Touho, registered on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, is an important site, as the district has the only airport on the East Coast. Here you can also reach the West Coast by the Koné-Tiwaka cross-country road, constructed in the 1990s. Crossing the mountain chain and revealing magnificent scenery in the valleys and surrounding the tribal villages, it has been well laid out with rest, picnic and swimming areas. These idyllic spots are at the most beautiful places on the road; the swimming areas are exquisite, especially near the Pombeï falls, with rocks of an astonishing mauve colour.
Simply by taking this road, you can see in one hour the main types of New Caledonian scenery: starting from the narrow strip between mountain and sea of the East Coast, crossing the mountain chain via encounters with the inhabitants of the Bopope and Netchaot tribal villages, the river scenery, and the largest pine forest in the country (more than 3 000 hectares), and finally reaching the great plains of the West.
As well, Touho village has developed tourism by relying on its magnificent natural assets. You can cool down or go for a walk along Lévêque, Tianite or Thiem Beaches; try the life-saving waterholes during the hot summer heat; visit Kokingone waterfall or take an outrigger trip on the Tipindjé River; or hike up to the top of the ridges to admire the superb views over the ocean. A water sports centre also receives pleasure boats, offering a departure point for trips to the reef or the islets. The reef was registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2008 as part of the “North and East Coastal Area”.
Location and access: 330 km from Noumea, on the East Coast, 28 kilometres from Poindimié and 45 kilometres from Hienghène, Touho is the only district on this coast with an airport.
Air connections: Flights three times a week to Touho (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) from the Magenta domestic airport, tel. 25 14 00; Aircal, tel. 25 21 77.
Tourist information: Mairie de Touho (Town Hall) and Info Point, tel. 42 88 07.
District festivals: Music week in June, agricultural and craft festival, Le Manioc, at the end of August. Gendarmerie: Village, tel. 47 89 75.
Dispensary: Tel: 47 75 10
Pharmacy: Village, tel. 42 80 00.
Bank: CCP Touho village, tel. 42 88 00.
Post Office: Post office agency, village, tel. 42 88 00.
Service stations: Shell Gapat, tel. 42 43 33; Shell Gastaldi, tel. 42 88 14; Mobil Est, tel; 42 88 05.