Named after the fern tree, the Giant Fern Park (parc des grandes fougères) is a must see in New Caledonia. Located 1h30 from Noumea, you can either decide to stay a night in the region (called the New Caledonian Alps here) or opt for a day tour from Noumea.
The Giant Fern park has been a provincial park (equivalent in New Caledonia of a regional park) since 2008 and stands out for the richness of its biodiversity.
Join us for a guided tour, listen to the music of the forest and you will hear the intimidating sound of the Goliath imperial pigeon. Observe one of the many species of lizards. Taste wild raspberries or enjoy a picnic in a pristine nature!
Located over the counties of Moindou, Farino and Sarramea, the park spreads over an area of 4,500 hectares covered mainly with tropical rainforest. Located within New Caledonia’s mountain range “La chaine”, at a height between 400 to 700 metres, the park’s dense rainforest displays a huge range of endemic wildlife.
The best way to discover the park: by foot with a trained guide!
More than 30 kms of path have been created and enable a variety of walks for all ages or fitness levels. Additionally a few paths have been designed for mountain bikes, but due to the steep terrain, those paths are to be reserved for experimented biker.
70% of plants in the park are endemic
In itself, this number summarizes the richness of the Giant fern park. In 2009, the Institute of Development Research (IRD) estimated that almost 500 species of plants are present in the park, of which 70% are endemic.
Additionally lots of New Caledonian animals are commonly found in the park. After the blue river park, the Giant fern park is a great place to observe the endemic “Cagou” or other endemic bird species, such as the Goliath imperial pigeon, the Caledonian warbler or the green pigeon.
The South Province community makes lots of efforts to protect this environment, in particular campaigns are organized to control populations of Rusa deers, wild cats and dogs, and we do strongly recommend you to visit the Giant fern park.
DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION: your hotel or Airbnb in Noumea.
WEAR: Comfortable clothing and good walking, hiking shoes.
- English speaking knowledgeable guide
- Transportation in mini-coach
- Complimentary bottled water