Only a short flight away from Australia (2h from BNE, 2.5 from SYD and less than 4 from MEL) and New Zealand (2.5 from AKL), New Caledonia is so close and yet feels like a world away. Whether it’s a dose of adventure, relaxation or culture your clients are after, a holiday in New Caledonia has it all..
Where is New Cal?
TOP 10 REASONS TO SELL NEW CALEDONIA
#1 Ease of Access
New Caledonia is the closest international destination to Australia’s east coast with Aircalin offering 15 direct flights each week. In addition, there are six direct flights each week out of 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
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.
#2 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.
#3 Stable, Safe and a modern Tourist Friendly destination
The country is a peaceful, secure, safe and a politically stable destination. French is the official language, but English is widely spoken in tourist areas. Great roads and infrastructure. What you gain in island paradise, you don’t lose in modernity. New Cal has well-paved roads and modern international and domestic airports for getting around.
#4 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.
#5 Something for everyone!
New Caledonia is a destination for everyone. It’s great for couples looking for a romantic getaway, families, foodies, adrenaline junkies, water-sport fanatics, nature lovers, and sun worshippers alike. There are plenty of accommodation options from where travellers can choose to completely unwind, set out on an adventure, or spend their days enjoying the beautiful surrounding lagoon.
#6 It can be experienced at any budget
New Caledonia has a large range of accommodation options, from hotels and self-contained apartments to hostels and homestays. Your guest can book a serviced apartment and enjoy delicious home-cooked meals made from the fresh produce at Port Moselle markets. Or they can treat themselves to a luxurious resort like Le Meridien Noumea and enjoy gourmet meals, spa treatments and more. Whether on a beer or champagne budget, New Cal guarantees a great time for all.
#7 There’s an adventure on offer for all
Looking for a hit of adrenaline? Why not skydive over our UNESCO World Heritage Listed lagoon? More of a leisurely traveller with a penchant for wine and cheese? Try a tour of Noumea’s Port Moselle market followed by lunch at a French restaurant. Or do you love the great outdoors? Hike parts (or all!) of the Great South’s GRNC 1 100KM track. There’s really something to interest everyone.
#8 It’s culturally rich and offers French Immersion with great food and wine
New Cal is a melting pot of people – French, Kanaks, Caledonians and more – so offers a unique cultural experience. You can find sophisticated French food, wines & champagnes in the many boutiques in Noumea and you can try local speciality such as the bougna.
#9 It has a variety of regions
Outback plains on the West Coast. Tropical mountains on the East Coast. Eye-wateringly beautiful beaches in the Loyalty Islands. Buzzing city life in capital Noumea. Deserts in the Great South. Your guests can have several different holidays in one!
#10 Tranquil beaches with some of the world’s best-preserved reefs and marine life
The Loyalty Islands and the spectacular Isle of Pines are a beach lover’s paradise. Unpopulated, their fine white sands are only matched by their crystal-clear transparent waters. New Caledonia is located within the world’s largest and most beautiful lagoon. Six parts of New Cal’s lagoon are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, meaning they’re well protected and home to some of the most incredible snorkelling in the world.