Unique Places in New Caledonia

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    Noumea: a very special chandelier

    by globetrott Written Jul 19, 2015

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    The chandelier / Grand Lustre of St Joseph's Cathedral was a gift from the local Nickel-factory and it was made out of the very first nickelfoil in 1891 that was won in Noumea.
    The very first church of Noumea, devoted to St. Clotilde was damaged by a Cyclone in 1880 and that is why they tried to make St. Joseph's Cathedral much stronger and also big enough for thousand People. Noumea had just 3000 inhabitants at that time.
    In my last Picture you can see something Special: a giant Shell is used as a stoup.

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    Churchservice is :
    Weekdays: 06.00am & 06.o0pm
    Saturdays: 03.00pm
    Sundays: 06.00am + 09.00am + 06.30pm

    St Joseph's Cathedral is about 20 minutes to walk from the port-entrance. You will also be able to see it from your cruiseship !

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    Noumea: The old Courthouse

    by globetrott Written Jul 19, 2015

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    This building in the town of Noumea is a great example for the colonial style in architecture of New Caledonia: L'ancien palais de justice / The Old courthouse of Noumea is a shopping centre nowadays.
    But in its beginnings, in 1876 it first was a large hotel. Then the buildings were rented to the judicial authority and so the old court-house was established here during the period of 1889 till 1960. After that the new owner had the buildings restored and converted it to a shopping centre that is now called "Le Village"

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    Noumea: Mont Ouen Toro & 2 Cannons

    by globetrott Written Jul 19, 2015

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    This is a bit outside of Noumea: On Mont Ouen Toro you will find 2 cannons of WW II that had been installed there by the australian army in order to prevent the japanese army to attack New Caledonia. Nowadays Mont Ouen Toro is a great receation-area with hiking-paths and lots of people go there jogging and even paragliding from the top of these hills, that are just about 128 meters high above the sea level.
    We got there as a stop on our island-tour by bus and we also had a great panoramaview from up there.

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    Noumea: the townhall & Olry Square

    by globetrott Written Jul 19, 2015

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    Another sight that I found while taking a walk through Noumea: Square Olry is a sidepart of Place des Cocotiers and it is named after Viceadmiral Olry, who was governor in 1878 and you will see him standing there on top of the Monument in my first 3 pictures here. There are a lot of scenic Tropical trees there as well, so dont miss it !
    In my last 2 Pictures you will see the "Hotel de Ville" of Noumea ! That is no Hotel at all, but the french expression for townhall ! A modern building dating back to 1975.

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    Noumea: the theatre and the prison

    by globetrott Written Jul 19, 2015

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    And this is the theatre of Noumea, quite an impressive building made of white and red bricks, but I am not sure if that is still used as a theatre nowadays. You will find it close to the University, in the Suburbs of Noumea and we just passed by in in our tourbus without taking a closer look .
    In my last 2 photos you can see a former prison of Noumea, not far from that theatre !

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    Noumea: The University of New Caledonia

    by globetrott Updated Jul 19, 2015

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    What a surprise to find a University in New Caledonia ! This is the University of New Caledonia and you will find it a bit outside of the citycentre of Noumea, close to the beach. We just passed by in our tourbus and saw the interesting architecture of the buildings. The University was founded in 1987 and it has 3 departments:
    Law & Economy
    Literature, Languages & Human science
    Technical science & Natural Science

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    Noumea: Eglise du Cœur Immaculé de Marie

    by globetrott Written Jul 19, 2015

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    Eglise du Cœur Immaculé de Marie was built on a hill outside of Noumea after WW II. Monsignore Paul Bresson, one of the main theologians of New Caledonia had promised to build this church, when New Caledonia would not be damaged in WW II. The church was opened in May 14th, 1953.
    Next to the church there is a small park, where a branch of the Banyan tree (Ficus benghalensis ) was planted, under which in 1843 the first catholic churchservice was held in December 25th, 1843. You Need a car to get there or you take one of the many tours through the Island and this church is always on the program !

