Koné, the Northern Province capital, is on RT1, 274km northwest of Noumea. It has all to be expected of a growing rural town, including a post office, gendarmerie, a clinic, a pharmacy, supermarkets and banks with ATMs.
One claim to fame is that the term 'Lapita' was coined by archaeologists during a 1952 excavation near Koné on the Foué peninsula. On mishearing a word in the local Haveke language, which means 'to dig a hole', the terms 'Lapita' and 'Lapita pottery' became commonly used in research on the early peopling of the Pacific islands. So-called 'Lapita sites' have been uncovered in Melanesia and as far away as Tonga and Samoa.