Thio is the largest township in New Caledonia. The ‘Thio’ river runs through the middle of the town and separates it into two parts: Thio Village and Thio Mission. The population comprises 13 tribes who are dotted along the river and the coast. They belong to the Xaracuu custom area.

Thio Village is the heart of the town where you can find shops, schools and administrative buildings. On the other side of the river, Thio Mission is home to the Catholic Mission and the nickel warehouse together with the old and new ports.

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