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"La Poule" (the hen) cliff in Hienghène
"La Poule" (the hen) cliff in Hienghène
Location of the commune (in red) within New Caledonia
Location of the commune (in red) within New Caledonia
Coordinates: 20°41′39″S 164°55′20″E / 20.6941°S 164.9222°E / -20.6941; 164.9222Coordinates: 20°41′39″S 164°55′20″E / 20.6941°S 164.9222°E / -20.6941; 164.9222
Country France
Sui generis collectivity New Caledonia
Province North Province
 • Mayor Daniel Goa
Area1 1,068.8 km2 (412.7 sq mi)
Population (2014 census)2 2,483
 • Density 2.3/km2 (6.0/sq mi)
Ethnic distribution
 • 1996 census Kanaks 97.4%
Europeans 2.6%
Polynesians 0%
Other 0%
INSEE/Postal code 98807 /98815
Elevation 0–1,628 m (0–5,341 ft)
(avg. 20 m or 66 ft)

1 New Caledonia Land Register (DITTT) data, which exclude lakes and ponds larger than 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) as well as the estuaries of rivers.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Hienghène is a commune in the North Province of New Caledonia, an overseas territory of France in the Pacific Ocean. It is located on a bay called Hienghène Bay, known for its eroded limestone islets.[1]

The islets are remnants of a limestone and silica formation that once covered the whole of the bay, some 40 million years ago.[1] Erosion from wind and water carved away the softer limestone, leaving the harder silica behind in eye-catching formations. Several of these formations have been given fanciful names, such as the Sphinx, the Towers of Notre Dame, and the Hen (pictured).[1]


  1. ^ a b c Scheffel, Richard L.; Wernet, Susan J., eds. (1980). Natural Wonders of the World. United States of America: Reader's Digest Association, Inc. p. 179. ISBN 0-89577-087-3.