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The mountains of Dumbea | © Fourrure / Flickr
The mountains of Dumbea | © Fourrure / Flickr

The Best Hiking Trails in New Caledonia

Picture of Juliette Sivertsen
Updated: 1 May 2017
Grab the hiking shoes and tramping shoots and get in touch with the breathtaking nature of New Caledonia. This French Polynesia country has a number of challenging trails as well as some easier walks, all leading to stunning backdrops and views well worth the trek.

Mont Panié

Mont Panié is the highest peak of New Caledonia, rising up to 1629 metres. Located in the northern province, Mont Panié showcases some of the country’s best waterfalls and swimming holes. Guided tours will take you through tribal areas where you can learn more about the Kanak culture, as well as view native plants and nearly 100 species of butterfly. There’s a hut for those who wish to stay overnight as the hike will take most of the day.

Mt Dore

Mt Dore is reasonably close to Noumea, and offers spectacular views out across the mainland and to the ocean. There are guided walks available as well as mountain bike trips for those who prefer to mix up their hiking with some wheels. The mountain gets bathed in golden light at sunset, the reason behind its nickname the Golden Mountain.

View from Mt Dore
View from Mt Dore | © Jeremy Red / Shutterstock

Grand Randonnée NC1 – Prony to Dumbea

You may have heard of the Grand Randonnée of France – well, New Caledonia has its own Great Walk. The NC1 trek goes from the old mining village of Prony through mountainous terrain to the beautiful Dumbea region in seven different stages. The