Your stay in New Caledonia

Arrived in New Caledonia and determined to make the very most of your stay? Even if you’ve put time and effort into planning your trip well in advance, a few useful tips will help you get your New Caledonia holiday off to a good start!

The essentials

  • Basic precautions
  • Tourism Offices
  • Local currency
  • Shops opening hours
  • Phoning
  • Local population
  • Useful contacts

Planning your itinerary

Thinking about changing your travel plans, searching for more information about the archipelago’s best assets or simply want to embrace a wealth of local knowledge? Pay a visit to the local tourism offices for local tips and information that can help you plan a holiday itinerary that you won’t forget. Equipped with all the information you need to ensure that you don’t miss out on any incredible natural attractions, cultural experiences or unforgettable events, the region’s tourism offices are a great place to start.

Day-to-day tips

Although New Caledonia is located fairly close to both Australia and New Zealand, the archipelago has some special points of difference that help to set it apart from its neighbours.

In practical terms, New Caledonia has its own currency. Known as the Pacific Franc, it is pegged to the Euro at a fixed rate of exchange. If you want to know about local cash denominations, card payments and where to exchange currencies, check out our New Caledonia currency and exchange page. For further information about the average price of common goods in New Caledonia, our cost of living page provides plenty of great information.

Retail stores are generally open between 10 am and 5 pm, while grocery stores are often open from 8 am to 7 pm. Banks are open from 7:30 am to 3:45 pm, Monday to Friday.

It’s good to note too that local regulatory restrictions apply to takeaway alcohol sales. The sale of takeaway alcohol is generally prohibited on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from midday onwards. Only wine retailers are exempt from the ban.

Health and safety

New Caledonia is a very safe tourist destination, but, just like anywhere else, it’s advisable to take a few basic precautions as you explore and enjoy your stay. Check out the health and safety page for advice about New Caledonia health and safety, from vaccinations and general precautions to hospital and health centre contact information.

Internet access, mobile data and Wi-Fi

Staying connected is easy when visiting New Caledonia. You’ll find several great ways to share photos with friends and family, catch up on your emails or simply stay within reach of the rest of the world when you need it, from SIM card offers and pocket Wi-Fi devices to public Wi-Fi networks. Learn more on our internet access, mobile data and Wi-Fi page.

Local culture

New Caledonia is a true melting pot of cultures. From local Kanak customs to Tahitian, Wallisian, Javanese, Caldoche (descendents of European settlers), and French cultures, all coexist and help to make New Caledonia the special place it is. Learn about these diverse communities and a wealth of cultural traditions, experiencing a true taste of life in New Caledonia.

Useful contacts

As you explore New Caledonia, you may need help or advice along the way. From airlines and local transport companies to consulates and health care providers, our useful contacts list provides all the details to help you plan your travels and deal with any emergency situations if they happen to arise.

Looking for more information? Check out our New Caledonia travel questions and answers page for more information.

Enjoy your stay in New Caledonia!