Pouembout ( Pwëbuu ) is a municipality in the northern province in New Caledonia. It is located 258 km northwest of Noumea on the main island of Grande Terre and also includes several small islands off the coast of the main island.

The highest point is the Massif de Kopeto with 1134 m.



Pouembout was - like many other towns in New Caledonia - from a prison camp, which was created in 1883. Since the area relatively fertile and for cereal cultivation and animal husbandry was well suited also French immigrants settled there. The village Pouembout was founded in 1889.

Pouembout and neighboring Koné be systematically developed into an industrial center and school for several years, and will form a counterpoint to the capital Noumea New Caledonia to the north. In Voh, the facility Usine du Nord 2012 was taken for nickel processing in operation, and by 2015 the three cities Koné, Voh and Pouembout form an agglomeration of 16 000 inhabitants.

Sights and Architecture

Pouembout is the seat of the administration of the Northern Province of New Caledonia. Prior to representative administrative center L' hôtel de la province north a round course was laid out, on the traditionally built a round house was built with highly visible totem poles.

The 1898 colonial-style building Le Pigonnier now home to several offices. The country house Chateau Grimini in which the public library is housed, and which is also used for cultural events from the year 1886.