is a former penitentiary and military base that has been well restored and is surrounded by Niaouli savannahs (entry fee not included in the package). Suggestion 2 - Drive up to Moindou (20km / 15 minutes drive north of La Foa) to have lunch at the Auberge Historique Restaurant – it is recommended that you book in advance – not included in package. This restaurant is a beautiful showpiece of colonial architecture and has a definite country feel - both in the atmosphere and the food. Drive to Bourail. When you see the meandering and gentle La Néra River, bordered by shaded pastures where cattle graze, you will know that you have reached the capital of Caldoche country. Bourail is famous for its annual Foire Agricole (agricultural fair) and rodeos that bring in huge crowds (mid-August). After the bridge, turn left then follow the river towards the Roche Percée. Arrival at your homestay – check in after 4pm. The homestay "l’Effet Mer"* is at the Roche Percée (Pierced Rock) and will charm you with its calm location between the forest and the river, with direct access to the sea, the originality of its architecture, the personalised rooms, the gardens and the sweet murmur of the waves on the beach. Dinner at the homestay in the faré. Accommodation at the l’Effet Mer homestay in the ‘Couture’ room that is decorated by material created by the hostess.* Children under 6 are not accepted at this homestay for safety reasons (no guard rails or safe bridges). Access is difficult for the elderly (tables are lower than standard height).

Day 3: Bourail - Ouaco (180 km / 2h10)

Breakfast at the homestay in the faré. Leave in the morning to discover the natural site named the ‘Roche Percée’ (the Pierced Rock) and the Bonhomme de Bourail (the Bourail ‘Man’) rock formation. The coastline offers the visitor a mix of cliffs that drop into the sea and bays of long white-sand beaches that are surrounded by majestic pine trees, all the while facing the lagoon that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This area is also well known for its surfing spots. We suggest that you take a walk along the Three Bays Path (Sentier des trois baies) – a 3.5km /1 ½ hour walk) – to better appreciate the Bonhomme - a monolith shaped by the wind and the sea that represents the guardian of the ‘gates of the dead’ for the local Kanaks, the Baie des Tortues (Turtle Bay) – where turtles come to lay their eggs each year, and the secret Baie des Amoureux (Lover’s Bay). Another suggestion is to walk the Botanical Path through the Cyca Forest (2km / 40 minutes – the path is signposted). You should climb up to the Roche Percée belvedere with its view of the Bourail Pass, Turtle Bay and île Verte that will take your breath away. From this viewpoint you can see the Notre-Dame-des-Flots statue in the distance that is believed to protects ships. Lunch at leisure. As you head up to Ouaco after lunch, we recommend you to stop at Voh (150km north of Bourail) to visit the Coffee Ecomuseum (there is no entry fee but you do need to pay for tastings - closed on Monday). Your route will take you through the long dry zones of northern New Caledonia. The mountain ranges on your right are scarred by the nickel mining industry, which is the main income source for New Caledonia. This ‘green gold’ as it is known, was first discovered by the French geologist Jules Garnier in 1870. Arrival at your homestay (check in from 4pm). A friendly welcome awaits you on this homestead that spans over 100 hectares where the animals live in total freedom. The large homestay is built in a mountain refuge style and will give you an authentic experience of New Caledonian outback life. Dinner at the homestay. Accommodaton at the Deer Refuge (Réfuge du Cerf) in a bungalow.

Day 4: Ouaco - Poingam (115 km / 1h15)

Continental breakfast at the homestay. Take a walk around the homestead’s sprawling lands to discover the flora that is specific to the area, as well as the endemic trees and dry forest. You will have the opportunity to see deer and their fawns, peacocks and perhaps even Caledonian crows that are reputed to be the most intelligent of their species. Alternatively you can just relax in the 18m pool that overlooks the lagoon! Then drive north to Poingam. You will see the large and wild plains of the far north as the road meanders between bald hills. Discover the beaches of the end of the earth such as Néhoué Bay, and we suggest that you stop off to visit the village of Poum that languishes along the waterfront. Over the last kilometres, the tar sealed road is replaced by a dirt track that traverses original landscapes of wild nature. Arrival at the Relais de Poingam (check in from 3pm). A feeling of tranquility will come over you when you arrive at this little piece of paradise in the extreme North of New Caledonia’s Grande Terre. The Relais de Poingam is located near the spot named Boat Pass (the most northern part of the Grande Terre) and the magnificent Nennon Beach. It is an original place to stay located next to turquoise waters. Your hosts built this haven of peace in an intimate setting and the 8 bungalows are perfectly integrated into the surrounding nature. The food is delicious and renowned for using local produce in a convivial atmosphere. Dinner at the homestay. Accommodation at the Relais de Poingam in a Bungalow.

