The southernmost commune of the Grande Terre is a veritable paradise for those who love hiking (with the GR NC1 trail in the area), VTT or all-terrain vehicle excursions. It also contains the territory’s biggest provincial park: the Blue River Park.

Combining the scenery of the rainforest and the wild beauty of the mining regions covered by red soil (due to the laterites present in the ground), the commune offers an almost unique natural diversity. In addition to this, and despite its apparent aridity, Yaté is characterised by an abundance of creeks (sorts of runlets), rivers and water reserves which form a dense and complex hydrographic network.

From the Plain of Lakes to the Blue River Park

Yaté is also home to New Caledonia’s largest lake, with a surface area of 40 km2, which serves as a ‘reservoir’ for the dam and hydro-electric plant situated at the southern tip.

It is also in this region that the magnificent Blue River Park is situated. At its heart, visitors can admire the sepulchral submerged forest, the most significant cagou population of the territory, and ancient giant trees (kaori, houp…).  And that is without mentioning the scores of places to bathe in the deliciously refreshing waters of the river.

Madeleine, Netcha, Goro: spoilt for choice

The provision of natural sites is not, however, limited to the Blue River Park. In the surrounding area, the Madeleine watterfalls and the beautiful botanic trail which leads to it, the loops of Netcha and their eight VTT courses, all like the Southern Woods area offer a great variety of places accessible to everyone.

Impressive, and largely worth the detour while spending a day discovering the Great South, the Goro site is home to the Vale metallurgic plant. The presence of this immense structure in the middle of nowhere offers a one-of-a-kind sight. This is even greater of you discover the site by night, with its spectacular lighting.

Today
  • Yaté Tourism Office
  • Opening hours: from Tuesday to Friday: 8h00 - 12h30 and 13h30 - 17h00 and Saturday: 8h00 - 12h30
  • Telephone: +687 46 20 65
  • Email: pitgsya@mls.nc
Yaté au grand sud de la Nouvelle Calédonie
Practical information

It is impossible to talk about Yaté without mentioning one of the territory's most mythical places: the Forgotten Coast! The name alone is an invitation to adventure. From Yaté to Port Bouquet (Thio) there is no road and no path. Over 65 km there is simply a supremely beautiful and almost virgin coast which offers itself to those who choose to discover it... by way of the sea! While it is possible to cross it on foot (with a guide who knows the region!), the most beautiful and safest way to experience this adventure is on a four-day sea kayak trip.

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