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New Caledonia is the perfect place for an adventurous self-drive getaway with diverse landscapes waiting to be explored.

THE ROAD Trip recently launched two self-drive packages for New Caledonia for those looking for some adventure.

The packages give travellers the freedom to be guided through the destination with the flexibility of choosing between different stops where you can meet friendly locals and visit unspoilt areas rarely visited by tourists.

With a meticulously designed itinerary, maps and a bespoke app, The Road Trip allows travellers to experience the thrill of a self-drive adventure without the stress.

“We chose New Caledonia as we felt that it offered an incredible mix of coastal and hinterland scenery and of course its intriguing Kanak culture among other things,” said Chris Cameron, founder of The Road Trip New Zealand and Australia.

“As with New Zealand, New Caledonia is a country that is a must-see and our FIT custom trips work well. Also being just four hours from Australia gives Aussies an incredible chance to discover a slice of France in the Pacific.”



Over 11 days this tour will take travellers to the headline sights of mainland New Caledonia.

Guests can explore the region’s fusion of nature and culture, from the UNESCO World Heritage-listed lagoon to expansive parklands.

Highlights include Bourail’s La Roche Percée and Baie des Tortues, Farino Plateau’s rainforests and waterfalls, Hienghène’s hidden gem village and Noumea’s vibrant streets with French-Melanesian cuisine.


For those looking for a more intimate cultural experience, this 13-day tour will take travellers off the beaten path and immerse them in local customs with tribal stays, market tastings and cultural museums.

In this package, travellers will discover hidden gems on both the mainland Grand Terre and the majestic Isle of Pines.

From staying in a Kanak tribe to dining with Broussards (French cowboys), exploring the convict era and encountering local fauna and flora, this immersive experience promises a trip away from the crowds.

The Road Trip offers travel agents a 10 per cent commission on the road trip tours.

Checklist before road tripping in New Caledonia

A few things travellers need to keep in mind before heading out on their self-drive adventure:

  • As a French territory, New Caledonians drive on the right-hand side of the road.
  • It is strongly recommended you book your rental car well in advance to avoid missing out.
  • It is also strongly recommended to pick up a Wi-Fi box at the Tontouta airport to be able to use GPS.
  • While New Caledonia boasts an extensive network of service stations, be mindful that they might be closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.