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New Caledonian Journey - Walking Holiday

Region: Asia Pacific // Dates: 30 June - 14 July 2019 (14 nights)
New Caledonian Journey Walking Holiday

A short flight from Australia, New Caledonia offers a wonderful winter escape. Its diverse beaches, rocky capes, varied forests, rivers and waterfalls can be explored on easy to moderate day walks. Our excursions over much of Grand Terre, the main island, are framed with a backdrop of the World Heritage protected lagoon. After meeting in Noumea, we travel north to Parc des Grandes Fougères for short walks. This 4500ha tropical forest protects giant ferns, New Caledonian Araucaria and birds such as the Cagou, Notou and Green Pigeon. Further north we walk to a viewpoint overlooking the Heart of Voh in the surrounding mangroves. On the east coast, we photograph the limestone islets of Hienghene and enjoy a riverside picnic lunch. Crossing back to the central west coast, we take a hill walk and an eco-tour across the lagoon to Green Island. With luck, we may spot turtles or dugong frolicking in the bay.  Returning to the south near Noumea, we stroll along the Dumbea River valley, walk to Madeleine waterfalls and visit Cap N’Dua humpback whale observatory. A day at Blue River National Park and time exploring Noumea’s markets, old suburbs, gardens and aquarium complete our 15 day journey.

Overview

A short flight from Australia, New Caledonia offers a wonderful winter escape. Its diverse beaches, rocky capes, varied forests, rivers and waterfalls can be explored on easy to moderate day walks. Our excursions over much of Grand Terre, the main island, are framed with a backdrop of the World Heritage protected lagoon. After meeting in Noumea, we travel north to Parc des Grandes Fougères for short walks. This 4500ha tropical forest protects giant ferns, New Caledonian Araucaria and birds such as the Cagou, Notou and Green Pigeon. Further north we walk to a viewpoint overlooking the Heart of Voh in the surrounding mangroves. On the east coast, we photograph the limestone islets of Hienghene and enjoy a riverside picnic lunch. Crossing back to the central west coast, we take a hill walk and an eco-tour across the lagoon to Green Island. With luck, we may spot turtles or dugong frolicking in the bay.  Returning to the south near Noumea, we stroll along the Dumbea River valley, walk to Madeleine waterfalls and visit Cap N’Dua humpback whale observatory. A day at Blue River National Park and time exploring Noumea’s markets, old suburbs, gardens and aquarium complete our 15 day journey.

Highlights

Highlights:
  • Experience New Caledonia’s blend of Kanak culture & European history
  • Walk amongst giant ferns & Araucaria pines to forest lookouts
  • Cross the more remote northerly region to the islets & river valleys of the lush east coast
  • Search for turtles, dugongs & sea birds in the magnificent turquoise lagoon
  • Explore the historic convict settlements at Prony & Fort Terèmba
  • Visit Noumea’s botanical gardens, zoological park & the aquarium
  • Enjoy fresh food, local markets, historical monuments & restful accommodation

Details

Details:

30 June - 14 July 2019 (14 nights)

Twin share/person (starts/ends Noumea)
Advanced Early Bird: A$7,680 until 30/11/2018
Early Bird: A$7,880 until 01/03/2019
Regular: A$8,180
Single Supplement: A$1,950
Note: For guests who request a single room the single supplement will be charged. For single people who prefer to share, we will try to find a suitable room-mate, but if this is not possible the single supplement surcharge will apply.

Minimum Group Size: 10 guests

Special Interest:
Culture, History, Botanical

Walk Rating:
Moderate: 5–15km per walking day with some challenging options. Age is not necessarily as important as your fitness and recent walking experience, and anyone of reasonable fitness should be able to join this tour. We reserve the right to be flexible with the itinerary to allow for unforeseen circumstances including weather conditions and group fitness.

Tour Itinerary

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Leader

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  • Phil Cullen

    Phil Cullen is an avid bushwalker, historian, explorer by heart and accomplished photographer. A former ABC broadcaster, interNATIONAL PARKtours marketing manager and tour coordinator, Phil has led tours in Australia, the Loyalty Islands, Cuba, Costa Rica and Guatemala. Phil keeps himself busy bushwalking (including voluntary work with Wild Care and Parks Tasmania at Cradle Mountain), kayaking plus teaching media and communications students. He has recently moved from China to Qatar and has just returned from a sojourn exploring Turkey, Croatia and Spain.

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