With an altitude of 132 meters, the Ouen Toro hill dominates the south of Nouméa. Its esplanade offers a 360° view over the city, the lagoon and the mountain foothills. When the weather is clear (which is rather frequent!) you can easily see the Amédée lighthouse 20 kilometers away.
Most tourists only take the road up to the esplanade dominating the hill, but Nouméans make the most of the municipal park’s 60 hectares, with plenty of well-marked paths and with landscapes evoking both Colorado and the Turkish Cappadoce.
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Hiking trails for athletes and families
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.
It's also from this spot that paragliders take off, delighting spectators with these spectacular flights.
A protected area
Registered as a protected area, the Ouen Toro park is now undergoing a management and development plan to preserve and restore the site's biodiversity, which acts as a “green lung” and haven of peace in the heart of New Caledonia’s biggest city.
The city’s top ten “green lungs”
- Ouen Toro park on Anse Vata
- The Pierre Vernier walk between Anse Vata and Sainte-Marie
- The Place des Cocotiers
- The Michel Corbasson zoological garden and forestry park
- Georges-Brunelet Park in Val Plaisance
- The Rivière-Salée local park
- Fort Téréka on the Nouville peninsula
- The “boucles de Tina” cycle paths
- The Ouémo path through the mangroves
- The kanak garden path at the Tjibaou cultural center