Most visitors to this area seem to consider climbing the mountain way too much effort to bother with (they don't know what they are missing!) and will be content with the short hike to the base of New Caledonia's highest and most impressive waterfall instead.
The falls are actually visible from a bridge on the main road, but if you do want to walk up to their base (recommended!) you will have to pay a 200 Francs fee to use the trail.
The walk takes you through fine forest and past excellent swimming holes in the river.
Do wear good shoes as it can get slippery!
To me, the main atraction of the area was of course climbing Mount Panié itself.
It must be one of the very finest hikes in the whole South Pacific!
I will describe the climb in my Sports Travel tips below.