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Melanesian Immersion - 7 Day Self Drive

Melanesian Immersion - 7 Day Self Drive

6 nights from
$2,799 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
6 nights from
$2,799 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 7-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. This tour has everything you need to enjoy a trip to New Caledonia that you will never forget!  

  • Package Highlights
    ACCOMMODATIONACCOMMODATION 1 night in Bourail at Nekweta LodgeACCOMMODATIONACCOMMODATION 1 night in Hienghene at Koulnoue VillageACCOMMODATIONACCOMMODATION 1 night in La Foa at Banian-tree GuesthouseACCOMMODATIONACCOMMODATION 1 night in Poindimie in Hotel TietiACCOMMODATIONACCOMMODATION 2 nights in Noumea at Nouvata Hotel AIRFARESAIRFARES International Flights to Noumea with Aircalin includedBONUSBONUS 2 Lunches includedBONUSBONUS 4 Breakfasts includedBONUSBONUS Fully-detailed road-book in English CAR HIRECAR HIRE 5 Days Car Hire - Subaru XV automatic gear, unlimited mileage, full-cover insuranceTOURTOUR 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
  • Private VIP 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
  • 5 days Car Hire - Subaru XV automatic gear, unlimited mileage, full-cover insurance
  • 1 night 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 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 

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival and Discover Noumea

Private VIP 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) and Bourail to Hienghene drive (220km, approx. 3hours)

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.

In the afternoon, start your drive to Hienghene. The journey itself is a pleasure, with serval great vistas along the way, especially during the crossing from Kone to East Coast, on the scenic Kone-Tiwaka road.

Dinner at your convenience.

Night at Koulnoue Village in a Private Garden Bungalow

Day 5: Sightseeing in Hienghene and Hienghene to Poindimie drive (73km, approx. 1hour)

Buffet Breakfast served at the lodge.

You have the whole day to explore the wonders around Hienghene. Whichever way you choose to enjoy them, by car, foot or on 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.

At your own time, take your rental car to drive down to Poindimie.

Night at Hotel Tieti in a Private Garden Bungalow

Day 6: Tribal immersion in Poindimie and Poindimie to La Foa drive (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 7: La Foa to Tontouta International Airport (65km, approx. 45minutes)

Home-made continental Breakfast served at the lodge.

At your own pace, depending on your flight schedule, drive the last miles to Tontouta International Airport to check in your luggage and board your return flight to Australia. Drop your rental car at the airport, leaving the keys to the rental company’s employee who shall wait for you there.

PRICE AND TRAVEL DATES:

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

  • From $2,799 per person twin share

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

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*Conditions Apply. Packages on sale until 2 December 2019 or sold out prior. Travel dates valid as indicated.  Package prices are subject to availability at the time of booking. Airfares based on Aircalin Sale Fare ex Sydney and must be purchased as part of a package (blackout dates apply). Please ask our New Caledonia specialists for pricing from other departure cities. Airfares and taxes are subject to change at any time without notice. Holiday package prices are per person, include services as detailed in the package and are based on a maximum of 2 people travelling together in accommodation on a twin share basis. Single supplement surcharges apply. Prices are current at time of publication; however, they are subject to currency fluctuations and should be used as a guide only. Please contact us for an exact quote for the dates you wish to travel. Local city tax has been included.Offers may be withdrawn at any time without notice. All package prices are in Australian Dollars. To see our full terms & conditions visit HERE.

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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
  • Bonus Offers
  • 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.

 
Accommodation Details »
  • 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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