Inland New Caledonia is not exactly what you’d expect in a South Pacific paradise. It is shrubby and, specially in the west, much drier than the rest of the main island. Here a very peculiar cowboy culture has emerged, the Caldoche. Descendants of the original French settlers, the Caldoche manage large cattle ranches and feel at home on horseback.
Caldoche culture shares many trappings with other cowboys around the world, but they are truly unique, not only because of their geographic peculiarity, but rather because they are colourful, welcoming, and their customs have been shaped over centuries. If ever you felt like riding into the sunset, well, now you can do it in Paradise.