FT1: Geology and mineral deposits of New Caledonia – FULL

FT1: Geology and mineral deposits of New Caledonia – FULL

This trip is a rare opportunity to visit New Caledonia in northern Zealandia, a tropical paradise, and explore key aspects of its geology, its mining history and its mines. We will visit all tectonostratigraphic units, embracing the oldest and youngest rocks and sediments (beaches), as well as visit a number of active nickel and chromite mines.



  • Sunday 24 March: Travel to New Caledonia, settle in to Noumea. Overnight: Hotel Le Paris, Noumea.
  • Monday 25 March: Day in Noumea; visit SGNC, SLN, and local geology. Overnight: Hotel Le Paris, Noumea
  • Tuesday 26 March: Drive 288 km north up west coast to Kone. Overnight: Hotel Koniambo, Kone.
  • Wednesday 27 March: Drive 82 km to Koumac. Day at Tiebaghi chromite and nickel mine. Overnight: Monitel de Koumac, Koumac.
  • Thursday 28 March: Drive 180 km from Koumac to Poindimié. Overnight: Hotel Tieti, Poindimié.
  • Friday 29 March: Drive 190 km from Poindimié to La Foa. Overnight: Hotel Banu, La Foa.
  • Saturday 30 March: Visit Ile Hugon, Baie de St Vincent, by boat from Bouraké; chromite sands. Overnight: Hotel Banu, La Foa.
  • Sunday 31 March: La Foa to La Tontouta (65 km).
  • Monday 1 April: Flight from Noumea to Auckland, depart at 11.10am.


NOTE: This field trip is subject to confirmation and minimum numbers. Some activities may be weather dependent.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: A moderate level of fitness is required. Sturdy footwear is essential and wet weather gear, sun hat and sunscreen are advised. You should arrange for travel and medical insurance before travelling to New Caledonia, because many medical services are not free to overseas visitors.


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New Caledonia


NZ $3300 (Early Bird) | NZ $3630 (Standard)


Road transport (by minibus), during the field trip

Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) for 7 days

Accommodation (twin share) for 7 nights

Boat trip from Bouraké to Ile Hugon, in Baie de St Vincent (and return)


Dr Hamish Campbell, GNS Science

Dr Pierre Maurizot, Geological Survey of New Caledonia – SGNC: Service Géologique de Nouvelle Calédonie

Professor Dominique Cluzel, University of New Caledonia


A 3D model showing the geology of southern New Caledonia with the Massif de Sud (Peridotite Nappe) in green.