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New Caledonia

New-Caledonia Travel & Holiday Packages

One of Australia's nearest neighbours. With the World's Largest Lagoon, New Caledonia is home to some of the most incredible islands, breathtaking scenery and impeccable French cuisine!

Welcome to New Caledonia! Our New Caledonia division was formerly known as New Caledonia Travel Connection, then in 2019 we amalgamated all of our brands under Entire Travel Group.  We have been operating for more than 50 years, you can learn more on our About Us page.

The destination provides idyllic beaches, iconic landscapes, beautiful islands, and a diverse range of marine and plant life. There are endless places to visit, a unique culture to experience, and an unforgettable archipelago to explore.

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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.

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Official language
French, English
Local currency
French Pacific Franc (XPF)
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Getting around

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.

About New Caledonia

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.

Self-Drives

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!

Things to Do in New Caledonia

New Caledonia is the perfect blend of French culture and the tropics. Never have a dull moment when you book a New Caledonia holiday deal with us. 

One of the best ways to know the culture of a place is through its cuisine. New Caledonian food is prepared using French methods but with a unique twist. It uses tropical ingredients, such as escargot, venison, coconut milk and Crayfish.

Pedal through the winding roads of La Parc de la Rivière Bleue. This national park is known for its various natural attractions and protected wildlife. Enjoy refreshing winds and spectacular views of its lush greeneries. You can also explore the river at the base of the park and rent out kayaks.

Shop ‘til you drop in the many supermarkets, patisseries, and boutiques in New Caledonia. You’ll see a lot of luxury items on sale, as well as great bargains around the area. We recommend the Port Moselle Market for fresh food, handcrafts, summer clothing, and accessories.
 

Must-visit Attractions in New Caledonia

Fill your itinerary with these must-see attractions in New Caledonia.

Tjibaou Cultural Centre pays tribute to pro-independence Kanak leader Jean-Marie Tjibaou. The hub is situated in a woodland and mangrove setting on the Tina Peninsula. Inside you will find sculptures and paintings of Kanak culture. The main buildings exude a harmony of verdant greeneries and contemporary architecture designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano.

At the heart of the city lies Place des Cocotiers. The plaza has a surface area of almost four hectares and is a popular place to meet with friends or enjoy New Caledonian life pass by. The plaza is always filled with street markets and concerts.

Anse Vata is a top choice for Noumea visitors, especially since it’s only a few minutes away from the city centre. Aside from relaxing under the sun and enjoying the cool breeze, you can spot colourful kites filling the skies or windsurfers skimming up and down the bay.
 

Best Time to Visit New Caledonia

New Caledonia has dry and wet seasons. If you plan to chase the sun, you should avoid its rainy season, which peaks from November to April. Book your New Caledonia holiday package from April to May or September to November to get a better guarantee of fairer weather. 

The best time to visit New Caledonia depends on the activities you want to do. Most outdoor activities are rarely affected by winds, waves, or rains, but it’s best to plan your trip from June to September. Enjoy mild temperatures and minimal rain during these months. Hiking in the mountains of New Caledonia will be cold all year round and can even reach freezing temperatures during July and August.
 

Known Destinations in New Caledonia

Explore the many known destinations as you book our New Caledonia holiday packages.

Mwá Ka is a 12-metre totem pole divided into eight levels. Each of these sections was meticulously carved by an artist from one of the eight customary regions of New Caledonia. The totem was erected back in 2004 as a celebration of Kanak culture and the multi-ethnic reality of New Caledonia.

Marine life enthusiasts will love the Aquarium des Lagons. This aquarium promotes the protection and conservation of New Caledonia’s aquatic ecosystem. Aquarium des Lagons houses a rich diversity of marine wildlife like sea snakes, sharks, nautilus, and Napoleon fish.