Day 5: Poingam

Breakfast at the Relais de Poingam. Enjoy a fulll day to explore the site and its surrounds. There are a number of sign posted educational walkways that you can take around the area that will allow you to discover the natural essence plants, the salt flats at Kô that have been recently restored, observe the many bird species or take in the magnificent scenery from the viewpoints. You might even catch a glimpse of the wild horses that live peacefully in the rugged surrounds. You can relax beside the seawater pool, on the beach or go as far as Boat Pass. Dinner at the Relais de Poingam. We recommend that you order a picnic lunch for the next day’s excursion (not included). Accommodation at the Relais de Poingam in a bungalow.

Day 6: Poingam - Hienghene (195 km / 2h45) / A boat trip around the Hienghène Bay

Breakfast at the Relais de Poingam. In the morning, drive towards the East Coast which is spectacular and luxuriant with plenty of places to stop and admire the view. This drive will take you over the Col de Crève-Coeur (Heartbreak Peak), and the Col d’Amos (Amos Peak) with its panoramic views. As you travel towards Hienghène, you will follow the ‘New Caledonian cornice’ between the sea and the mountains, through the historic site of Balade and past the Colnett and Tao waterfalls. You will cross the Ouaième River on a picturesque barge that takes a couple of minutes. This barge is a vestige of the past and is the last one still operating in New Caledonia. Then continue your drive until you reach Hienghène. Free lunch (picnic on the way or at Hienghène – not included). 2pm - Boat trip around the Hienghène Bay (2 hours) Meeting at the diving centre. This trip begins by the sea where you can admire majestic cliffs of Lindéralique before to pass at the foot of the famous "brooden Hen" and discover the bay and the village of Hienghène. Then, you will join the river, where the mangrove swamp decorates the river banks of its tied vegetation. You can perceive the various sorts of mangroves (trees with roots stilts). Traditional outriggers, houses at the water's edge and traditional fishermen, bear witness to the lifestyle in tribe. French comments and anecdotes will be given to you throughout the trip. (Tour not available in English) Arrival at the Lodge (closed on Sunday). With bungalows perched on the village heights, facing the marina and the Hienghène River, the Ka Waboana Eco-Lodge offers an exceptional panoramic view. A stay at Ka Waboana Gite is all about indulging in a true local New Caledonia experience in the heart of nature. Dinner at the lodge’s restaurant (3 course menu). Accommodation in a superior bungalow at the Ka Waboana Lodge (for 2 persons) or in a family bungalow (for 3 or 4 persons).

