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Parks and green spaces
Description : The Ouen-Toro municipal park, covering a 60-hectare area, was created in 1989. It belongs to the City of Noumea which takes care of its routine upkeep. Officially opened on 20 May 2011, it bears the names of two men – Albert Etuvé and Lucien Audet – who put their love of nature to its service, in order to safeguard its extraordinary heritage.
It is free from motorised traffic and is a haven for walkers and joggers with its numerous well-marked paths. Paragliding enthusiasts have also taken up residence on a knoll in the park from where they launch themselves above the lagoon when the wind conditions are favourable.
Given its protected area status under the Provincial Environmental Code, Ouen-Toro Park is the subject of a management and development plan. This makes provision to conserve and restore the biodiversity of its natural habitats, combat threats and carry out a drive to inform residents and heighten their awareness of the environmental stakes and challenges.
The various partners, including the South Province's Department for the Environment, the WWF, the Mocamana association, the Dry Forest Conservation Program and Invasive Species Group are working with the City of Noumea to ensure the park's preservation, through regular operations to eradicate invasive species and through civic planting projects in dry forest areas as well as communications activities (Eco-citizen Day, Nature Festival etc.).
Opening times :
Open 24 hours a day all year round. Free admission. Dogs must be kept on a leash.Return to contents
Forest Park and Zoo
It was set up on 04 December 1962 when the City of Noumea handed over 36 hectares of land to the Territory, for the nominal sum of one franc for the country's first land-based nature reserve to be established there. Ten years later, on 24 September 1972, the park opened its gates to the public. On 09 May 1977 it was named the Parc Zoologique et Forestier Michel-Corbasson (Michel-Corbasson Forest Park and Zoo), in honour of the former head of New Caledonia's Water and Forestry Department, who was behind the plan to set it up.
The park, which is accessible via the Noumea Explorer, a shuttle bus run by the Arc-en-ciel transport company, is on the south slope of Montravel and is now managed by the Province. The zoological section is home to around a hundred species including about 600 animals: endemic fauna (Kagu birds, New Caledonian Imperial Pigeons or Notous, flying foxes, the Ouvea Parakeet and more) but also animal species originating from various countries (monkeys, black swans etc.). The forest section, where 126 plant species have been recorded, 35 of which are endemic, has numerous walks through various types of vegetation. Paths are marked with explanatory signs. The park also includes a very pleasant two-hour pedestrian trail.
In 2009 the opening of the Endemic Species Valley attracted almost 90,000 visitors! In November 2012 the great lake area was reopened to the public for the park's 50th anniversary. A 300 m2 decking area and a 150 metre-long footbridge enable you to get a better view of the aquatic life (ducks, egrets, cormorants etc.). Like Ouen-Toro Park, the aim of the forest park and zoo is to enhance appreciation of New Caledonia's natural world but also to raise public awareness of the need to protect it.
Opening times :
Open on Tuesday to Sunday
Winter (1st May to 31 Aug. inclusive) :10:15 - 17:00
Summer (1st Sep. to 30 Apr. inclusive):10:15 - 17:45
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Guided tour and feeding session
Guided tour and feeding session
- 2-hour guided tour (reservations necessary): 3,000F per group (maximum of 20 people); exhibitions at the Maison de la Nature.
- Possible to attend a feeding session for the cagous, monkeys, New Caledonian crows and flying foxes.
- Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:15 to 17:45 (open on 25 December and on 1st January). Admission: 400F, Concessionary rate: 200F, children up to the age of 11: free.
- Parc Zoologique et Forestier Michel Corbasson [Forest Park and Zoo] – 62, Rue Teyssandier de Laubarède, Noumea. Tel.: 27.89.51.
- For further information, please contact the South Province
Georges-Brunelet Receiving Park
Noumea, a garden-city, has 4 large parks: the Zoo and Forest Park, Ouen Toro Park, Rivière-Salée Park and the Georges-Brunelet Park at Receiving.
Recent work carried out at the Georges-Brunelet Park has transformed its layout and landscape.
At the main entrance on the corner of the Anse Vata road and Rue Marcel-Lacabanne, the visitor will discover a stone forecourt, planted with mining maquis species, before passing through a rust-coloured steel gateway, the colour being a reminder of the Grand Sud's lateritic ores. There are bike racks for parking bikes, which are not allowed in the park.
A metal platform near the entrance gives a general view of the park. Close by, the visitor will discover an installation of different-sized painted balls, protected with an anti-graffiti coating, in 5 bright colours, representing elements of New Caledonia’s natural world: sand, the lagoon, the land and soil of the South, the sky and sun.
The path leading to the second entrance intersects midway with a footbridge leading to the picnic area in the heart of the park.
There are three footpaths either side of this main pathway: the first crosses the mining maquis area, then follows the avenue of previously-planted Ficus trees, before coming to the dry forest area. The second links the heart of the park with the lookout point, via a set of wooden steps and a footbridge. From this high point, the visitor can relax and admire the view. The third footpath gives access to the palm grove.
For dogwalkers, the City of Noumea has created an enclosed area covering 6,260 m2: the "Canisite" dog park. It is located to the left of the main entrance on the Anse Vata road side and has two entrances with dog-waste bag dispensers and a drinking fountain. Dogs must be kept on a leash when outside of the dog park.
The park has four plant environments: the mining maquis, dry forest, palm grove and hillside in bloom.
Opening times :
Winter (1st Apr. to 31 Oct. inclusive): 08:00 - 18:00
Summer (1st Nov. to 31 Mar. inclusive) : 08:00 - 19:00Return to contents
This is an 8.8-hectare area bordering a lagoon, offering the benefit of shade provided by countless trees, for walking, picnicking, using the play area and pétanque pitch, or admiring the birdlife, including the little bittern, a species of heron that nests in the mangroves just nearby.
Rivière-Salée park is currently being renovated as part of the city landscaping project. The municipal executive committee wanted to give it a high-quality image once more and make it an attractive, safe area with new facilities, turning it into a meeting point and place of discovery for all Noumeans.
Once the outer fence has been erected, the development work (over an area of 5.3 hectares) is due to start in March 2013 and will take about a year. It includes an experimental garden that could become an educational site for schools, a fitness trail, an area with flower and vegetable micro-gardens and a lookout hill area. The choice of endemic species to be planted was made in accordance with the City's Agenda 21, whilst existing areas, where there is a remarkable ecosystem, will be preserved and their status enhanced. Park furniture and pathways will incorporate an "access for all" approach.
Open 24 hours a day all year round. Free admission.Return to contents
On the Nouville peninsula, the Mocamana association has built two paths down below Fort Téréka (built in 1877 and classed as an historic monument in 1978), with wooden logs and entertaining signs about the flora and fauna.
Access to this hill is via a track that is suitable for vehicles, running from the Kuendu Beach road. Below the summit there is a battery dating back to 1896 and equipped with four 14 cm revolving cannons on tracks. The fortifications originally included platforms connected to each other by underground tunnels made of brick, a water tank, powder magazine, various small engineering structures etc. and an underground passage, about a hundred metres long, coming out near the guard's quarters, now gone.
Many of these elements still exist and can be visited, in particular the cannon battery and underground passage.
Opening times :
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