Tjibaou Cultural Center – New Caledonia Travel Video
Tjibaou Cultural Center is on the narrow Tinu Peninsula, northeast of the historic center of Nouméa, the capital of New Caledonia. This site is located on the narrow Tina Peninsula which projects into the Pacific Ocean along a ridge line, near Tina Golf on the western coast of Boulari Bay.
The cultural center is a tribute to a pro-independence Kanak leader Jean-Marie Tjibaou and it sits in a peaceful woodland and mangrove setting on Tina Peninsula. Displays include sculpture, paintings and photographs representing Kanak culture, as well as other cultures from around the Pacific. The main buildings are a series of tall, curved wooden structures which rise majestically above the trees.
The Kanak building traditions and the resources of modern international architecture were blended by Piano. The formal curved axial layout on the top of the ridge contains ten large conical cases or pavilions patterned on the traditional Kanak Grand Hut design. The building is surrounded by landscaping which is also inspired by traditional Kanak design elements.
In Noumea there is a very special museum, on kanaky culture, its located in the grove of magenta, inside there is the typical kanaky house or huts and a lots of tiki.
New Caledonia offers beaches, mountaintop fondue in chalets, camping, amazing snorkelling and diving, and fabulous French food.
Regions of New Caledonia Travel Video
- Grande Terre is one of the largest main islands in the Pacific. The barrier reef lying off New Caledonia is second only to the Great Barrier Reef in size.
- Loyalty Islands consist of three large populated islands, including Îles Loyauté, just east of Grande Terre.
- Île des Pins is one of the few places in the Pacific with trees tall and sturdy enough to provide replacement masts for ships.
- Belep Archipelago is the islets and reefs to the north of Grande Terre, with a small community living on Belep Isle.
- Chesterfield Islands are uninhabited and incredibly remote, the Chesterfield Islands are an expedition.
Highlights of New Caledonia Travel Video
- Tjibaou Cultural Centre, a gift from the French Government. The architect was Renzo Piano, an Italian architect.
- The New Caledonia Barrier Reef — listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, it encircles both the Grande Terre and Île des Pins. It’s also known as the New Caledonia Lagoon.
- Nouméa, the capital city of New Caledonia with several bays extend along the city providing magnificent beaches and points of view. Besides its natural features, it also has very attractive cultural offerings for tourists.
- Nouméa is the city of the Pacific where you can wander about in and live well, especially on the waterfront.
- There are very beautiful beaches on the Baie des Citrons and Anse Vata.
- Offshore in these bays are Îlot Maître and Îlot CanardBoth offer an ideal setting for a day of exploration or of lounging.
- Noumea has built its Pacific identity through a mixing of cultures and styles. This cultural diversity is reflected on your plate, but also in the architecture and all the attractions.
- True artistic heart of the country, museums, art galleries, theaters and cinemas are concentrated in Noumea. You can soak up the heritage of the city.
- The beautiful colonial-era houses like Maison Célières and the old Nouméa City Hall are the city museum.
- The Lagoons Aquarium is one of the most popular tourist attractions located at Anse Vata bay in Nouméa. It hosts a variety of corals, fish, crustacean and marine mammals, with some demonstrating the endemism of the New Caledonian aquatic wildlife. You can admire a collection of phosphorescent corals, a garden featuring a turtle pool, “nocturnals” night-time behavior of the fish and the lagoon fauna from the clownfish to the damselfish, angel fish, parrots, moray eels, octopuses, nautiluses as well as the flora, with a myriad of multicolored anemones.
- You can see Kanak culture in the iconic Tjibaou Cultural Centre in Nouméa which combines an art center, a museum, performance spaces, a library and a landscaped park.
- The Kanak Culture Development Agency is a museum, a multimedia library, a congress center, an auditorium, a research and creation center, as well as a botanical garden.
- The “Kanak path” notably crosses the park, and invites the visitor to discover symbolic native essences and plants, retracing the 5 stages constituting the myth of the first man: Téâ Kanaké.
- The new Museum of World War II shaped as a half tin can have become an integral part of the Caledonian architectural heritage. You will discover how the war was seen as liberation and a breath of modernity.
- Zoological and Forest Park, located on the Montravel heights, in Nouméa, is home to over 700 animals, and over 130 species of birds, reptiles and the famous Rusa deer.
- The Ouen Toro hill dominates the south of Nouméa. Its esplanade offers a 360° view over the city, the lagoon and the mountain foothills where you can see the Amédée lighthouse.
- In the Place des Cocotiers, there is a celestial fountain which is one of the symbols and the music kiosk. Between the Celestial fountain, and the Olry square, the Place de la Marne is where concerts are regularly held as well as markets, which animate the heart of the city
- Saint Joseph’s Roman Catholic cathedral, seat of the archdiocese of Nouméa, is the most remarkable elements of the building with tamanou woodwork of the choir, of the pulpit and the chapel, or the giant fonts made of real giant clams and the chandelier which is a replica of the one in the famous Madeleine Church in Paris.
- The Ouen Toro park acts as a “green lung” and haven of peace in the heart of New Caledonia’s biggest city.
Activities of New Caledonia Travel Video
- Facing the sea and lined with inviting beaches and islands, you can practice outdoor sports all year long; not only walking, snorkeling, diving, windsurfing and kitesurfing, but also golf, tennis and swimming.
- It’s also a joyful city with many bars, clubs, two casinos for festive evenings and shopping in the various shops of downtown Noumea and Anse Vata. Three spots you can’t miss: Alma Street, Sebastopol Street and the Promenade.
- With different levels of steepness, the trails on the southern and western sides of the hill are perfect for easy Sunday walks or athletes training for their next competition.
- Delighting spectators enjoy these spectacular flights with Paragliders.
- Joining a hiking group is generally a good idea, since you then can really enjoy the great scenery without fear of getting lost, or having to stick with conventional tourist spots
- Floating in a dazzling tropical lagoon, the islands of New Caledonia Travel Video beckons the traveler with their extraordinary natural history and unique culture.