One thing that can often surprise visitors to New Caledonia is that there is something for all budgets, according to Sally Pepermans, director New Caledonia Tourism in New Zealand.
She says top experiences can be accessed across three vastly different regions of the South Pacific country – Noumea, the Great South and the West Coast – without breaking the bank.
Pepermans recommends hiring an electric car from Noumea Beach Cars (from $75 per person for a full day) to zip around Noumea.
Noumea Beach Cars will provide itineraries upon request. It’s a great way to experience Noumea like a local,’ she says.
Pepermans also suggests venturing outside of Noumea to see a different side of New Caledonia. The Great South, a 45-minute drive from Noumea, is a highlight. ‘When most people think about New Caledonia, they envision white, sandy beaches and crystal clear, turquoise waters. The Great South is different and has a red dirt landscape. At the Blue River Park in the Great South, clients can enjoy hikes, swimming in a fresh water stream and kayaking in a drowned forest. Hire for kayaks is $44 per person.’ On the West Coast, there’s the
Heart of Voh, a natural mangrove in the shape of a heart. The best way to see it is from the air and ultralight flights start at $85 per person. Flights depart from Koumac.