You can’t leave the New Caledonia archipelago without visiting Lifou. Enjoy the natural beauty it offers. Bask at the beauty of its colourful corals in crystalline water, imposing cliffs, immaculate white sandy beaches, and the most spectacular landscapes you have ever seen. 
 

Best Hotels in New Caledonia

Our New Caledonia holiday deals let you choose and check-in various luxury and boutique hotels in the archipelago.

Le Méridien Ile des Pins, also known as The Isle of Pines, is set alongside the beautiful Oro de Bay and offers direct access to its stunning beaches. The bungalows are built using local wood and stone for that authentic tropical garden feel. The shore is lined up with lush pine trees instead of your typical palm trees on most beaches, giving it a unique feel and paradisiac atmosphere. 

Hotel Beaurivage Noumea is perfect for every traveller as it’s only a few kilometres away from the downtown area. Its location gives guests easy access to Lemon Bay Beach, Anse Vata, and other nearby beaches.

While Hotel Kou Bugny is ideal for travellers on a budget, it offers nothing less than a fun and relaxing adventure. It features wooden huts and a large deck area with a panoramic view of the captivating sea and awe-inspiring sunset. 
 

Post Lockdown in New Caledonia

New Caledonia is delighted to open its secret paradise again to the world.

The government of New Caledonia has reopened its borders to countries with a good vaccination rate since December 2021. Travellers aged 12 and above must present a mandatory PCR or RAT test taken no less than 24 hours before the flight. Another RAT rest will be conducted two days after their arrival. Self-isolation is also no longer required. Wearing masks indoors or outdoors is not mandatory but is encouraged for vulnerable people.
 

Flying to New Caledonia

There are two main airports in New Caledonia: Air Caledonie and Magenta Domestic Airport. Many flights depart these airports several times a day to reach the different islands and popular travel destinations, such as the Loyalty Islands and the Isle of Pines. The average travel time from Australia to New Caledonia is approximately 6.5 hours.

Weather in New Caledonia

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Top Wildlife Experiences in New Caledonia

Top Wildlife Experiences in New Caledonia

New Caledonia is a popular destination because of its gorgeous white beaches, natural attractions and rich Kanak heritage. But of all the fascinating things the serene paradise offers, first-time travellers are impressed by its abundance of wildlife. Make the most of your tropical wildlife safari adventure with our list of wildlife experiences in New Caledonia.

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Flying to New Caledonia

Flying to New Caledonia

New Caledonia’s main international airport, La Tontouta International Airport, is located around 40 minutes north of Nouméa, the country’s capital. Several airlines, including New Caledonia’s own Aircalin, Qantas, Air New Zealand and Air Vanuatu operate frequent New Caledonia flights departing from Australia (Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney) and New Zealand (Auckland). Non-stop flights from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne to Noumea range from 2 to 3 1/2 hours.

FAQs

Who are Entire Travel Group?

Entire Travel Group is celebrating 50 years of passionately delivering unique and memorable travel experiences. We are an Australian, family owned, award winning business, with a friendly team ready to match your expectations to the perfect holiday package.

Entire Travel Group used to be known by the individual brands shown in the footer of the website. The company has not changed, but we have amalgamated under one brand - Entire Travel Group.

For more details please visit - About Us | Entire Travel Group

What are Entire Travel Group famous for?

Well, put simply - we’re famous for building things. We offer an exclusive range of pre-designed, purpose-built, independent holiday packages full of unique and memorable experiences. The packages are delivered by our global network of handpicked suppliers, who also provide on ground travel support to our clients.

Is Entire Travel Group Australian owned and operated?

Entire Travel Group is proudly Australian family owned and operated and as it stands today represents 50 years of experience, progress, and evolution. We proudly support the community with our long-term commitment to many important charity organisations. We were awarded the best operator in our class at the most recent National Travel Industry Awards.

Is Entire Travel Group industry accredited?

