Characterised both by its great open spaces, ideal for cattle breeding, and a breathtakingly beautiful lagoon,
the West coast is also home to a rich and complex cultural heritage.
The Grand Sud :
south of Nouméa
Over on the other coast, the Grand Sud, made up of the administrative districts of Mont-Dore and Yaté, is the region that most symbolises the three principal colours of New Caledonia: blue, green and red. From rainforest to mining scrubland, there are a thousand shades of green, while the ocean offers a dazzling palette of blues. But if there is one colour that is predominant in the Grand Sud, it’s the particular red shade of its soil.
The Grand Sud is the location, notably, of the magnificent Blue River Provincial Park. This park puts at your disposal some 22,000 hectares of nature reserve, where the Blue River, Pérignon Bridge, Drowned Forest and Grand Kaori come together. Footpaths lead you up close to fauna and flora unique to New Caledonia. You can discover them at your own pace, on foot, by bike or in a canoe. Guided tours by shuttle bus available.
|Access : accessible only via the main park entrance at Ouénarou. Unregistered vehicles, quad bikes, motorbikes and mopeds are not allowed. Check the weather forecast before setting off.
Opening times : every day except Mondays, 07:00 - 17:00. Last admission for visitors is at 14:00