This self-drive holiday is the perfect way to discover the delights of the Deep South.  Welcome to the red immensity ... But also the blue and green of the southern Grande Terre: the natural park of the Blue River, the falls of the Madeleine, the Bay of Prony and the ruins of the prison, the drowned forest, the large reefs of the south, the hiking trails of Grande Randonnée, the Plaines of Lakes. 

Break in the Deep South

Land Only Private Tour - Self drive

Duration : 4 DAYSPrice : FROM $629Country : NEW CALEDONIA
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Tropical bungalow at Kanua Ecolodge , South New Caledonia
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The Deep South is a paradise for hikers, but also for botanists and dreamers. Welcome to the red immensity ... But also the blue and green of the southern Grande Terre: the natural park of the Rivière Bleue (Blue River), the falls of the Madeleine, the Bay of Prony and the ruins of the prison, the drowned forest, the large reefs of the south, the hiking trails of Grande Randonnée, Plaine des Lacs (the Plaines of Lakes). Typical to all major sites, immutable and eternal, every moment of the day, each season, and each time variation alters the vision, the light and the feeling. In these landscapes reminding us of the creation of the world, we find at each step a magnificent flora.

Included in the price

  • Rental car from Day 1 to Day 4, Collision Damage Waiver and unlimited kilometres, Category B car (206 / C3 / Clio - or similar - AC). Pick up and Drop off at your hotel in Noumea.
  • 3 nights’ accommodation staying in a Melanesian Bungalow at Kanua Tera Ecolodge 3*
  • Buffet breakfast daily

Day 1: Noumea - The Deep South

Pick up your rental car from your hotel and start your journey into the heart of the Great South. Take this day to spend as you wish. Among the wonderful activities you could enjoy are: the natural park of the Blue River, the falls of the Madeleine, the Bay of Prony and the ruins of the prison, the drowned forest, the large reefs of the south, the hiking trails of Grande Randonnée, the Plaines of Lakes. You will then spend 3 nights in a Melanesian Bungalow at the Kanua Ecolodge (3-star). This gorgeous resort is located right on the beach giving you wonderful views of the sea. Each day you’ll enjoy a buffet breakfast and be left to choose any activities you want.

Day 2 & Day 3: The Deep South

Daily buffet breakfast at the restaurant of your hotel. Days at leisure. Boat trips can be arranged by the on-site tour desk. For those wishing to keep active, a number of hiking trails surround the property. Free snorkelling is also available. Ka Ma Restaurant and Bar is open daily and offers delicious New Caledonian cuisine including succulent seafood. Delicious cocktails can also be ordered. Kanua Tera Ecolodge Yate is a 25-minute drive from N’Doua Cape Lighthouse. Nights in Melanesian Bungalow at Kanua Ecolodge (3*).

Day 4: The Deep South - Noumea

Buffet breakfast at the restaurant of your hotel. Day at leisure. You have the possibility to stop at different points of interest where you didn't have time to stop before. Back to Nouméa to drop off your car rental.

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 optionsfrom 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.   

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS:  
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.   

TIPPING: None   

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
Noumea, NEW CALEDONIA 
Telephone (687) 27 24 14
Facsimile (687) 27 80 01
Website 
www.noumea.consulate.gov.au  
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Break in the South - 4D/ 3N

$629

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Price does not include
 

International flights
The activities and excursions recommended in the itinerary
Any lunch or dinner
Personnal expenses
Travel insurance
Extra fees for airport pick up and drop off


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 until 31 March 2018. Free nights & 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.