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Holidays in New Caledonia

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Top hotels in New Caledonia

Escapade llot Maitre
Escapade llot Maitre
3.5 out of 5
Ilôt Maître, BP 4918, Nouméa
4/5Very Good! (229 reviews)

"Excellent location!"…"

Reviewed on 6 Feb. 2020

Escapade llot Maitre
Hilton Noumea La Promenade Residences
Hilton Noumea La Promenade Residences
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$251 per night from 26 Oct. to 27 Oct.
4.2/5Excellent! (648 reviews)

"Great location. Easy walking distance to beach and local amenities."…"

Reviewed on 24 Jan. 2020

Hilton Noumea La Promenade Residences
Le Méridien Ile des Pins
Le Méridien Ile des Pins
5 out of 5
Baie d'Oro, BP 175, L'Île-des-Pins
The price is NZ$421 per night from 11 Nov. to 12 Nov.
4.5/5Wonderful! (398 reviews)

"The setting is magical. The staff is really friendly and helpful. In the current difficult times it is even more appreciable. The hotel would need a little refurbishment but it still stays very comfortable"…"

Reviewed on 16 Aug. 2020

Le Méridien Ile des Pins
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top activities in New Caledonia

Nouméa City Discovery Tour
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Nouméa City Discovery Tour

NZ$68
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Culture & Country Discovery Tour
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Culture & Country Discovery Tour

NZ$186
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
The Unmissable Tour
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The Unmissable Tour

NZ$162
Per adult

New Caledonia Holiday

Take a trip to this sparking archipelago and uncover a thriving cosmopolitan culture, beautiful scenery and a fascinating past.  Swim, kayak and sail in the vast, shimmering lagoon of New Caledonia. Visit colourful markets and oceanfront restaurants or hop between islands of tranquil rainforests and secluded beaches.

A dependent French colony since 1853, this archipelago holds an indigenous population who live alongside expats from Europe, Africa and Polynesia. Ethnic diversity is particularly prevalent in the capital Noumea on the main island Grande Terre. Eat the finest fish available at lavish Western-style restaurants and peruse the Market near the marina to barter for exquisite arts and crafts, fresh fruit and homemade bread. Swim at sheltered Baie des Citrons or Plage de l'Anse Vata. Rent a kayak to venture farther out or glide through the spray in a two-person dinghy.

Drive three hours north to reach quiet towns, stunning clifftop views and plunging waterfalls or go southeast to the former convict centre of Prony, surrounded by woodland and a gateway to the island’s best natural reserves. Pic Du Pin nearby offers exceptional hiking with Blue River National Park beyond sheltering kauri trees, many more than 1,000 years old. Don’t miss the drowned forest where tree trunks rise from the silky, turquoise water.

No trip is complete without a visit to some of the smaller, neighboring islands. The eastern Loyalty Islands of Maré, Lifou and Ouvéa each combine modern hospitality with outstanding untouched scenery. Find your own private beach for the day or explore rocky caves and crevices. A shorter ferry ride south takes you to the Isle of Pines with its idyllic beaches and resorts set around the ghostly remains of a 19th-century prison.

New Caledonia is in the western Pacific Ocean east of Australia. Fly to Tontouta Airport from New Zealand, Australia or Japan. A tropical climate makes New Caledonia a good choice year-round although temperatures can feel uncomfortably warm during January and February. Noumea has the biggest concentration of accommodation. Staying on the smaller islands is generally confined to more expensive private resorts.

Frequently asked questions

Q: Which airports can I fly in to for a holiday to New Caledonia?
A: Prepare to step off the plane at Noumea (NOU-Tontouta Intl.). You’ll likely be arriving aboard one of the 165 international flights that operate from this international airport in New Caledonia each month.
Q: What are the most popular types of hotels for a holiday to New Caledonia?
A: Grab your suitcase and stay at one of the high-quality hotels. They’re among the most frequently booked hotel types. Guest houses, pensions and bed & breakfasts are also popular in New Caledonia.
Q: What does a New Caledonia holiday booking with Expedia include?
A: You can choose to sort out every detail of your trip or let Expedia help you out with an awesome New Caledonia holiday package. Flights, car rentals and hotels — we have them covered. All you’ll have to do is work out the kind of activities you’d like to try.
Q: What is the best way to save money on my holiday to New Caledonia?
A: Booking a package takes the worry out of travelling, and it can save you some big bucks too. Flights, Hotels, Activities, Rental Cars — Expedia is here to help. Bundle them up and start dreaming about what you’re going to do with that extra spending money.
Q: What are the best things to do in New Caledonia?
A: There are so many new experiences and attractions in Nouméa. Spend time in this major city and find out why Anse Vata Beach and Noumea Harbour attract the crowds. Ile aux Canards island is also worth your while.