Top events in New Caledonia

May
06

Get into the island swing of things with this dance festival in May. There'll be displays from world class professionals, workshops and classes so...

June
07

Sample over 100 cheeses courtesy of cheese master Gerard Poulard when he stops off at Le Meridien Nouméa for his his annual Festival des Fromages...

August
27

New Caledonia is the host country for the newly revamped South Pacific Games, the biggest sporting event in the Pacific calendar. 150,000...

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New Caledonia Travel Guide

Key Facts
Area

18,575 sq km (7,172 sq miles).

Population

264,022 (2013).

Population density

14.2 per sq km.

Capital

Nouméa.

Government

French Overseas Territory.

Head of state

President François Hollande since 2012, represented locally by High Commissioner Jean-Jacques Brot since 2013.

Head of government

President of the government Harold Martin since 2011.

Electricity

220 volts AC, 50Hz. European-style, two-pin plugs are in use.

The Pacific island of New Caledonia is a nature lover’s paradise. Punching above its weight, the island lays claims to impressive natural features including the largest lagoon in the world, a unique blend of flora and fauna, and a 1800km-long (1118 mile) coral reef, second only in size to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

And yet, the island has much more to offer than mountain excursions and beach trips. Once a French colony and now with special French territorial status, the clash of Melanesian and French cultures is most visible to the south, in capital city Nouméa. Luxury hotels, gourmet restaurants and plush boutiques bring a cosmopolitan quality whilst the presence of traditional Melanesian cuisine, dance and village culture heralds the islander’s strong sense of heritage.

This juxtaposition is not always harmonious however, and conflicts between France and New Caledonia sometimes flare up, reflecting their differing attitudes on self-government, French nuclear testing in the region and more. A referendum scheduled for 2014 may see New Caledonia finally gain its independence.

 

Travel Advice

Last updated: 23 November 2014

The travel advice summary below is provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. 'We' refers to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. For their full travel advice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

New Caledonia is a French Overseas Territory. There is no formal British diplomatic representation. If you need consular assistance, contact the British Embassy, Paris.

There is a low threat from terrorism.

Most visits to New Caledonia are trouble free. Crime levels are low but you should take normal precautions.

Tropical cyclones may occur between mid-December and mid-March. 

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