Places in Grande Terre
The Far South
The far south feels like a remote wilderness. The vast, empty region is characterised by its hardy scrub vegetation and red soil, and offers a wide range of activities including hiking, kayaking, abseiling and mountain biking. If you are looking for a bit of action and adventure, head to the far south.
The stunning coastline here is edged by foothills covered in lush vegetation, gentle rivers, fascinating rock formations, waterfalls and deserted beaches. Visitors can experience traditional Kanak life in a tribu plus there are nature trails to suit all levels of fitness, from 20-minute walks to hikes lasting several days.
Bourail & Around
With a rural atmosphere and strong Caldoche community, Bourail is the next biggest town on Grande Terre after Noumea. The main road crosses the Néra River bridge at the southern end of town, and the turn-off to La Roche Percée, New Caledonia’s only surf beach, and Poé beach is immediately after the bridge.
Tips and articles
Vanuatu & New Caledonia: travel books to read before you go
This excerpt from Lonely Planet’s Vanuatu & New Caledonia guide provides a selection of travel literature to get you in the mood for your trip...