Nouméa - Anse Vata

Travel to Noumea

Located on a hillside facing the lagoon, Nouméa is the nerve center of New Caledonia. A capital with a strong character with plenty of outings and excursions,that includes shopping, relaxing and experience cultural discoveries. 

Coucher du soleil - Anse Vata plage

Dive into the heart of the capital's riches

Small but mighty, the capital of New Caledonia offers an abundance of activities. Several museums offer curious visitors a better understanding of this original country. In the city center, the Nouméa Museum, the Maritime Museum, the World War II Museum and the New Caledonia Museum offer a good overview of the country's history in a few hours. Perched on a hill, the Zoological and Forestry Park proposes to discover the endemic species of the Caledonian fauna and flora. The Aquarium of the lagoons completes this device which will allow you to better apprehend your future excursions in the country. Experience it for yourself and book a Noumea flight from France without delay.

Marché Nouméa

Noumea, an endearing capital

You can book a tour for the lagoon and islets around Noumea. The city, turned towards the sea, has two must-see beaches, the Baie des Citrons and Anse Vata, surrounded with small stores, bars and restaurants. It is good to have a stroll and to admire the sunset.


A cultural diversity

Its market  in the marina is a good opportunity to meet its inhabitants. A colorful crowd goes there early in the morning, looking for good deals such as, tropical fruits and vegetables, fresh fish, and local crafts.  Proud of its French origins and Oceanic culture, the city has several renowned restaurants, where chefs enjoy mixing flavors. 

Phare Amédée vue du ciel

Try a Amedee Lighthouse Island day trip

Off the coast of Nouméa is the islet of Amédée and the Lighthouse of the same name. Built in 1859 to guide ships through the Boulari Pass, the lighthouse marks the entrance to Nouméa harbor. After a 40-minute drive from the Caledonian capital, you will be able to access the lighthouse and climb its 247 steps to have an unobstructed view of the Noumea coast.

Practical information

Coming to Noumea

Entry requirements in Noumea, New Caledonia:

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How to get to Noumea

Going to Noumea from Australia or New Zealand

It is easy to get to Noumea from Australia or New Zealand, check out our Sydney to Noumea, Brisbane to Noumea, Melbourne to NoumeaAuckland to Noumea pages.

Average flight time: 

It takes less than 3 hours from Sydney or Auckland to Noumea. This travel time may vary depending on your itinerary. Flights beyond the Aircalin network are operated by our partner airlines.

Time difference: 

It is 1 hour later in Noumea, New Caledonia than in Sydney during winter time, and it is same hour during summer time.

It is 2 hour later in Noumea, New Caledonia than in Auckland.

When to go to Noumea

What is the best time to visit Noumea?

New Caledonia has a tropical climate. This means there are two distinct seasons: the wet season and the dry season. 

To make the most of the island, the best time to visit is : 

  • June to September, during the dry season. Summer temperatures can rise to over 30°C but the air will be drier and you can still fully enjoy your stay in New Caledonia.

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