Entire Travel Group is ATAS Accredited. ATAS, which stands for AFTA Travel Accreditation Scheme is administered by the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA). AFTA is the industry body for the Australian retail travel industry. We are also a registered member of the Council of Australian Tour Operators (CATO).

Does Entire Travel Group have industry awards?

Entire Travel Group was awarded “Best Specialty Wholesaler” at the 2019 National Travel Industry Awards (NTIA), which are held annually by the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA).

The awards recognise quality and excellence in the Australian travel industry. We were extremely honoured to receive this recognition and we will continue to deliver the best service and value to our customers.

Are the Entire Travel Group holiday packages exclusive?

In some cases, we are the sole representative in Australia for the overseas travel operator. In other circumstances the product developed has been exclusively built for Entire Travel Group and can’t be found elsewhere.

What’s unique about Entire Travel Group Holiday Packages?
  • They are not group tours with set departures - they are pre-designed, purpose built, independent holiday packages full of unique and memorable experiences.
  • Our holiday packages have been exclusively built for us in collaboration with our handpicked suppliers, who also offer full on-ground support for the clients.
  • We are offering unique travel experiences which cannot be found elsewhere.
  • Many packages include our “Freedom of Choice” options which allow you to tailor the holiday experience. Like a sommelier matching wine to a meal, we have used our experience to carefully select and offer the right experiences in each location.
  • They include our Peace of Mind Booking Plan.
  • A wide selection of our packages are compliant with the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Covid Safe Travels.
What is an independent holiday package?

Our motto for Independent Holiday Packages is start your holiday when and with who you want!

Our Independent Holiday Packages are NOT group tours with set departure dates. Group Tours have specific set departure dates, and of course, you are travelling with unknown passengers in a coach. These tours are great for certain travellers and there are many reputable tour operators providing a wide range of options around the world.

At Entire Travel Group, our focus is Independent Holiday Packages. Available daily, they are pre-designed, purpose built, packaged itineraries full of memorable experiences delivered by our hand-picked local partners.

Our holidays suit every demographic, from couples to singles, to retirees to families and everyone else in between.

Why travel with Entire Travel Group?

Of all the attributes Entire Travel Group offer - we have settled on “Experience” as the one quality we believe adds the most value to our customers. That’s how our tagline “When Experience Matters” came to life and encapsulates our business in three words, as experience does matter!

We have been operating for many years and have the experience to determine what sightseeing, duration and accommodation style makes a great itinerary. Our technology is continually enhanced, giving our team the ability to provide a great customer service experience. Our relationship with our operators is extremely strong, which ensures we are confident of the travel experience and on ground support for our clients.

For more details please visit - About Us | Entire Travel Group

How does the Peace of Mind Booking Plan work?

Our Peace of Mind Booking Plan allows you to book with confidence in the new international travel environment. With low deposits, a cooling off period and a flexibility period where you can cancel and rebook later, we really do have you covered.

For more details please visit - Peace of Mind Booking Plan | Entire Travel Group

Is there a cooling-off period?

Look for packages with our Peace of Mind Booking Plan logo on the website.

  • We understand that occasionally plans may change, so we give you the confidence to proceed with a cooling off period.
  • You may cancel for any reason within 7 days, where you will receive a 100% refund of your $100 per person deposit.

For more details please visit - Peace of Mind Booking Plan | Entire Travel Group

What is Freedom of Choice?

At Entire Travel Group we understand that our customers have their own personal tastes and interests - so throughout our packages look for “Freedom of Choice” which gives you the ability to tailor your holiday from the various experiences offered on selected days. Like a sommelier matching wine to a meal, we have used our experience to carefully select and offer the right experiences in each location.

The Freedom of Choice options are included in the package price, and the price remains the same regardless of the choice you make on each day.

For more details please visit - Freedom of Choice | Entire Travel Group

Do Freedom of Choice options cost extra?

Our Freedom of Choice program offers flexibility, by allowing you to choose from different options on pre-selected days in the itinerary.

