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Take a dreamy tour around Noumea in a rental car
Welcome to Noumea, New Caledonia where French elegance meets tropical paradise. As New Caledonia’s capital city, Noumea offers a unique island experience. Start your day sipping coffee in the gardens at Place des Cocotiers, lounge on Anse Vata Beach all afternoon and stroll through European-influenced streets in the evening. Noumea has something for everyone. Don’t miss a thing; hire a Noumea airport rental to explore this dazzling city.
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Noumea La Tontouta Airport
La Tontouta International is 52-kilometres northwest of Noumea in Paita. Parking is free for the first 20 minutes then charged by the hour. Short-term rates are available. The airport has a selection of duty-free shops and eateries and offers free WiFi in the terminal.
Driving your rental car in Noumea
When arriving at La Tontouta International Airport, there are a few ways to travel to Noumea. Taxis are available for the 44-kilometre drive, but expect a pricey fare. Shared or private transfers are great for groups or you can take the bus with tickets available for purchase from the depot. For the most convenient way, pre-book a car rental from one of six highly-recommended brands located at the airport and head into town on your own schedule.
- Driving laws are the same as France - drive on the right-hand side.
- Avoid morning/early evening rush hour if possible.
- Be prepared for tolls on the highways. During the day, use the cash lane and pay the operator.
- If you plan on driving at night, ask your rental company to provide an electronic pass or take smaller highways to avoid tolls.
Flying domestic? Pick up/drop off your rental at Noumea Magenta Airport.
Stopping by other Pacific Islands? Get a car rental in Nadi, Tahiti, Port Vila or Apia.
Your guide to Noumea
Accommodation in Noumea
Stay near the city, beaches or airport when visiting Noumea:
- If you prefer having a kitchen to cook in, check out Hilton Noumea La Promenade on Anse Vata beach.
- Wake up in the city centre at the Best Western Le Paris near the Place des Cocotiers gardens.
- Auberge de Jeunesse and Youth Hostel YHA are great for the budget-friendly traveller.
- Book a villa with a private pool at Villa Namaste near Lemon Bay.
Events and Festivals in Noumea
Throughout the year, Noumea hosts many special events pertaining to food, harvest and celebration:
- Yam harvest is celebrated among Kanak people, and each year Noumea throws a festival in mid-April featuring a parade, carnival, music, dancing and more.
- If you find yourself in Noumea mid-May, check out the Night of the Museums when the city opens its doors to reveal mysteries and secrets for only one night.
- July 14th is Bastille Day, a national holiday in France and New Caledonia commemorating its defining history with fireworks and parades.
- The largest event drawing 15,000 every mid-August is Noumea Carnival. Dance in the streets, dress up in costume and watch the parade move through the city.
Culture and Geography in Noumea
Noumea is situated in the south of the main island, Grand Terre and is home to a mix of 180,000 inhabitants including the Kanak, the indigenous Melanesian people of New Caledonia, a large number of Polynesians, and Southeast Asians. There is also a population of European descendants, most from France.
Dining in Noumea
Lucky for its visitors, Noumea is thriving with delicious restaurants and cafes, even the dairies are lined with special treats. Feast on French baked goods, artisan cheese and fresh seafood. Cooking in your holiday apartment? Then a visit to La Buvette Du Marche market is a must. Purchase a charcuterie board for a take-away picnic. Head to the waterfront near Anse Vata beach for a range of restaurants.
What to do in this French-inspired city
There is something for everyone in Noumea, here are a few ideas:
- Enjoy a day at the Anse Vata beach. Relax in lounge chairs or try out kite and windsurfing. Baie des Citrons beach is also worth a visit.
- Plan a picnic in the gardens of Place des Cocotiers located in the heart of the city and also has free WiFi.
- Learn about New Caledonia’s marine life at Aquarium des Lagons, fun for the entire family.
- Visit the Tjibaou Cultural centre for a lesson in Kanak history and tradition.
Visit any time of the year for warm weather. Noumea’s summers are hot with averages around 30 degrees Celsius and winters are warm averaging 23 degrees Celsius. Avoid the rain in September and October.