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Melanesian Immersion - 12 Day Self Drive

Melanesian Immersion - 12 Day Self Drive

11 nights from
$4,199 PP twin share
 
  • Package Type
    Self-Drive
  • NCTC Main Accommodation
    Nouvata
  • Book Before
    02 Dec 2019
  • Departs from
    Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne
  • Travel From
    01 Oct 2019
  • Travel Until
    31 Mar 2020
11 nights from
$4,199 PP twin share
 
  • Package Type
    Self-Drive
  • NCTC Main Accommodation
    Nouvata
  • Book Before
    02 Dec 2019
  • Departs from
    Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne
  • Travel From
    01 Oct 2019
  • Travel Until
    31 Mar 2020
Description 

Hit the road and immerse in New Caledonia’s striking views, untamed landscape and alluring culture. Discover the true Melanesian culture with this authentic 12-day Self Drive Tour which is filled with incredible activities! Visit a real-life tribe in Poindimie and prepare a traditional Bougna which is cooked on hot coals and wrapped in banana leaves. Enjoy a day out on the UNESCO Bourail Lagoon and learn about the protected loggerhead turtles. Visit the Great South with your private Guide and see the vast changes of scenery with the bright Red Soil, Green dense vegetation and the dark blue sea. This tour has everything you need to enjoy a trip to New Caledonia that you will never forget!  

  • Package Highlights
    ACCOMMODATIONACCOMMODATION 2 nights in Hienghene at Koulnoue VillageACCOMMODATIONACCOMMODATION 4 nights in Noumea at Nouvata ACCOMMODATIONACCOMMODATION 2 nights in Bourail at Nekweta LodgeACCOMMODATIONACCOMMODATION 1 night in La Foa at Banian-tree GuesthouseACCOMMODATIONACCOMMODATION 1 night in Poindimie in Hotel TietiACCOMMODATIONACCOMMODATION 1 night in Poum at Malabou Beach Hotel AIRFARESAIRFARES International Flights to Noumea with Aircalin includedBONUSBONUS Fully-detailed road-book in English CARCAR 8 Day Car Hire - Subaru XV automatic gear, unlimited mileage, full-cover insuranceMEALSMEALS 3 Lunches includedMEALSMEALS 7 Breakfasts includedTOURTOUR Full Day guided tour of The Great SouthTOURTOUR Half Day Eco-discovery boat tour in Bourail to learn about the loggerhead turtlesTOURTOUR Half Day Introductory Noumea Tour including Tjibaou Cultural CentreTOURTOUR Traditional Tribal visit in Poindimie with Bougna preparation

Summary

  • Return Economy Class Flights with Aircalin to Noumea
  • Shared transfer from Tontouta International Airport to Noumea Hotel 
  • 2 nights in Noumea at Nouvata Hotel in a Comfort Room
  • TOUR: Half Day Introductory Noumea Tour including Tjibaou Cultural Centre
  • 8 days Car Hire - Subaru XV automatic gear, unlimited mileage, full-cover insurance
  • 2 nights in Bourail at Nekweta Lodge in a Tropical Double bedroom with en-suite
  • TOUR: Eco-discovery boat tour in Bourail to learn about the loggerhead turtles
  • 1 night in Poum at Malabou Beach Hotel in a Private Garden Bungalow
  • 2 nights in Hienghene at Koulnoue Village in a Private Garden Bungalow
  • TOUR: Traditional Tribal visit in Poindimie with Bougna preparation
  • 1  night in Poindimie at Tieti Hotel in Private Garden Bungalow
  • 1 night in La Foa at Banian-tree Guesthouse in a Private Bungalow 
  • 2 nights in Noumea at Nouvata Hotel in a Comfort Room
  • TOUR: Full Day Guided Tour of the Great South
  • Shared transfer from Noumea Hotel to Tontouta International Airport

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival and Discover Noumea

Shared transfer from Tontouta International Airport to Nouvata Hotel in Noumea.

Night at Nouvata Hotel – Comfort Room

Day 2:  Half Day Introductory Tour

Enjoy Noumea at your pace this morning.

TOUR: Introductory Tour of Noumea including Tjibaou Cultural Centre

There’s no better way to apprehend the complex Melanesian civilisation than to start by a guided visit of the iconic Tjibaou Cultural Center, led in English by your private guide. Your driver will give you an insight into Noumena’s colonial past by showing you some of the nicest pioneer houses of Faubourg Blanchot, one of Noumea’s oldest neighbourhoods, as well as an access to the best lookouts around town. 5.30/6.00PM: back to your hotel.

Night at Nouvata Hotel – Comfort Room

 

Day 3: Noumea to Bourail drive (180km, about 2 hours)

Your Car will be delivered to your hotel this morning.Start Your drive up North to Bourail. 

Suggested stops: Ouano Beach, La Foa historic buildings (Margaret Bridge, Banu Hotel), Fort Teremba in Moindou (a former penitentiary turned into a museum about New Caledonia history and the 1878 Kanak uprising led by Chief Ataï), ANZAC WWII Cemetery in Bourail.

