French is the official language.
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.