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Best Hiking Trails in New Caledonia

Overview

New Caledonia is a small group of islands lying off the eastern coast of Australia, but are a department of France and are close to French Polynesia.  The main island, Grande Terre, is quite mountainous and has beautiful trails to hike.  Some of the main hiking areas include: Dumbea Mountains, Blue River Provincial Park, Mont Panie, Mont Dore, Dogny Plateau, and the long distance trail, GR NC 1, which is a 123 km trek, parts of which can be done as day hikes.  The best months to hike in New Caledonia are April – November.  Read on for more information on where and when to hike in New Caledonia. 

Capital: Nouméa

When To Hike in New Caledonia?

April – November: Drier period; least rainiest from July – October, coolest between June – September
December – March: Hottest, rainiest and chance of cyclone
Climate: Tropical – which means a hot, rainy season and a cool, drier season.  Cyclones are most common from Dec – March.  Temps steady throughout the year.  South rainier than north and east coast rainier than west coast.  Trade winds blow here.

 

New Caledonia Monthly Weather

Accessibility of Hiking

Medium: There are established trails but difficult to find specific trail information.  You need to hire a guide to go on many hikes.

Transportation required: Car

Where to stay in New Caledonia for hiking:

  • Noumea
  • Yate
  • Mont Dore

Top Places to Hike in New Caledonia

There is hiking on the main island of Grande Terre, which is mountainous throughout. The map shows the main hiking areas highlighted in the literature. Highest Mountain: Mont Panié (1628m), on the north part of Grande Terre.

Filter out hiking places of New Caledonia by month

Click on the red map pointers to see more info.

Parc des Grandes Fougères

  • Park with well marked trails, ranging from short and easy to long and challenging. Trail map given upon entry

Dogny Plateau

Dumbea Mountains

  • Parc provincial de la Dumbéa

Mont-Dore

Blue River Provincial Park

  • Close to Noumea, trails here

Mont Panié

New Caledonia's Long Distance Trails

  • Grande Randonée (GR NC1) in southern Grande Terre, a five day 123 km trek

New Caledonia's Walking & Hiking Resources

New Caledonia Hiking Books: 

  • Lonely Planet Vanuatu & New Caledonia, by Paul Harding & Craig McLachlan, 2016, Lonely Planet Publications 

 

Best Hiking Trails in New Caledonia:

You can find more details on hiking these trails from official websites, trail maps/apps, other websites, and tourist offices:

  • Grand Randonnée NC 1
  • Mont Panié
  • Mont-Dore
  • Dogny Plateau Trail
  • Ouaième rock trail
  • Kakariki Trail
  • Koaris Pathway
  • Pic Malaoui
  • Mont Algoue

Easy Hiking Trails in New Caledonia:

  • Peak Monnier
  • Ga Wivaek Pass
  • Marmites de Dumbea

 

New Caledonia Hiking Websites: 

 

New Caledonia Weather site:

  • Meteo Service de la Météorologie – Meteo.nc 

 

New Caledonia Official Tourism Organizations:

 

New Caledonia Hiking Apps:

 

New Caledonia Hiking Maps: 

What Else To Do

  • Visit the 2nd largest coral reef (after Great Barrier)

Other Important Points

  • You may have to register in the city before visiting some of the parks