Best described as a mountain village, Farino is only a 15-minute drive from La Foa, but it feels like a different world. New Caledonia's smallest district, Farino split from La Foa in 1911 and took its name from a synthesis of the name of a local Kanak clan and Farinole in Corsica, where many immigrants came from.
The road climbs steeply until you are presented with a majestic viewpoint over the plains and out to the lagoon from the Town Hall, at an altitude of 350m. Farino is known as the gateway to the Park of Great Ferns, but you'd better stock up in La Foa as there are no shops here. There is a market on the second Sunday of each month.