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New Caledonia Travel Guide


You can hike across the mountains from Voh to the Hienghène valley along the "Chemin des Arabes" in a couple of days. The trail begins at Pouépaï, with access from Voh on a rough road.

Palm-fringed Plage de Gatope, five km west of the war memorial in Voh (keep left where the roads divide), beach is pretty. On weekends it can get crowded with local picnickers.


The 100-km road southeast from Koumac to Koné offers only occasional gum trees to break the monotony—this is cattle country.

Koné (population 5,000) is the capital of the North Province and a growing administrative center; several banks are here. Koné market is Saturday mornings (just down the road to Baco).

Although Koné has some appeal, the main reasons for stopping are the horseback expeditions organized by two local companies. Both offer weeklong excursions across the mountains from Koné to Hienghène and back, or shorter three-day rides into the Pamalé Valley. The three-day ride to Atéou and Paoué or the five-day trip to Tipindjé in the Hienghène Valley must be booked in advance through a travel agent in Nouméa. If you're looking to join a group, weekends are best.

Niaouli Tree
New Caledonia's niaouli.

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