Drive to the Kanak Cultural Center passing the beautiful bays of Nouméa en route—Lemon Bay, Anse Vata Beach and the Promenade Vernier. The Cultural Center, designed by Renzo Piano, is a harmonious alliance of traditional and modern indigenous New Caledonian (Kanak) architecture. The highlight of your outing is a 45-minute, very easy walk with your guide along the Kanak Pathway. With tales of Kanak myths and folklore, your guide will capture your imagination as you walk the shaded, flora-lined trail leading to the three imposing, faithfully reconstructed, traditional Melanesian huts from three different regions. Back within the main air-conditioned center, view the various exhibition huts housing precious ritual masks and costumes, totem poles and sculptures—all of exceptional standard.
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Customer Reviews for Mythical Kanak Culture
Review 1 for Mythical Kanak Culture
Very disorganized tour
Date:January 10, 2015
Cruise Date Year:2014
Cruise Date Month:December
Would you recommend this product to a friend? No
Upon boarding our bus we were told of a power outage at the Cultural Centre but we could still go and were lucky that no one else wold be there. As a bonus we would do a tour of the Museum in Noumea. The 40 minute allowed for the tour was crazy as we spent 35 minutes looking at about 1/4 of the exhibition and were then hurried off to catch the bus. When we arrived at the Centre the gates were shut and it was obvious that we weren't expected. Lo and behold once inside there was another tour already in there! Hmmm "lucky that no one else would be there" we were told. All of the huts were locked, none of the exhibition rooms were open so we spent an hour wandering aimlessly around the gardens. We were really looking forward to this tour and felt badly let down.
We enjoyed this walk through the Kanak Cultural Center and Gardens. Our guide was very knowledgeable about Kanak culture and able to share this knowledge with us. The design of the center is beautiful and full of meaning to the Kanak people. The photos I took are among my most interesting from the trip. I gave the excursion 4 stars because it wasn't over-the-top great, but very good.