12 days in New Caledonia Itinerary

12 days in New Caledonia Itinerary

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12 days in New Caledonia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Lifou
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Mare
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
3
Ile Des Pins
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h
4
Noumea, Grand Terre
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Sydney

2
nights
Lifou

Lifou ©
On the 9th (Thu), stroll through Plage de Luengoni and then enjoy the sand and surf at Easo Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame de Lourdes, enjoy the sand and surf at Baie de Jinek, and then stroll through Les Joyaux de Luengoni.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Lifou holiday app .

Sydney, Australia to Lifou is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Lifou due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Mare.

Things to do in Lifou

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Plage de Luengoni ©
Plage de Luengoni
Baie de Jinek ©
Baie de Jinek
Easo Beach ©
Easo Beach

1
night
Mare

Mare
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): kick back and relax at Yejele Beach.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Mare trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Lifou to Mare in 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Mare can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Ile Des Pins.

Things to do in Mare

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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3
nights
Ile Des Pins

Ile Des Pins ©
Just a little way off the southern end of Grand Terre, Île des Pins (the Isle of Pines) gets its name from the tall columnar pines that stick out of the surrounding vegetation like bristles on a brush.
Explore hidden gems such as Kuto Bay and Pic N'Ga. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Oro Bay and Piscine Naturelle. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Upi Bay, get outside with Nokanhoui, head off the coast to Isle of Pines, and explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte de Hortense.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Ile Des Pins trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Mare to Ile Des Pins in 3 hours. In January in Ile Des Pins, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Noumea.

Things to do in Ile Des Pins

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Kuto Bay ©
Kuto Bay
Oro Bay ©
Oro Bay
Pic N'Ga ©
Pic N'Ga

5
nights
Noumea, Grand Terre

Capital of New Caledonia, Nouméa sits on a large peninsula of attractive, snaking bays.
Take a break from the city and head to Promenade Pierre-Vernier and Parc Provincial de la Riviere Bleue. Explore hidden gems such as Dolphin & Whale Watching and Canons du Ouen Toro. Get out of town with these interesting Noumea side-trips: Fort Teremba (in La Foa) and Parc des Grandes Fougeres (in Farino). Next up on the itinerary: see Off-Road Tours, stop by Maison de la Perle, take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Ville de Noumea, and learn about all things military at Le Musee Maritime de Nouvelle-Caledonie.

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Noumea itinerary planner.

Getting from Ile Des Pins to Noumea by combination of taxi and flight takes about an hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Noumea

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Fort Teremba, Parc des Grandes Fougeres, Parc Provincial de la Riviere Bleue
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Parc des Grandes Fougeres ©
Parc des Grandes Fougeres

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