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    The Aquarium in Noumea

    by globetrott Written Jul 16, 2015

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    The Aquarium in Noumea is a great place to visit for the whole Family, especially when it is raining outside and you are interested in the great variety of life in the oceans.
    You will see turtles, various corals, sea-snakes,New Caledonia Nautilus, stingrays, reef sharks, and many more !
    The Aquarium is quite close to the City of Noumea - you will see a map of it in my link below !
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    The Aquarium is open daily except Mondays from 10 am to 5 pm
    No admission after 4 pm !
    Entrancefee is 1000 XPF = 10,8 US S = 8,40 Euros = 6,6 GB P = 11,9 AUS S

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    Lifou: the cemetery of Easo

    by globetrott Written Jun 28, 2015

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    When on the island of Lifou, Dont miss to take a look at the cemetery of Easo as well, when you visit the church there. It was interesting to see some different styles of graves there and also the idea to have a hat on top of the grave, like you see it in my 2nd picture here.
    I also saw some woodcarvings, that might have been a cross once, but I am not sure about that (my last 3 pictures)

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    the lighttower of Ile Amedée

    by globetrott Updated Jun 28, 2015

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    Sometimes a misunderstanding might be a good thing like it happened in Noumea: a prefixed iron lighttower was built in France and should have been delivered to Fort-de-France in Martinique. But there was a Fort-de-France at that time as well in Noumea and so the lighttower was sent to the wrong place, where they found out about the misunderstanding, but did not want to send it back.
    So the lighttower was taken to Amedée, a small island, 20km off Noumea.
    And it is still there and became a wellknown attraction for the tourists.
    I did not go there, but saw this advertisment in Noumea, and it will be on my list, when I return to Noumea some day !

    Read more about it in the link below !

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    Go to La poule de Hienghene / Brooding Hen

    by lotharscheer Written Jul 13, 2013

    Close to Hienghène at the northest of Grande Terre about 350 km from Nouméa is a strange looking little island looking like a brooding hen. Hienghèneis the cultural center of the east coast, mostly Kanak. To get there the most easy is renting a car, there is once in a while a bus, hitchiking was quite easy. For a nice hotel try the Koulnoue Village, bungalows for up to 4 people € 108 (there might be cheaper places around)
    http://www.grands-hotels.nc/en/koulnoue.html

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    Stray dogs alert

    by Liberty2008 Written Jun 28, 2008

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    When off the beaten track on Lifou be very aware of stray dogs! They are everywhere. They sleep on the beach, hang around in packs and go nuts if you cycle past them on rented bikes from hotels.
    As you will, no doubt, not want to be spending your time in New Cal in a hospital being stiched up after a dog has caught you make sure you have secure shoes and you are fitter than the average Lifou dog.
    Remember this is an off the beaten path tip I'm sure dogs are well behaved if you do not go skipping across the countryside as we did.

    Lifou in the midday sun- Perfect
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    Mount Panié

    by hunwagner Updated Jul 26, 2006

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    At 1628 metres the highest mountain in New Caledonia, Mount Panié forms the heart of a lush nature reserve housing some of the richest flora and fauna in the territory.
    It's a rather steep and strenous climb to the top, and a permit is required - available from the Hienghéne Tourist Office for free.
    Very few people seem to bother with the climb - I even met French living in nearby Hienghéne who go hiking in New Zealand but never climbed this mountain.
    Too hard, they say... :-)

    Not to be missed if you are a nature lover!

    See my separate Mount Panié page for information on the area around the mountain, and the climb up to the peak!

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    Balade

    by hunwagner Updated Jul 14, 2006

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    North of Pouebo, the area of Balade is connected with several important events in New Caledonia's early history.
    Captain Cook anchored here, the first Catholic mass in land was held under a banyan tree near the beach, and there is a beautiful church commemorating these historic events.
    There is also an ugly monument for France's rule over the territory.
    The stunning golden beach alone makes a visit worthwhile though!

    See my Balade page for more on this remote area.

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    Pouébo

    by hunwagner Updated Jul 11, 2006

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    The northernmost real township on the east coast, Pouébo has an old church and a windswept beach with free camping.
    However it is mostly worth visiting for its yearly Mwata Festival, held in honour of a traditional banana cake. It features Kanak and Polynesian dances and a fair of local produce.

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