Closer Than You Think
New Caledonia is Australia's and New Zealand’s closest Pacific neighbour, making it an ideal destination for Australians and Kiwis looking for a holiday with a difference, without the distance. 2h30 from Sydney, 2h from Brisbane and less than 3 hours from Auckland, New Caledonia is not taxing on your travel time at all!
Blessed with stunning natural wonders including the largest lagoon in the world; a UNESCO World Heritage Listed site, the second largest reef in the world and a unique blend of French and Melanesian cultures, New Caledonia is like nowhere else.
Relax On Picture-Perfect Beaches
With a warm island welcome, beautiful beaches and reefs, New Caledonia is the true Pacific experience. Explore the abundant marine life, snorkel in crystal clear waters or take a short boat ride to a number of the smaller islands off Noumea. For those wanting to really get away from it all, enjoy some time at the breathtakingly beautiful Isle of Pines or Loyalty Islands.
New Caledonia has extensive dining options where you can enjoy and savour delectable French cooking, beautiful wines and champagnes and many patisseries selling mouth-watering macaroons, éclairs and chocolates. Once you've had your fill of fine French foods, enjoy browsing the many boutiques in Noumea's town centre. With brands such as Hermés, Chanel and L'Occitane you will feel as though you are shopping in Paris.
New Caledonia's pristine beaches will have you relaxing the moment your holiday begins. Discover Noumea's popular beach spots, such as Anse Vata and Baie de Citrons (Lemon Bay). For those that love a more active holiday there are a number of watersport activities in and around Noumea, while Promenade Pierre Vernier is a landscaped 4km path along the waterfront that is ideal for lazy walks or energetic sunset jogs.
Pacific island holidays are all about resort-style relaxation and New Caledonia is no exception. Sip on a poolside cocktail, pamper yourself with a massage or indulge in deliciously prepared meals featuring fresh local produce. With several hotels located near Anse Vata Beach in Noumea, you can freshen up in the beautiful decor of your hotel room and then step out onto a street lined with alfresco-style dining, wine bars and cafes. The water-side location of the hotels means that guests often have the difficult decision upon waking of whether to hit the pool or the beach.
Immerse yourself in New Caledonia's stunning natural beauty with a trip to the unforgettable Isle of Pines. Explore the largest lagoon in the world and the second largest barrier reef, discover the colourful underwater world by diving and snorkelling around the rich coral gardens. Or take a hike through the Blue River Provincial Park, a short drive south of Noumea, and explore over 9,000 hectares of untouched wilderness, cooling down in a freshwater lake after your trek.
From the bustling atmosphere of the Port Moselle markets to sophisticated French boutiques, classic colonial architecture to the unique Kanak culture, Noumea abounds with things to do and beautiful places to visit – there's something for all ages and all tastes. Wandering around the markets, you can also experience European culture as you shop alfresco style and then take some time to enjoy a coffee and croissant at a local café. As the evening settles in, venture to Anse Vata or Baie des Citrons and sit back with an aperitif as live music plays in the background and you enjoy a cocktail…or two!