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A couple of hours from Australia’s eastern seaboard, find a tropical island destination offering holidaymakers a paradise of stunning beauty. With a unique cultural blend of French and Melanesian influences, New Caledonia offers an endless variety of landscapes and tourist attractions. See some of the best white sandy beaches in the Pacific and enjoy spectacular mountain retreats. Visit the cosmopolitan capital city of Noumea and islands with preserved traditional cultures. New Caledonia’s diversity is just waiting to be discovered.
The cosmopolitan capital of Noumea is a city of contrasts. From chic boutiques and fine dining to beautiful sheltered bays and all-night dance clubs, the French Riviera of the Pacific offers a uniquely diverse experience. Its effortless combination of stunning South Pacific landscape and European elegance is unparalleled. Enjoy the range of sights on offer, including the city's magnificent beaches and waterways, and awe-inspiring viewpoints. The bay attracted the first European settlers in 1853, and the city's appeal is still abundantly evident today. The capital boasts a range of art galleries, theatres, cinemas and museums, one of which (the City Museum) is housed in the old Nouméa City Hall. Other colonial-era buildings, including the Maison Célières and Château Hagen, are also still standing, and have been beautifully restored. For those dreaming of a little retail therapy, there is no shortage of big name international brands and luxury boutiques to enjoy.
A stunning jewel in the South Pacific, the Isles of Pines is the prefect holiday destination in New Caledonia to unwind on pristine beaches and enjoy the pine-tree skyline. It was James Cook who gave the island its name back in 1774, due to the abundance of New Caledonia pines and their characteristic silhouettes. Accessible by boat or plane, the island has long been one of New Caledonia’s most popular tourist destinations, without losing anything of its beauty or authenticity.