Ease of Access
New Caledonia is the closest international destination to Australia’s east coast capital cities– just 2 hours direct flight from Brisbane and 2.5 hours from Sydney & 3.5 hours from Melbourne.
It is also really close to New Zealand – just 3 hours direct flight from Auckland.
Two of the South Pacific’s finest airlines offer regular flights to New Caledonia, with all services operated by modern Airbus and Boeing aircraft.
Aircalin services in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Auckland. Qantas services in Sydney and Brisbane. Air New Zealand services in Auckland.
Tontouta International Airport is 50km north of Nouméa, a 40 minutes drive. Magenta Domestic Airport in Nouméa, is ten minutes from the city centre and all major hotels. New Caledonia’s domestic airline, Air Calédonie, has regular flights to the Isle of Pines and Loyalty islands from Magenta Airport.
Same Day – Different World
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.
When you arrive in New Caledonia, you will find yourself amongst stunning natural wonders, including a World Heritage listed lagoon and the second largest reef in the world, all waiting to be explored and appreciated by visitors.
Flying direct from Australia or New Zealand you can be in Noumea, in two hours from Brisbane, less than three hours from Sydney and under four hours from Melbourne and Auckland; the short flying times make this Pacific island the perfect long weekend getaway.
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. Enjoy a holiday destination that really has it all; a destination where natural landscapes meet cosmopolitan cityscapes, where warm island welcomes mix with French sophistication, where fresh island produce features in Gallic-inspired recipes.
Island Relaxation – French Sophistication
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
A palm-tree lined Pacific island with French sophisticated culture seems almost too good to be true – this is what makes New Caledonia so fascinating and unique.
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 macarons, 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.
Ocean Waves – Poolside Faves
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).
With a number of hotels only a stone’s throw away from the shore line, grab your snorkel and explore the crystal clear waters, enjoy leisurely strolls along the beach, sunbathe, or simply relax as you sip on cocktails and watch the sun set over the ocean.
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!