New Caledonia provides idyllic beaches, iconic landscapes, beautiful islands, and a vast diverse range of marine and plant life. There are endless tempting places to visit, culture to experience, and landscapes to enjoy as you chose your journey around this unforgettable archipelago.
When to visit
The climate is tropical. Hot and humid from November to March with temperatures in the high 20’s to low 30’s. And a cooler, drier period from June to August with temperatures in the low to mid 20’s. You can swim and relax all year round.
Domestic flights with the national domestic carrier Air Caledonie depart from Magenta Domestic Airport located 15km from Noumea (the two airports are not connected). Flights depart several times a day to such parts of the archipelago as the Loyalty Islands and Isle of Pines.
Car rental companies abound in Noumea and offer a wonderful way to thoroughly explore the country. Driving in New Caledonia is on the right-hand side of the road, and a valid driving licence from your own country is all you need to be able to legally drive. Roads are usually in excellent condition. It is also possible to secure car hire in the Loyalty Islands and Isle de Pines, allowing you to visit smaller communities and deserted expanses of white sandy beach.
New Caledonia is actually one of Australia’s nearest neighbours. This beautiful French island offers a fascinating combination of sophisticated French style and cuisine together with the friendly, laid back Pacific-island culture.
Fly Aircalin from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to Noumea in a three and a half hour flight maximum. Explore Noumea and the island of Grande Terre, the Isle of Pines and the four Loyalty Islands of Lifou, Ouvéa, Maré and Tiga. The island is blessed with stunning natural wonders, including a UNESCO site and the largest lagoon in the world.
Do not miss the Heart of Voh, a heart shape formed naturally by mother nature. There is so much to do in New Caledonia! French paradise at your doorstep.
One of the best ways to experience New Caledonia is on a Self-Drive holiday. It allows you to see places you wouldn’t be able to see on any other type of holiday! We recommend at least 10 days to really see all the different areas of New Caledonia. Places you shouldn’t miss on a road trip around New Caledonia:
West Coast – Swim in the UNESCO World Heritage Lagoon which is swarming with turtles and fish, go horse riding in the cowboy country or take part in the numerous activities offered in Bourail.
East Coast - Admire the incredible Hen Rock formation in Hienghene, learn about Tribal Life in Poindimie & visit some of the remote tropical islands spotted along the coast. The East Coast is a highlight for many of our guests!
North Coast – Fly over the Famous Heat of Voh in an Ultra-light flight, the Heart of Voh is a naturally formed heart-shape in the Mangroves designed by hundreds of years of low and high tides! Visit the more traditional laid-back area of Poum which is the northernmost tip of the Grande Terre.
South Coast– You will think you’re in the Australian Outback with all the bright red iron rich soil that you will find down in the South! The blue River Provincial Park is a highlight, here you can see the drowned forest or even go on a bush walk to find the famous Kagu Bird – an almost flightless bird that’s only found in New Caledonia!
Some popular New Caledonia Packages
Take the ultimate road trip across unique tribal areas, unspoilt nature and tropical paradise of New Caledonia. From Noumea, drive towards Bourail, Poum, Hienghene, Poindimie, and La Foa to uncover the time-honored tradition of Melanesia and its extraordinary beauty and diversity.