Day 7: Hienghene - Poindimie (72 km / 1h) / Visit of the Kanak Tribe

Breakfast at Ka Waboana Lodge. Drive south to Poindimié. 9am - Meet your French-speaking guide at his welcome hut in Poindimié before driving to a tribe (the tribe will depend on availability) for a visit of the traditional Melanesian hut (called a "case") and participate to the customary gesture. In the tribe, you will be introduced to the coutume which is a pillar of Melanesian culture. It is a codified expression of consideration that is carried out in a simple manner with an elder of the tribe (the Petit Chef ‘Little Chief’ or Grand Chef ‘Big Chief’ depending on availabilty), or even with your host. You will be invited to offer a gift* to establish a privileged relationship with the people who host you and to show respect for their culture and traditions. The important part of a coutume is the gesture, more so than the cost of the objects given. A verbal exchange will follow the gift giving before you are welcomed onto their lands. Your guide will present you with a handmade woven hat, and you will enjoy fresh coconut water. Then you will watch the preparation of the bougna, a traditional dish made with different local vegetables (yams, taros, sweet potatoes, cassava…) and fish or meat to which fresh coconut milk is added before being wrapped in banana-tree leaves and cooked slowly in an underground oven covered by hot stones. While this delicious dish is being cooked, your guide will take you to visit a typical Melanesian ‘case’ or hut and explain the intricacies of its construction and its symbolic meaning. Your guide will explain the tribal way of life, their traditional culture and customs and the workings of a chiefdom. Then you will be taken to visit the yam field – a sacred root vegetable for Melanesians – and you will discover the local flora and medicinal plants. Bougna tasting (included) in the tribe at the end of your visit. Lunch at leisure. Afternoon free. Arrival at the Néwejie gîte. The gîte is located 2.5km up the Ina Valley and is nestled in quiet surroundings. You will be taken in by the gîte’s spicy colours, natural wood and Bali influences. You are free to dine where you choose.Our suggestion is to book dinner at Simone’s Table d’hôte (small B&B style of dining) at Nessapoué which is only 5 minute driving from your gîte – you will need to book in advance. (Not included) Accommodation at the Néwejie Gîte in a superior bungalow (with individual sanitary amenites outside of the room ; for 2 or 3 persons) or in a comfort bungalow (with common sanitary amenites outside of the room; for 4 persons) * The items required for a customary gesture (long piece of material called a ‘manou’ / tabacco / packet of rice / packet of sugar) are provided for you in your package. It is possible for participants to bring their own gift (such as a souvenir from your home country, a tee-shirt or food…)

Day 8: Poindimie / A Robinson Crusoe-type day on an island

Continental breakfast at your gîte. 7.30am - Meet at the Poindimié pier and climb aboard the boat that will take you and your guide to îlot Tibarama (Tibarama Island). This island is a 10 minute cruise from the shore and is covered in century old trees that are quite exceptional. Have a wander around the island and discover the flora and fauna on the botanical path. When back at the ‘campsite’, you can drink from green coconuts and share a non-alcoholic aperitif that will be waiting for you. You can participate in preparing the ‘outback’-style lunch: help build a campfire, husk and rasp a coconut to extract the liquid, make a raw-fish salad, look after the barbecue. You will be initiated in the techniques of traditional fishing: casting the net, laying the fishing net and driving the fish into the nets. Your guide will demonstrate how to climb a coconut tree then it will be your turn to have a go, if you want! After lunch you can relax on the island before heading back to the mainland around 4pm. Your choice of dinner plans. We recommend the restaurant at the Tiéti Hotel in Poindimié – a 15 minute drive from your gîte. (Not included in the package) Accommodation at the Néwejie Gîte in a superior bungalow (with individual sanitary amenites outside of the room ; for 2 or 3 persons) or in a comfort bungalow (with common sanitary amenites outside of the room ; for 4 persons)

Day 9: Poindimie - Sarramea (200km / 2h40)

Continental breakfast at your gîte. Leave the East Coast in the morning and head south in the direction of Sarraméa via the Houailou-Bourail traverse road. This very picturesque route goes along the waterfront, takes you through several villages and tribes and over the mouths of majestic rivers before climbing up and over the ‘La Chaîne’ - the mountainous relief that stretches from the north to the south of the Grande Terre – at the Col des Roussettes (Fruit Bat Peak). The road then descends into the grassy plains of the West Coast. Lunch at leisure. Suggestion n°1 - If you like, you can experience nature at the Parc des Grandes Fougères (Great Ferns Park) – entry fee not included. This park is situated in Farino, the least populated and highest settlement in New Caledonia. It offers a diverse range of ecosystems that are crowned by large tree ferns. There are many pathways throughout the park for walking or biking. There are no cafés in the park so you will need to purchase your picnic lunch (not included) before arriving at the park – in Bourail for example. Suggestion n°2 - Excursion in Sarraméa. There are a number of activities available to you in Sarraméa: treks on a quad bike or horse ride, visit the Fonwhary orchard (booking necessary – not included), swim at the Trou Feuillet (Feuillet swimming hole). You can have lunch at La Foa or at Mamie Fogliani’s guest house in Farino (advance booking necessary – not included in the package). Arrival at your B&B. Rooms are available in this beautiful family home that sits on a 70 hectare wooded property which used to be a coffee plantation. There are also two Melanesian-style bungalows that adjoin the main building and that have striking four-poster wooden beds in a decorative style inspired from the colonial era. You are free for dinner and we would recommend dining at Délices des Jumelles where you eat in the faré. Advance booking is essential. (Not included in the package) Accommodation at the Domaine de Méranki in a Melanesian Bungalow (private amenities outside of the bungalow ; for 2 or 3 persons) or in the tall guest room (for 4 persons)