  • Our per person price includes one tour on each Freedom of Choice day in the itinerary.
  • The price of the package remains the same regardless of the choice you make on each day.
What is the Safe Travels program?

This specially designed program allows travellers to recognise governments and companies around the world who have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols, so consumers can experience “Safe Travels”.

For more details please visit - Safe Travels Stamp | Entire Travel Group

What is Book Now?

Book Now offers you the ability to make a reservation on our website for Holiday Packages that include our Peace of Mind Booking Plan. But it’s not just a static offer – you have complete flexibility from travel dates, passenger numbers, single supplements, room upgrades, optional extras, flexible booking terms and more.

What happens after Book Now?
  • Our team will contact our overseas suppliers and confirm all arrangements.
  • A Confirmation from our reservation system will be sent in the coming days.
  • The Booking Number on this confirmation supersedes the website reference.
What forms of payment can be used at Entire Travel Group?
  • To confirm a booking using our on-line Book Now process, a credit card must be used to pay the refundable deposit.
  • For additional payments on the booking, Entire Travel Group supports bank transfer, credit card, TravelPay B2B, PaymentGate.
  • For further details please visit our Payments page.
How secure is the Entire Travel Group's on-line payment portal?
  • Entire Travel Group have partnered with TravelPay to ensure secure on-line credit card payments.
  • TravelPay is a level 1 PCI DSS compliant, which gives you peace of mind that your payment card data is in safe hands.
  • Entire Travel Group does not store any credit card information.

For more details please visit - Security and Compliance - TravelPay

Can you book my international airfares?

On some Islands Holiday Packages (e.g. Fiji), it is practical to include flights, so where we have done this it is indicated by the plane icon.

However, on the majority of our Holiday Packages, we do not include international flights.

We found that many customers may prefer to:

  • Travel on a specific airline of their choice
  • Have the flexibility to book flights with Frequent Flyer points
  • Select flight dates that may be different to our Holiday Package start/end dates
  • Use a Travel Credit already held with the airline
  • Use their travel agent for this service

We are able to assist with flights on any Holiday Package, so please just notify us during the Book Now process or contact our team.

Why do some packages not offer the ability to Book Now on the website?

If a package on our website does not include our Peace of Mind Booking Plan, it will not be available to Book Now.

Due to the boutique nature and limited capacity of some travel experiences offered, they have strict payment and cancellation policies. (e.g., a remote bear lodge in Canada with only a few cabins).

Although technically possible, we have decided that it is impractical for us to try and sell these type of travel services on-line. We believe it is important that such product is discussed, so that we can ensure these strict payment and cancellation policies are understood before we proceed with a booking.

For such product we may act as an agent only for the principal suppliers. Where we act as agent, your contract for the delivery of travel arrangements will be with the principal supplier and will be subject to their Booking Conditions.

We will advise you prior to confirming your booking if we are acting as agent and we will confirm the details of the principal supplier. Our responsibility to you where we sell travel arrangements as agent for the supplier is specified in the ‘Responsibility’ section of our Booking Conditions.

Should I take travel insurance?

Travel insurance is strongly recommended. During the Book Now process please confirm you require assistance, and our team will be in contact with you.

What should I do before travelling?

Before you travel it is your responsibility to ensure you have the appropriate documentation including visas. If you are travelling on a passport other than Australian or New Zealand, you will require a permit to re-enter Australia. It is your responsibility as the traveller and/or travel booker to meet all government entry requirements.

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How does a Travel Agent make a booking?

Please visit the Entire Travel Group's Agent Portal. We are here to support our industry partners with a range of informative updates, marketing collateral for campaigns and a reward & recognition program.

How do I start a Booking?

  • On any page that has Book Now simply follow the booking process.
  • You must select the Travel Agent tick box and provide correct details.
  • To confirm a booking only the refundable deposit is required.
  • An agency credit card must be used for this initial payment.
How do I contact Entire Travel Group?

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