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Six of the best in New Caledonia


Here are some great reasons to put New Caledonia at the top of your must-visit list for 2019.

 

Variety is the spice of life

New Caledonia offers outback plains on the west coast, tropical mountains on the east coast, beautiful beaches in the Loyalty Islands, buzzing city life in the capital of Noumea and deserts in the Great South. You can have several different holidays in one.

 

Taste for Adventure

Skydive over the UNESCO World Heritage Listed lagoon or hike parts (or all!) of the Great South’s GRNC 1 100kilometre track.

For the more leisurely traveller with a penchant for wine and cheese, try a tour of Noumea’s Port Moselle market followed by lunch at a French restaurant.

 

Culturally rich

New Cal is a melting pot of people – French, Kanaks, Caledonians and more – so offers a unique cultural experience.

Immerse yourself in a French language music festival like Francofolies, visit the Tjibaou Cultural Centre in Noumea for a look back at the history of the Kanaks or head to the west coast for a glimpse of cowboy life. Yeehaw!

 

 

Tickle the taste buds

New Cal’s mix of cultures means you can enjoy French cuisine one day, fresh caught fish and other local produce the next, and a traditional Kanak bougna the day after that. You’d better arrive hungry…

 

Any budget will do

Book a serviced apartment and enjoy home-cooked meals made from the fresh produce at Port Moselle markets. Or treat yourself to a luxe resort like Le Meridien Noumea and enjoy gourmet meals and spa treatments.

Whether on a beer or champagne budget, New Cal won’t break the bank.

 

It’s so close

New Caledonia is only a short flight from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, meaning you can enjoy breakfast in Australia and dinner in a tropical paradise.

 

 

A FEAST OF FESTIVALS

With an events calendar packed with colourful cultural festivals and quirky celebrations, there’s never a dull moment in New Caledonia. Here’s a look at some of the highlights coming up in 2019.

 

Sports enthusiasts can experience the Transcaledonienne Trail event, join in the New Caledonia Marathon, or enjoy the South Pacific Open (PGA) golf tournament.

 

Foodies will be in heaven with several events celebrating the destination’s fresh produce and flavours on offer. Throughout the year, local villages across the country will host a series of unique festivals dedicated to the avocado, yam, lobster and vanilla.

 

New Caledonia’s distinct French influence will also make for some extravagant celebrations during 2019. The French Cheese Festival, taking place in Noumea and Bourail, will offer more than 130 varieties of artisan cheese for tasting, while the national Bastille Day festivities will feature a traditional military parade, music, dancing and grand fireworks display.

 

Music aficionados won’t want to miss the Blackwoodstock Rock and Francofolies festivals – enjoy a melodic smorgasbord of talented local and international artists.

 

 

DIARY DATES

French Cheese Festival. Held in two of New Caledonia’s finest hotels, Le Meridien Noumea (June 12-23) and Sheraton New Caledonia Deva Resort and Spa (June 28-30).

Bastille Day. (July 14).

New Caledonia Transcal Trail. (July 6 & 7). A two-day endurance running event which traverses New Caledonia’s south mountain chain.

New Caledonia International Marathon. (August 25).

South Pacific Golf Championship. (September).

Francofolies. (September).

Blackwoodstock Festival. (September). The sixth Blackwoodstock Rock Arts and Music Festival offers three days of open air concerts in Fort Téremba on the west coast.

 

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Written by: Traveltalk Magazine
Published: 6 March 2019


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