circles-blue-LOGO

Destination New Caledonia

In the heart of the Pacific Ocean, New Caledonia provides beautiful scenery combining lush nature like the famous Heart of Voh and insanely diverse landscapes with heavenly beaches, natural gems such as its UNESCO World Heritage listed lagoon and a very rich Kanak culture in complete harmony with its natural surroundings.
Only 3.5 hours away from Melbourne and less than 3 hours from Sydney and Auckland, it is the ideal destination for your business events
New Caledonia is the best combo between a wonderful environment , a sparkling culture thanks to its Kanak heritage with a French touch, and service expertise. Everything is ready to welcome your guests!
Pop-Map
circles-blue-LOGO

Getting there

Flights

Daily flights from Sydney, 3 flights per week from Melbourne (Monday, Thursday and Saturday) and Auckland (Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and 5 flights per week from Brisbane (Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday) to La Tontouta International Airport, which is located 38 kms away from Downtown Nouméa. Flights are operated by Aircalin, Qantas and Air New Zealand.

Flights TIME

Melbourne – approx. 3.5 hours

Sydney – approx. 2.5 hours

Brisbane – approx. 2 hours

Auckland – approx.. 3 hours

TIME

UTC/GMT + 11 in New Caledonia.

VISA

Australian and New Zealand citizens do not need any visa to visit New Caledonia. However Passport must be valid for at least 3 months after the return date. Please consult consult the visa wizard on the official visa website for France if you have any questions about visas or official documents to bring with you.

ARRIVAL / CUSTOMS

Kindly be aware that specific regulations apply to the importing of plants, animals and foodstuffs. These products must be declared when entering New Caledonia and be covered by appropriate veterinary and/or phytosanitary certificate. Importing cheese and processed meat is prohibited to ensure New Caledonian livestock is protected from infection. To preserve New Caledonia’s immense wealth of endemic plant species, one of the greatest in the world, the import of plant products (seeds, plants, flowers) is also prohibited unless you hold a phytosanitary certificate authorising such import.

BUSINESS HOURS

Retail opening hours are generally 9-10 a.m. to 5-6 p.m. and stores selling food and groceries are usually open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

CLIMATE

New Caledonia is an all-year-round holiday destination. However, April, May, October and November are the months offering the best balance between heat and rainfall. If you’d like more information about the climate, follow this link.

ELECTRICITY

Plugs and sockets in use in New Caledonia are the same as those found in most European countries, i.e. 220V, 50Hz. Adaptors are on sale at La Tontouta International Airport.

PHONE

One of the easiest ways to stay connected to the internet in New Caledonia is with a “Tourism card” SIM card available at the airport counter or in any post office (OPT) and Mobilis network partner. 82% of the territory offers 4G connectivity, making it a good choice for when you’re on the go. If you want to keep using your Australian SIM card and share the connection with several devices, you can also rent an NC Pocket Wi-Fi device during your stay or use our Free WIFI hotspots located all around the city. Wi-FI devices can be pre-booked only or rented straight at the airport.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

In order to cover health care and possible repatriation costs, it is recommended to subscribe to a travel insurance.

CURRENCY

New Caledonia, although a French Territory, has its own currency, the Pacific Franc (abbreviated to the currency code CFP or XPF). You’ll find foreign currency exchange offices and 24 hour currency exchange ATMs at the airport (BCI). VISA and MASTERCARD cards are widely accepted in shops and stores. AMERICAN EXPRESS cards are fairly widely accepted in New Caledonia but can’t be used to withdraw cash from an ATM.