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How to get to New Caledonia

New Caledonia is located in the southwest Pacific Ocean around 1200km (745mi) east of Australia and 1500km (932mi) northwest of New Zealand.

New Caledonia – the third largest island in the South Pacific after Papua New Guinea and New Zealand – is easly accessibly by air with daily direct flights from Australian capital cities and from Auckland, New Zealand.

The most convenient route to New Caledonia is by air to La Tontouta International Airport (NOU), also known as Nouméa – La Tontouta International Airport, located about 52km (32mi) northwest of the capital, Noumea, on Grand Terre island.

The smaller Noumea Magenta Airport (GEA) serves domestic flights, and is located 38km (23mi) south-east of the city of Noumea.

By sea, Noumea is a popular port of call for cruise liners – Pacific Sun, Pacific Star and Pacific Princess are the most regular cruise ships visiting New Caledonia.


Flight times to New Caledonia

The following are the most convenient and quickest routes to La Tontouta International Airport (NOU), New Caledonia.

From United States: American Airlines, United Airlines, Qantas, Air New Zealand and Air Caledonie International operate the most convenient two and three stop flights to Noumea, New Caledonia.

Atlanta to Noumea is 22 hrs 10 min, with connecting flightˆ
Boston to Noumea is 23 hrs 25 min, with connecting flightˆ
Chicago to Noumea is 22 hrs 35 min, with connecting flightˆ
Dallas-Fort Worth to Noumea is 21 hrs 5 min, with connecting flightˆ
New York to Noumea is 25 hrs 10 min, with connecting flightˆ
Los Angeles to Noumea is 17 hrs 15 min, with connecting flightˆ
San Francisco to Noumea is 17 hrs 35 min, with connecting flightˆ


From Canada: Air Canada, Qantas, Air New Zealand and Air Caledonie International offer the most convenient flights to New Caledonia.

Toronto to Noumea is 24 hrs 49 min, with connecting flightˆ
Montreal to Noumea is 26 hrs 55 min, with connecting flightˆ
Vancouver to Noumea is 19 hrs 20 min, with connecting flightˆ


From Australia: Qantas and Air Caledonie International offer the most convenient flights to New Caledonia.

Adelaide to Noumea is 5 hrs 25 min, with connecting flightˆ
Brisbane to Noumea is 2 hrs 5 min, direct flight
Melbourne to Noumea is 3 hrs 35 min, direct flight
Sydney to Noumea is 2 hrs 50 min, direct flight
Perth to Noumea is 7 hrs, 40 min, with connecting flightˆ


From New Zealand: Air New Zealand and Air Caledonie International operate regular flights to New Caledonia.

Auckland to Noumea is 3 hrs, direct flight


From Singapore: Singapore Airlines, Qantas, Air New Zealand and Air Caledonie International operate regular flights to New Caledonia.

Singapore to Noumea is 11 hrs 50 min, with connecting flightˆ


From United Kingdom: British Airways and Air Caledonie International offer the most convenient flights to New Caledonia.

London to Noumea is 21 hrs 10 min, with connecting flightˆ


From France: Air France and Air Caledonie International offer the most convenient flights to New Caledonia.

Paris to Noumea is 23 hrs 15 min, with connecting flightˆ

(ˆincludes layover time.)


Flying in

La Tontouta International Airport (NOU) is located about 52km (32mi) northwest of Noumea on the main island of Grande Terre. Hotels and resorts provide pre-arranged courtesy transport. Taxi and coach services are available to the city.


Entry requirements

A passport valid for at least six months beyond intended period of stay as well as a ticket for return or onward travel. Visas are not required for stays up to 90 days for Australia, New Zealand, EEC, US, Japan and South Korea passport holders.


Getting around

Land – Buses, taxis and hire cars are all available as well as bicycles and motorcycles. Noumea consists of 5,000km of paved and unpaved roads. Traffic drives on the right.

Between islands – Air Calédonie offers regular services from Nouméa to neighbouring Ile des Pins and the Loyalty Islands of Maré, Ouvéa, Lifou and Tiga.

By ferry: An inter-island, high-speed catamaran operates from Noumea to Ile des Pins and Loyalty Islands.


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Latest update: How to get to New Caledonia: 22 July, 2019


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