To get to Hiengene from Nouméa, it’s best to rent a car to drive north towards Koné (3h20), before taking the route Koné-Tiwaka. This picturesque stretch winds its way through the Chaîne Centrale for around 1h, with some great viewpoints in between. The cascade de Tao is about 45 min from Hienghène. The road is splendid and invites you to take the last active ferry in New Caledonia to cross the Ouaième river. Once there, park on the seaward side of the river in the small dedicated parking lot. You can admire the waterfall from the road. An entrance fee is required to take the path that leads to the foot of the waterfall. It’s only open in fine weather, as it becomes slippery and dangerous when wet.
- Entrance is priced at 200 XPF (free for kids under 10) and will only be authorised by the tribe in good weather. If a sign blocks access, do not go any further.
- Closed shoes and a swimsuit are required.
- The start is at the Tao tribe.