Why New Cal?

Events in New Caledonia are impressively easy when serviced by world class airlines, short flights, excellent resorts, hotels and offsite venues, experienced DMC’s and UNESCO listed beauty.

Ease of Access

New Caledonia is the closest international destination to Australia’s east coast with several airlines. New Caledonia’s own airline Aircalin, Qantas, Air New Zealand and Air Vanuatu operate frequent New Caledonia flights departing from Australia (Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney) and New Zealand (Auckland).

  • • 2 hours from Brisbane operating on Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun
  • • 2.5 hours from Sydney operating daily
  • • 3 hours from Auckland operating 6 days
  • • 3.5 hours from Melbourne operating on Mon, Thurs, Sat

Luggage : Aircalin operates a business class and in addition to the generous 23kg baggage allowance, golf clubs or surfboards can travel for free.


Tontouta International Airport is 50km north of Nouméa, a 40 minute drive.   

Magenta Domestic Airport is ten minutes from Nouméa city centre and all the major hotels. Travellers can take regular domestic flights to the Isle of Pines and Loyalty islands with Air Calédonie.

Contact:   Aircalin   |   Qantas   |   Air Caledonie  | Air New Zealand

Ease of Entry – no visas

Australian and New Zealand passport holders – plus EU, US and around 50 other European economic area countries – do not require a short-stay visa for visits up to three months. Passports must hold six months validity beyond the date of departure from New Caledonia.

Semitropical Climate – ‘Land of Eternal Spring’

The average temperature throughout the year is around 24°C.

Warm and humid from November to March with average temperatures between 21C and 29C.

The coolest months are July to September with average temperatures between 17C and 24C.

Stable and Safe

The country is a peaceful, secure, safe and a politically stable destination.

World Class Venues & Service Standards

You will find a myriad of world class resorts, hotels, and offsite venues together with experienced DMC’s and industry partners. The MICE industry is supported by New Caledonia Tourism who can assist event planners with any queries or requirements.

Gastronomic Paradise

Savour French food flavours and wine flown directly from France, or enjoy the local fresh baked croissants, baguettes and patisseries from the many French boulangeries.  Melanesian flavours shine with an abundance of fresh produce and a wide variety of local seafood. Why not try Bounya – a local treat slow cooked in the ground.

Cultural Melting Pot

The blend of Melanesian and French cultures creates a very unique environment, unrivalled anywhere else in the world –  evident in the food, architecture, traditions and daily life.

Business and Tourist Friendly

French is the official language but English is widely spoken in tourist areas

A Regional Leader In Development Research & Innovation

NEW CALEDONIA TECHNOPOLE is Noumea’s major centre for innovation and research. It increases New Caledonia’s competitiveness and promotes the emergence of innovative projects and industries, while contributing to the sustainable development of natural resources. There are two divisions of excellence focused on ‘marine ecosystems’ and ‘land ecosystems’ together with an innovation support centre; a pioneering business incubator that supports innovation emerging from research and development activities in New Caledonia.

THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW CALEDONIA has been hosting since 2018 a pole of research with 5 distinct units. The University aims to develop research in education focused on the environmental and cultural area which are prominent across New Caledonia and Oceania.

KOUTIO MÉDIPÔLE is a large hospital complex on the outskirts of Noumea and the largest public infrastructure project ever built in New Caledonia. The project is New Caledonia’s first facility to receive the High Environmental Quality certification. This modern facility benefits from advanced technologies and is designed to adapt to future evolutions in care.

Environmental Beauty

Housing the largest lagoon in the world, the world’s second longest barrier reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and over 3,000 native plant species, New Caledonia is blessed with gifts of nature – and all so easy to access.

Government policy is playing a strong role and there are currently government subsidies to encourage domestic adoption of solar energy, while the remote Loyalty Islands Province has set a target of using 100% renewable energy by 2030.

New Caledonia has taken the decision to ban gradually by 2020 the use of all plastic objects for single use to fight against pollution and New Caledonia Tourism Office recognises the value of sustainable practices for meeting organisers and delegates and is continuously developing New Caledonia’s capacity for delivering sustainable events.

Awards

Tripadvisor Travellers Choice Awards 2019

Top 25 Beaches in the South Pacific: 

  • • #5 Piscine Naturelle, Isle of Pines and
  • • #17 Anse Vata Beach, Noumea

Top 25 Landmarks – South Pacific:

  • • #21 Amedee Lighthouse