Temperature

Warm Season: September to March – averages 25°C

Cool Season: April to August – averages 20°C

New Caledonian Average Monthly Temperatures

Rainfall

Dry Seasons: April to May and September to November.

Average rainfall for the whole of the main island is 1,700 mm/year, but the West Coast (including Noumea) gets half as much as the East Coast.

Water Temperature

Warm Season: January to March – 26 to 28°C

Cool Season: April to August – 21 to 22°C

Currency

1 AUD is approximately 75 XPF (French Pacific Franc)

1 NZD is approximately 72 XPF (French Pacific Franc)

Language

French (official)

English – widely spoken in tourist areas

Time

Australia is + 1h in winter – same time in summer (Sydney time)

New Zealand is + 2h in winter – plus 1h in summer (Wellington time)

Health and Water

There are no required vaccinations for New Caledonia, but it is recommended that you ensure your standard vaccinations are up-to-date (DTP, Hepatitis B). Typhoid and Hepatitis A vaccines are optional.

Although New Caledonia is free from malaria, other infectious diseases (dengue and zika viruses) can be spread by mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are most prevalent from November to April, but never completely disappear, meaning you should always protect yourself with tropical strength repellent.

Tap water is excellent quality in New Caledonia and the health care facilities are on par with those of any developed nation.

Telecomms

There is no “roaming” agreement currently offered between Australian and New Zealand mobile operators and New Caledonia’s mobile provider, OPT. 

Local SIM cards can be purchased or Whatsapp and Skype are good options when wifi is available.

For those requiring consistent wifi coverage NC Pocket Wifi offers a simple alternative with excellent coverage throughout New Caledonia. The device can be rented in the airport arrivals hall at very good rates – check www.ncpocketwifi.com

Airports and Travel Times to City

Tontouta International Airport: 50km north of Nouméa – 40 minute drive.   

Magenta Domestic Airport: 10 minute drive from Nouméa city centre and all major hotels.

Transport

Noumea is well serviced by taxis, a reliable local bus network, Hop on Hop Off bus tours and a wide range of private transport companies offering tours and transfers in sedans, vans and air conditioned coaches.

Uber does not operate in New Caledonia however there is a similar service called Pick Me which can be downloaded in English – check www.pickme.nc