New Caledonia Holidays & Tourism

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Some people have likened this sophisticated French Territory to the French Riviera transported to the South Pacific. With its Parisian designer boutiques, duty free shopping, fine dining and high concentration of Europeans, it does have a distinctly international feel.
Grande Terre, the island on which the capital Nouméa is situated, is where everything happens. It covers a 400km long area from north to south and is 50km wide from west to east. Surrounded by a 1,600km long coral barrier reef, New Caledonia has the largest lagoon in the world (24,000km2).
French is the official language.
There are about 30 Kanak dialects; however these are spoken only in villages and remoter areas. English-speaking staff is common in hotels, resorts, main restaurants and as tour guides, although it is recommended that visitors learn French greetings and basic phrases.Casual dress is common by day and in resorts and hotels, although in upmarket hotels guests dress more formally for dining. Light summer clothes are appropriate. Warmer clothes should be taken during cooler months and in case of cool evenings or trade winds.
Nouméa’s attractive restaurants cater to all tastes and budgets ranging from the traditional French to Moroccan, Italian, Chinese, Japanese and even Vietnamese fare.

Nightlife is very active in the capital with two casinos and a host of private clubs. New Caledonia’s 231,000 inhabitants are spread across seven islands. The ‘Big Land’ as the main island is known dominates with the Loyalty Islands and Isle of Pines making up the balance of the group.

As one of the largest destinations in the South Pacific, New Caledonia offers a huge variety of venues, accommodation, facilities, services, sights and activities. Plus the contrast between the cosmopolitan city of Nouméa and the rugged North and the raw beauty of the Loyalty Islands, offer an unbelievable diversity of scenery and experiences to be discovered.

The international airline of New Caledonia, Aircalin, operates twelve flights per week non-stop from Australia to Noumea, New Caledonia. Flights take two hours from Brisbane, under three hours from Sydney and Auckland and 3 ½  hours from Melbourne.

Sydney flights operate six times a week, whilst Brisbane and Melbourne flights depart three times per week.  Flights operate between Auckland and Nouméa five times a week, with three flights on an Aircalin aircraft and two on Air New Zealand aircraft, both in codeshare.

Flights between Auckland and Nouméa operate daily during the summer school holidays.
The international airport La Tontouta is a 45 minute drive from Noumea city centre.

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