Day 10: Sarramea - Noumea (130 km / 2h)

Continental breakfast at the Domaine de Méranki. Drive back to Noumea. Return your rental car to one of the following places: Magenta Domestic Airport - if you are extending you trip and travelling to the islands At your hotel in Noumea At Tontouta International Airport (extra tax airport, not included in package's rates)

North province of New Caledonia

North province of New Caledonia

The Northern Province is well known for its wild beauty, scenery and exciting activities. With this self-drive tour you can enjoy the region in whatever way you wish. You can meet the locals, go diving, hiking or explore the open plains of the west coast, or the tropical waterfalls of the east. Once you’ve got your own set of wheels, all you need to do is head out and explore.


The capital of New Caledonia, Noumea is a little piece of France in the middle of the Coral Sea. With its French Riviera atmosphere and its luxury boutiques, Noumea deserves this title without a doubt. However, this sprawling city has a thousand other facets that make it the capital of the Pacific, with mixed cultural influences. Founded in 1860, Noumea blends together heritage, entertainment and leisure activities.
LaCity Travel - Traveller Tips for New Caledonia

GEOGRAPHY: New Caledonia is located 21° South, 165° degrees East, and lies just North of the Tropic of Capricorn.   

VISAS: New Caledonia tourist visa is not required for citizens of Australia for a stay up to 90 days, although you will need to have a return ticket. All passports must be valid for 6 months from the date of the arrival. Some other nationalities may require a visa. For further information please contact the French consulate website or your travel consultant.  

MONEY: 1 AUD = 77.84197 XPF (15/12/2013).As in French Polynesia, the local currency is the French Pacific Franc (CFP or XPF), it is divided into 1,2,5,10,20,50 and 100 Franc coins and 500, 10001 5000 and 10000 Franc notes. All banks, are French. Banks operating in New Caledonia include the Banque National de Paris-NC, Banque Calédonienne d’Investissement, (BCI), Banque de Nouvelle Calédonie, Caisse d’Epargne and Société Générale Calédonienne de banque. Banks are open between 8.30am to 4.00pm, Monday to Friday. Most credit cards are accepted (Visa, Mastercard, Eurocard, American Express not always).   

ELECTRICITY: New Caledonia’s power supply is 220/240 volts, 60Hz 1, 3 phases, 2, 3, 4 wires. The two-pin plugs are the most common.   

CLOTHING: Light, summer-style clothes are appropriate with casual but elegant dress for the evenings. In the cooler months, a sweater or light jacket is recommended.  

CLIMATE / WEATHER: New Caledonia enjoys a semi-tropical climate. The warm season extends from September to March with average temperatures of up to 27 degrees Celsius. The green season from April to August, has average temperatures of around 20 to 23 degrees Celsius.   

TIME DIFFERENCE: Local time in New Caledonia is normally one hour ahead of Australian Eastern Standard Time. During the Daylight Saving Time period, the time in New Caledonia remains one hour ahead of Queensland but is then on the same time as New South Wales and Victoria. New Caledonia is 1 hour behind New Zealand time, and 2 hours during the Daylight Saving.   

LANGUAGE: French is the official language but English is widely spoken. There are 30 different Melanesian dialects. A few phrases in French are always welcomed by the locals.    

ACCOMMODATION: All our hotels have been especially selected. New Caledonia offers a vast array of accommodation options from 5 star hotels, to luxury apartments, to simple rural lodgings and camping sites.   

FOOD / DRINK: There are numerous fine-dining restaurants stressing French cuisine, along with outdoor dining and snack bars. At night, Nouméa comes alive with an array of nightclubs, bars and discos. Over 140 restaurants serve an array of cuisines including French Provincial, Indonesian, Chinese, Italian, West Indian, Mexican, North African and seafood.   

RELIGION: Largely Roman Catholic, then Protestant although such other religions as Mormon, Baha’I, Muslim and Jewish are also represented.   

