Land of Contrast, New Caledonia also offers large open spaces such as the vast plains of the West Coast, shaded in purple at dusk. Protected from wind by the central chain, they offer a view of the savannah, with thriving niaoulis with their fragrant leaves and paper-like bark.
This region is the domain of Caledonian breeding farms, these large estates managed by the "Broussards" (bush locals). With their cowboy hats, boots and whip, they have given to the plains of Oceania, the character of the wide-open spaces of the American West. Strong temperaments, funny and generous, these farmers are well worth a visit.
Soft peaks and plateaus covered with dry forest lead to the foothills of the central chain. The mines have left deep scars on the mountain slopes, giving the landscape azure and blood colouring. On the coastline, mangroves dominate with their tangled roots where a unique ecosystem flourishes. Immortalized by the famous photographer Yann Arthus Bertrand, the Heart of Voh, formed within the mangroves, is located on the west coast of New Caledonia.