The Roches et la Poule de Hienghène are situated in the lagoon, just off the coast of Hienghène. You can admire them either from the road or approach them by boat, kayak, or stand-up paddle. To reach the village of Hienghène from Nouméa, it’s advisable to rent a car and head north towards Koné (approximately 3 hours and 20 minutes). Afterward, follow the Koné-Tiwaka route, a picturesque journey that meanders through the Chaîne Centrale (Central Mountain Range) for about an hour, offering splendid scenic viewpoints. It’s then just a one-hour drive to Hienghène. From there, it’s only 26 km to the waterfall. The road is delightful and leads you to the last operating ferry in New Caledonia, crossing the Ouaième river. Upon arrival, park on the seaward side of the river in the designated small parking area. You can admire the waterfall from the road. Please note that an entrance fee is required to access the path leading to the base of the waterfall, and it’s only open in fair weather conditions, as it becomes slippery and hazardous when wet.
- The viewpoint overlooking the rock formations and Brooding Hen is freely accessible.
- The Poule and the Sphinx are revered as totems protecting the area and are considered sacred sites. As such, visitors are not allowed to dock and walk on these rock formations..