Hienghène Travel Guide

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Hienghène Things to Do

  • The Brooding Hen

    Facing the Sphinx at the eastern side of the bay, the Hen is a far more interesting and readily recognizable rock. It has a very inviting sliver of beach on its left, if you could get hold of a boat to take you out there...The best place to view it is the designated (and signposted) viewpoint on the left as you head out of town past the cultural...

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  • Goa Ma Bwarhat Cultural Centre

    Just across the bay from the town centre, this place is well worth visiting.On its grounds stand traditional Kanak houses, carved posts, a carvers' workshop and most interestingly an excellent, small museum.It even has a small library with free internet access - the only place where I could access the web outside Noumea!The centre also hosts...

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  • Lindéralique Cliffs

    This line of fantastic limestone formations stretches a few kilometres east along the coast from the Brooding Hen. You will see plenty of them either from the same viewpoint, or, even closer up, from the main road!The Club Med and two campsites offer accomodation in this area.Do click on the tiny "3 more photos" link under the photo to the right to...

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Hienghène Transportation

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    There are daily buses from Noumea to Hienghéne via Poindimié.
    Another daily bus (shown on this photo) travels between Hinghéne and Pouébo further up the North-East coast.
    If the timing of these doesn't suit you and you don't have your own wheels, you will have to hitch.
    There is no public transport into the interior villages.

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Hienghène Shopping

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    by hunwagner Written Jul 14, 2006

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    Local handicrafts include carvings and various woven baskets and mats.
    Your best bet to look for these is at the cultural centre.
    If you hit a special event there, the selection would increase significantly!

    For more touristy souvenirs check out the shops opposite the tourist office.

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Hienghène Local Customs

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    The cultural centre often hosts various workshops on traditional culture, art and crafts.
    These are advertised there well in advance, so ask!
    When I was there, women from various Melanesian and Polynesian countries demonstrated traditional weaving.

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Hienghène Off The Beaten Path

  • Off-shore islands

    There are a couple of stunning little islets out along the barrier reef just off Hienghéne.They look just the perfect thing for day's snorkelling, but unfortunately getting out there will involve an expensive boat-trip!

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  • Inland: The Hienghéne Valley

    The valley stretching inland from Hienhéne contains a string of Kanak "tribus" (tribal villages).They offer accomodation in traditional Kanak huts, and activities like horse-riding, all of which must be organized in advance through the Hienghéne tourist office.As a sad "attraction" worth noting, you will also pass the burned-out remains of a car,...

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Hienghène Sports & Outdoors

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    by hunwagner Written Jul 14, 2006

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    Like much of the well-forested North-East coast, the area around Hienghéne offers excellent birdwatching. You can see a number of interesting species, including endemics like this New Caledonian Friarbird, right along the main road, especially east of town!

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Hienghène Favorites

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    by hunwagner Written Jul 14, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Hienghéne's local tourist office is run by lovely, English-speaking Kanak women and is extremely helpful.
    It can tell you all you need to know about the area, provide brochures, maps, lists of accomodation tariffs and bus timetables, arrange permits to climb Mount Panié and accomodation or activities in the Kanak villages inland.
    You can even leave luggage there if you just want to stop in Hienghéne for a quick look around before moving on the same day!

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