Activities in Bourail: Walking the 3-Bays Track or Ouakoue Trail, taking a glass-bottom boat tour on Poe Lagoon and Horse ride on Deva Domain.

Night at Nekweta (which means Respect the Ocean) Lodge in a Tropical Double Bedroom with en-suite bathroom.

 

Day 4: Reconnect with Nature (Bourail)

Continental Breakfast served at the lodge.

TOUR: Boat Tour on the lagoon of Bourail and admire the dozens of turtles from a secret spot.

The owner of the lodge, Manu is also a taxi-boat operator and the president of a long -established local association dealing with the conservation of loggerhead turtles. The nearby beach is the second largest nesting site for these turtles, the first one being Mon Repos beach in Northern Queensland.

Eventually, top up that memorable experience by planting a tree on the edge of the local beach, as part of Manu’s association efforts to prevent the erosion of the beach, thus helping the turtles to preserve their nesting spots.

Lunch is included and served at the lodge right after the excursion.

Night at Nekweta Lodge in a Tropical Double Bedroom with en-suite bathroom.

 

Day 5: Bourail to Poum drive (250km, about 3 hours)

Continental Breakfast served at the lodge.

Whenever your feel like hitting the road, undertake the long drive to Poum. The journey will take you across the Far West style landscapes of the West Coast, home to Cattle farmers descending from the old-time pioneers and convicts.

Optional extra:On your way North, you may wish to book a duo ultra-light flight over the Famous Heart of Voh. This attraction is probable the most unmissable in the North Province, during a full hour you shall enjoy a quiet flight over the lagoon the most famous Heart of Voh.  It is 100% natural heart-shaped clearing in the mangroves designed by hundreds of years of low and high tides. Each passenger seats in his/her own aircraft with their pilot and the radio communication between the two aircrafts allows you to share this unforgettable moment.

Suggestion: If you leave Bourail early enough you may want to spend the afternoon on the property of Relais de Poingam, a very nice an unexpected tribal lodge located at the northernmost tip of the mainland. This place boats great hiking trails of easy access with scenic vistas over the Northern Lagoon. You may see wild horses, wander among the organic saltmarshes that the locals exploit there, and treat yourself with a mouth-watering steam cooked mud crab served at the restaurant of the lodge.

Lunch and dinner at your convenience.

Night at Malabou Beach Hotel in a Private Garden Bungalow

 

Day 6: Explore the Great North and Poum to Hienghene drive (180km, approx. 3hours)

Buffet breakfast served at the hotel.

In the morning, if you have not done it the day before, we advise you to extend your road trip a few miles further up North, to discover the unique setting of Poingam.

Once you have explored the region by and large, take the scenic drive to Hienghène village through the North-Eastern Coast, passing by the spectacular Tao Waterfall (swimming is advised !), crossing the Ouaïème river on the last ferry barge still in service, and admiring the coastal vistas on the way. You may also want to have a devoting stop at Ouaré Mission church, one of the oldest in the country.

Lunch & Dinner at your convenience.

Night at Koulnoue Village in a Private Garden Bungalow

 

Day 7: Hienghene

Buffet breakfast served at the Hotel.

After 2 days of quiet long driving times, now is time for some more low-pace tourism; you have the whole day to explore the wonders around Hienghene. Whichever way you choose to enjoy them, by car, foot or kayak, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from.

Suggestion: A gentle hike up the Ga Wivaek Pass to see the lookout over the Broody Hen Rock formation and the impressive Lindéralique cliffs.  Hire a Kayak from the operator next door to your hotel and take a self-guided ride on the calm and shallow waters of the Lindéralique laguna. You could also choose to go out to one of the nearby postcard islands, topped by a lunch on the beach made of fresh grilled fish.

Lunch and Dinner at your convenience.

Night at Koulnoue Village in a Private Garden Bungalow

 

Day 8: Hienghene to Poindimie drive (73km, approx. 1hour)

Buffet Breakfast at your hotel.

You may want to complete the rest of the activities that you did not have time to enjoy the day before.

Drive your rental car down south to Poindimie.

Lunch and Dinner at your convenience.

Night at Tieti Hotel in a Private Garden Bungalow

 

Day 9: Tribal immersion in Poindimie, drive Poindimie to La Foa (195km, approx. 3hours)

Buffet Breakfast served at your hotel.

TOUR: Tribal immersion with Bougna preparation and a guided walk through the village.

You shall be welcomed in a Napoémien tribe, by Jehudit, the customary chief of that tiny Melanesian village nested in a lush valley. Jehudit will teach you how to prepare the Bougna, the traditional kanak dish by excellence: cut the yams, taros and  sweet potatoes with he and his wife Priscilla, add the wild freshwater shrimps (or chicken if you prefer), grate some coconuts and pour the coconut milk on top of that typical stew. Pack it all up by tying the coconut tree leaves to close the container made of banana tree leaves, and then put that whole big natural steam-cooker inside an underground oven covered with hot stones and paperback tea-tree bark.

