Begin with a short drive to Parc Zoologique et Forestier, located in the lush green hills overlooking Noumea. Take a guided tour through this 85-acre nature reserve where you will see all sorts of flora and fauna as well as feathered friends. Enjoy the changing ocean views in the distance as you wander along well-marked walkways viewing ponds, lakes, native shrubs and abundant bird life. There is a huge variety of wild and domestic animals, including the Roussette (fruit bat), the Notou pigeon, Parakeets and the rare Cagou, a flightless bird and symbol of New Caledonia. The Cagou has a unique call that is often mistaken for a barking dog.
Wear comfortable warm-weather clothing and walking shoes. Bring a hat and adequate sun protection, insect repellent and bottled water.