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In the heart of the South Pacific, only a two and an half hour flight from Auckland, New Caledonia is an archipelago unlike anywhere else, with a wealth of natural treasures just waiting to be discovered. The jewel in this beautiful crown is the fabulous lagoon (that belongs to UNESCO world’s heritage list), surrounded by a 1,600 km intact coral reef. Enhanced by landscapes touched by an infinite variety of tropical colors and with one of the richest biodiversities in the world, New Caledonia is also a fascinating crossroad of Melanesian, Polynesian, Asian and European cultures.
New Caledonia’s greatest attractions are undoubtedly its glamorous capital, the scenic northeast coast of the main island, and the colourful neighbouring islands.
The fine French restaurants, designer boutiques, and cosmopolitan crowds all proclaim that this is the Paris of the Pacific. You will find all many nearby services: banks, doctors, pharmacies, modern communication networks (cybercafé and internet access), foreign exchange office, souvenirs, expositions, night-clubs, etc.
For sportspeople of all ages, there is a huge range of choice between terrestrial and nautical sports. Golfers! New Caledonia has three international golf courses: Tina International Golf Course in Noumea, Dumbea International Golf Course (10kms from Noumea) and Ouenghi Golf Course (1 hour’s drive north of Noumea).
The possibilities are limitless, and it’s a lot easier to travel around New Caledonia than it is to tour rural Vanuatu or Solomon Islands. This enigmatic French colony just north of the tropic of Capricorn, midway between Fiji and Australia, is quite unlike any of its neighbours and will surprise you in every respect
Walking in the streets of Noumea, you will hear people speak French which is the official language, but also many different dialects, 23 in fact. English and Japanese are also spoken in many shops, restaurants and tourist places.
There is a tropical and temperate climate all year long, thanks to the immense ocean. In summer the average temperature is around 27 C° and 30 C°. At night, light clothes such as a simple T-shirt or blouse is all you need. There is never more than 5 C° difference between the day and night.
The “cool” season stretches from June to September. During the day, the temperature is mild, between 20 and 26 C°; at night it is better to have a long-sleeve shirt or a light sweater.
Citizens of the European Union, Canada, the U.S., Japan, Australia, and New Zealand do not require a visa. Others should check with their airline a few weeks ahead. Everyone must have an onward ticket. This requirement is strictly enforced and there’s no chance of slipping through without one.
The currency is the French Pacific franc, linked to the Euro (worth CFP 119.25). As an approximate rule of thumb, NZ$1 = CFP 70.