Grotte de la Reine Hortense
Route de la Reine Hortense, Wapwangâ, New Caledonia
Grotte de la Reine HortenseThe Grotto of Queen Hortense is one of New Caledonia's most mysterious—and popular—sites. Accessed via a forest and lush tropical gardens in the Touété tribal area, the caves are physically striking thanks to a large, dramatic portal and plenty of lime formations and stalactites. But they're historically fascinating, too: Their name derives from the revered Queen Hortense, who is said to have taken refuge here during a tribal conflict in 1855. A welcoming local lady that maintains the site shares the history with visitors.