While the dish is slowly cooking, you will be guided by Jehudit across his tribe: he shall teach you a lot about the local customs, the sometimes-harsh history of the region and the tribal lifestyle, not to mention the local flora and fauna. End your journey inside the tribe by a stop at some millennial petroglyphs carved by Jehudit’s ancestors on some hidden rocks, and then get back to the open-air kitchen to unearth the Bougna and enjoy it, accompanied by some fresh passion fruit juice and wild lemon syrup.

By 1.30 / 2.00PM, it will be time to leave your hosts after a final greeting. You shall feel like you’ve known them for years!

Suggestion: In the afternoon, we suggest you take another route to reach Bourail, first along the East Coast down to ouaïlou, and then following a different crossing than the one you have travelled on your way North, through « Col des Roussettes ». Drive across Bourail village, and go on to La Foa village, another 40 minutes further.

Dinner at your convenience (pre-booking is advised if you wish to enjoy the fine local cuisine of Annick, your host for the night in La Foa).

Night at La Table du Banian (Banian-tree Guesthouse) in a private bungalow overlooking the Pocquereux valley.

 

Day 10: La Foa to Noumea Drive (110km, approx. 1 hour)

Home-made continental Breakfast served at the lodge.

Take your time to explore the region’s hidden gems like the Great Ferns National Park in Farino.
Lunch at your convenience.

Drive to Noumea in the afternoon, to spend a free afternoon in the capital city going shopping, wandering in the shade of the flame trees that dot Coconut Tree Square, or enjoying an ice-cream on one of the numerous terraces outside the restaurants of Lemon Bay or Anse Vata.

In the late afternoon, just drop your car at your hotel, the rental car company is going to take care of it.

Night at Nouvata Hotel in a Comfort Room

 

Day 11: Guided Great South Tour

TOUR: Private Great South Tour

At 8am your private English-fluent local guide will take you on a hassle-free tour around the Amazing Great South landscapes. Nowhere else in New Caledonia will you enjoy such a contrast of colours, ranging from the dark blue of the sea, to the sharp red of the iron-rich soils making the South so unique, through the green of the mostly-endemic bushes that make up the dense vegetation of that area.

Your driver, whose family is actually linked to the customary chiefs of that southern end of the mainland, will bring you to places you could not have imagined exploring by yourself, such as some subsistence fields in the local tribes, and an open-air workshop where youngsters from Goro tribe carve their traditional outriggers.

A full-course lunch is included for that full-day tour, and will be taken in a very nice seaside tribal restaurant.

In the afternoon, your guide shall drive you back to Nouméa through different roads, stopping at numerous lookouts and at the abandoned village of Prony, that used to shelter not less than a penitentiary, a sawmill and a timber exploitation in turn over the past 150 years!

Dinner at your convenience.

Night at Nouvata Hotel in a Comfort Room

 

Day 12:  Return flight to Australia

Shared transfer from Nouvata Hotel to Tontouta Airport

PRICE AND TRAVEL DATES:

Travel Departures: 01OCT19 until 15DEC19 | 07JAN20 until 31MAR20

  • From $4,199 per person twin share

(Surcharges and blackout dates apply for school holidays/peak season-festive season) 

UPGRADES:

  • Upgrade to Return Private VIP Airport Transfers

  • Add on Duo Ultra-light flight over the Heart of Voh

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Your Accommodation

Nouvata | Located in Noumea
All the Essentials

Overlooking Anse Vata Bay, with a shopping complex and 10 minutes to Nouméa. L'Equilibre restaurant, Le Code beach bar and cultural shows. Large function rooms, business amenities and water activities are also available.

 
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  • Central location
  • 2* & 3* room categories
  • Opposite the lagoon at Anse Vata Bay
  • Function rooms and business amenities
  • Honeymoon Gifts
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  • Central location
  • 2* & 3* room categories
  • Opposite the lagoon at Anse Vata Bay
  • Function rooms and business amenities
  • Honeymoon Gifts
  • Bonus Offers
Hotel Tieti | Located in Poindimie
All the Essentials

Perched above a UNESCO world heritage lagoon, surrounded by woodlands of banyan trees, coconut palms and villages of native ancestral tribes. Tieti Hotel offers a secluded and deeply cultural and experience with free private parking and tours.

 
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  • Functions and events rooms + parking
  • Beach, pool activities and babysitting service 
  • 2.7 hectares of nature and local villages
  • Architecture inspired by native Barringtonia fruit
  • Honeymoon Gifts
  • Bonus Offers
  • Functions and events rooms + parking
  • Beach, pool activities and babysitting service 
  • 2.7 hectares of nature and local villages
  • Architecture inspired by native Barringtonia fruit
  • Honeymoon Gifts
  • Bonus Offers

Your Destination

Noumea

From spectacular white sandy beaches to well-preserved historic buildings with a beautiful French feel, New Caledonia’s capital city Noumea is a perfect combination of South Pacific hospitality and European elegance.

 
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West Coast

The West Coast is cowboy country, with the landscape mainly composed of vast plains used for livestock farming, and a coastline dotted with mangrove swamps and shallow bays.

 
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