4 Things You Shouldn’t Miss in New Caledonia

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No matter what time of a year it is, it’s never a bad time to plan a trip. It’s true that many of us are currently spending most of our time working from home, watching TV shows, or playing Age of Gods free spins. However, we can still look ahead and choose a destination that is worth visiting. One such destination is without a doubt New Caledonia.

Located in the southwest Pacific Ocean, New Caledonia is an overseas French territory, that includes its main island called Grande Terra, the Chesterfield Islands, the Loyalty Islands, the Isle of Pines, the Belep archipelago, but also a couple of remote islets. Each of these locations offers a unique experience and an unforgettable time to any traveler eager to learn more about this isolated land. If you do decide to put New Caledonia on your “to visit” list, there are some things that you shouldn’t miss. 

Parc Provincial de la Rivière Bleue

Marvel at the astonishing kaori trees and the uniqueness of the bird cagou. Blue River Park or Parc Provincial de la Rivière Bleue is a reserve where many bird species have found their home. You will get to enjoy a versatile landscape that varies from dense rainforest to shrubland. If you want to learn more about the park’s flora and fauna you can get all the information you might need at the entrance gate. Moreover, passionate hikers might like the fact that you will also get a free map that outlines all walking routes. These trails can vary from thirty minutes to six hours, all depending on your mood, physical readiness, and the amount of free time available for this activity. 

Kanak Monument

In 2011, on the 158th anniversary of the French occupation of the colony, a Kanak monument was unveiled, just below Balade Church. The ceremony also marked the 1-year anniversary of the return of the Kanak flag, which has since stood next to the French flag across the entire territory. The importance of this monument is significant to the people living in New Caledonia because it refers to their independence from France. Additionally, the location of the monument is very interesting, since it is located right next to the stone pillar that was erected by the French in 1853 when they landed on this island and took possession of it. 

Place des Cocotiers

Located in the heart of Noumea, the capital of New Caledonia, you will find a beautiful square that dates back to the late 1800s. Place des Cocotiers stretches from east to west and is organized around its central part, a band rotunda. This is a perfect spot from which you can just observe the locals going about their everyday activities or just enjoy the sun. In the vicinity, you can visit a beautiful botanical garden filled with palms and other trees. Twice a month, Place des Cocotiers hosts Jeudis du Centre Ville, a street market that is known for having a different theme each time that is held.

Fort Téremba

If you are passing through Moindou, make sure you visit Fort Téremba. Even though it forms a part of a sad period for this territory, it is worth visiting. Dating back from 1871 it was used to keep convicts who were deported to New Caledonia to build roads. In October, visitors can enjoy a play and fireworks that are a part of Fort Téremba Spectacle. 

Last modified: 10 June 2020

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