Welcome to North of Hienghène
It's a captivating journey. A three-car ferry carries vehicles across the Ouaïème River, 17km northwest of Hienghène. It’s free, runs 24 hours a day, and the crossing is a highlight. Expect to see roadside stalls selling fruit and carvings outside local thatched dwellings. Take care on one-lane bridges and watch out for dogs and chickens.
The area around Pouébo and Balade is a fascinating historical hotspot with places that mark the first contact between the Europeans and local Melanesians. While the Ouvanou Memorial is carefully tended by local Kanaks, other monuments celebrating European arrival and French annexation of New Caledonia have been left to virtually disappear in the undergrowth.