The educational displays in the park museum were excellent.
We followed this foot path through the forest to the palm tree groves.
Tree ferns grow to enormous heights.
This is the base of a Kaori tree which has swallowed a Hoop tree.
On the left center of the photo, you can see the trunk of the hoop tree growing out of the side of the Kaori tree.
Very sharp, serrated leaves on this plant.
The plant on the right, Dracophyllum sp., is very closely related to the plants we call "Pandani" in Tasmania.
This looks like tea tree flowers to me.
This particular walk was well documented with educational signs.
Some of the most delicate and graceful palm trees in the world are native to New Caledonia.
Specimens of palm trees were identified by sign posts.
Flowering forest plant
Another sign posted native palm.
These palms live in dense forests, not on the sandy beach.
New Caledonia possesses 13 of the 19 species of Araucaria trees in the world
We were very fortunate to spend some time with a rare Kagu bird, national bird of New Caledonia.
Beautiful wings, but is flightless.
The bird came when our driver called it out of the forest.
We are the lucky ones.
This is the top of the largest Kaori tree in New Caledonia, estimated to be 1,000 years old.
In spite of the mining, the streams run clear.
Sandstone river stones are a strong contrast to the surrounding red soil.
Flowering shrub in the maquis minier forest.
Flowering grevillia plant.
Many trees were lost when a lake was created on the river.