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New-Cal Experience Tour

9-18 September, 2017



Escape the winter chill and head to the Western Pacific and New Caledonia for a superb tropical cycling holiday! Experience the many different faces of New Caledonia as you comfortably pedal along the palm-fringed east coast and its many Melanesian tribu, pushed along by the typical SE trade winds.

Features
enjoy a new cycle touring destination!
spectacular and remote waterfalls, mountain ranges and coastal scenery
ride a mix of sealed rural roads and mountain trails with low levels of traffic, and all suitable for touring or cross/bike
total riding distance is about 270km at an average about 50 kilometres per day mostly on sealed roads
van and bike trailer support vehicle so your heavy baggage is taken for you and you can jump in the "sag wagon" at any time that you are too tired to continue
sampling a diverse range of food and culture -Melanesian tribus and communities and the real deal French imports at supermarket prices
accommodation is at a mix of higher quality gites (lodges) and at least three-star hotels
opportunities for snorkelling over coral reefs, surfing, and kayaking at a range of coastal locations

Itinerary

Day 1: Pick up at Noumea or Tontouta Airport and transit by van and trailer a short distance to Poe Beach. Prepare the bikes for the next day's riding then settle down to relax at a dusk soiree and introduction to your group and the ride itinerary.
Day 2: Transit over the main range of Grande Terre to the East coast and then ride along the palm-fringed foreshores and coastal foothills. There is the possibility of a boat or kayak trip to an island just offshore for snorkelling and a picnic lunch provided.  
Day 3: Continuing for seventy fairly easy and undulating kilometres up and along the East coast to Hienghene and past a number of Melanesia villages (tribu) with their roadside stalls. Admire the magnificent coastal scenery, and stop at local sculpture workshops.
Day 4: Explore the Hienghene area. Riders are free to visit limestone caves, go SCUBA diving or snorkelling, or visit the important village memorial to their leader Jean Marie Tjibaou at Tiendenite.  
Day 5: Continue along a spectacular section of the East coast with a unique ferry trip, towering cliffs and cascades alongside the road. Maybe a cascade swim or short bushwalk on the way. In the afternoon transit return over the mountain ranges to the West coast to Gouro Bay
Day 6: Gouro Bay for local riding, swimming, boat/snorkelling trip and check out the local MTB park.  
Day 7: A day at the Giant Fern Park. Explore on unique MTB trails the fern park and landscapes. Continue to Noumea - and dinner at Anse Vata beach.
Day 8: Explore Blue River Park - riding through unique landscape and see giant Kauri, and possibility the cagou. Mountain bikes provided for the day.  
Day 9: Exploring Noumea - including the famous cultural centre, and foreshore cycling trail and promenade. BBQ and socialising on the last night for the tour group
Day 10: Transit from Noumea to Tontouta Airport for return flights or continue on to stay Noumea or Isle of Pines  



Prices and Inclusions
Cost for the 10 day tour is AUD$2,900 (~€2106/NZ$3,094)* per person with a booking deposit of AUD$650 required to secure a place and made at the same time as completing a booking form. This deposit is refundable where there are exceptional circumstances, and where the tour operator does not proceed with the tour (for instance where minimum numbers have not been achieved).

There is keen interest for the tour this year following a very successful 2016 tour - there is only a small group so make sure you book to secure a place!

The ride price includes all breakfasts, evening meals and accommodation expenses; ride information; an experienced ride guide; all transits and bike box storage; van & trailer luggage carrying and support. See the full details at Inclusions

The ride price does not include air fares, which need to be booked and paid for by each rider. Return economy air fares ex Sydney or Auckland are typically AUD$700-900. Airline links are provided below.

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Timing to meet airline flights
The tour start and finish times and dates ensure that we meet your incoming and departing flights at Tontouta. If you want to arrive in New Caledonia earlier than these ride dates, or stay longer after the ride conclusion, please indicate this on the Bookings Form.


Airline links:   Aircalin Airlines     Qantas Airlines     Air New Zealand


Why not stay longer?

The ride dates are fixed but hey, you can stay for a longer holiday! There are plenty of enticing options to see more of New Caledonia before or after the ride such as the Isle of Pines and the Loyalty Islands, whale watching in the South of the main island at Prony, trekking and seeing the country's amazing natural species diversity, or scuba diving over the largest lagoon in the world. Check out the information page on New Caledonia to find out about some places, people and activities to experience if you stay longer. Bike-it! Tours can prepare for you a low-cost but high value customised-itinerary, so please contact us if you are interested.


* based on exchange rates as at 16 February 2017, source: www.xe.com/currency charts
















 


 


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