HISTORY: New Caledonia was settled by the Lapita people about 1500BC, with archeological sites found at Kone and on the Isle of Pines. Captain Cook aboard HMS Resolution, landed in the Bay of Balade on the North-east coast in 1774. He named the archipelago he discovered, New Caledonia in memory of Scotland. In 1853, under the rule of Napoleon III, the island was officially declared French by Admiral Febvrier-Despointes. It became a French Overseas Territory in 1946. During the World War II, New Caledonia became a centre for the US war effort.   

SHOPPING: Thursday in the City markets and the Maison des Artisans are popular places to meet with local artisans and buy their wares. A wide range of French and European goods including high fashion, leather goods, jewellery, perfume and china is available at duty-free prices. Such an extensive range in many shops has led New Caledonia to be known as the Paris of the Pacific. There are about 40 duty-free shops, mainly in the centre of Noumea, offering reductions of up to 30 per cent on regular prices.   

January 1 – New Year's Day 
May 1 – French Labour Day 
July 14 – Bastille Day 
August 15 – Assumption Day 
September 24 – New Caledonia Day 
November 1 – All Saints’ Day 
November 11 – Armistice Day 
December 25/26 – Christmas   

POSTAL SERVICES: OPT (Office des Postes et Télécommunications) offices are located throughout New Caledonia. Offices are generally open Monday to Friday from 7.00am to 3.00pm.    

HEALTH: There is no requirement. However, up-to-date vaccinations for diphtheria, tetanus and poliomyelitis are recommended.   

SAFETY / SECURITY: We advise you to exercise normal safety precautions in New Caledonia. Exercise common sense and look out for suspicious behaviour, as you would in Australia. Cyclone season in New Caledonia is from November to April, however, tropical storms and cyclones may also occur in other months. See under Additional information: Natural disasters, severe weather and climate for further information. Local authorities have declared an epidemic of dengue fever and have issued a health alert for another mosquito-borne disease, chikungunya. Local authorities have dengue fever and chikungunya prevention measures in place.   

MEDICAL SERVICES: The central hospital in Noumea is the Centre Hospitalier Territorial (CHT), with regional hospitals in Koumac and Poindimié. There are also a number of private hospitals and clinics.   

AIRLINES:     International: New Caledonia’s national airline is Aircalin. Other Airlines serving New Caledonia include Air France, Air New Zealand, Air Vanuatu and Quantas.                 
                     Domestic: Domestic flights are operated by Air Calédonie with regular services from Nouméa to airfields on the island, Isle of Pines and Loyalty Islands.  

INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT: La Tontouta (otherwise known as Tontouta International Airport), is 50 kilometres from Noumea.   

TRAVEL INSURANCE: All passengers must have comprehensive travel insurance. You can complete this with LaCity Travel if you wish. Check your Travel Insurance Policy for an Emergency number and details of services to be provided, Carry these details with you.   

Australian Consulate-General, Noumea 
7th Floor, Immeuble Foch
19 Avenue du Maréchal Foch
Telephone (687) 27 24 14
Facsimile (687) 27 80 01
Website www.noumea.consulate.gov.au
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Departure recommended on Wednesday and Thursday.

Not included in this program

  • International flights
  • Dinners (Days 7-10 inclusive) and drinks (unless otherwise stated)
  • Lunch (Days 1, 3-6, 9 & 10 inclusive) and drinks (unless otherwise stated)
  • Visits not mentioned or suggested in the programme (Niaouli distillery, Fort Teremba, Coffee EcoMuseum, Parc des Grandes Fougères…)
  • Deposit for rental cars
  • Petrol costs
  • Personal expenses

1. We do not recommend our clients stay in gîtes on the following dates: 24, 25, 31 December and 1 January.
2. Excursions are combined activities (other customers may participate) and require a minimum of 2 participants.

3. New Caledonia Voyages is not liable in the case of adverse weather conditions. 

Terms and Conditions
Prices are in AUD, subject to availability at time of booking and for new bookings only.The above prices are per person twin-share and valid for travel and booking until 31 March 2018. Blackout dates: From 14 december 2017 to 02 january 2018. Discounts are already included in costs. All prices are subject to change at any time without notice. Conditions, amendment and cancellation fees apply. Travel insurance is strongly recommended.