Cheapest car hire in Noumea
5 seat minivan
*daily rates in Noumea based on a 1 day rental (24hr period) and for guidance purposes only.
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*average daily rates based on 7 day rental, search for todays best prices.
Useful things to know about Noumea
- Noumea is the largest city in the Pacific Islands with nearly 100,000 inhabitants
- It was originally called Port-de-France but changed its name in 1866
- It’s built as a commune in the south of the Island of Grande Terre
- During the Second World War it was the base for US operations in the South Pacific
- Many of the street names such as ‘Motor Pool’ and ‘Stores’ relate to the time of the American bases
Noumea Mini Guide
What Kind of Travellers Head for Noumea?
Noumea is an industrial city so you may be sharing your plane with business travellers as well as those who come to enjoy the fabulous beaches and the wonderful hospitality of the Noumeans. The island has a reputation for delicious food too, a result of the mix of cultures that share it. You’ll need to like your holidays hot and humid for Grande Terre has a very tropical climate but at least there’s the cooling sea if things get too hot.
How Easy is it to get to Noumea?
It’s a long trip to Noumea from Europe or eastern America but it’s not difficult. Many travellers choose to connect in Australia
, although the recognised hub for Europe is Finnair’s flight from Helsinki
to Seoul in Korea, before making a connection to Noumea. What you will find is that prices are very expensive, especially for the last leg to Noumea because of a lack of competition.
What can I do When I get to Noumea?
You can split your time between relaxing on the perfect beaches, taking an occasional cooling dip in the sea, taking off in your hire car to explore the dense jungle and mountains of the interior or finding out more about the people that live in New Caledonia and how they’ve developed over the millennia. First point of call should be the Museum of New Caledonia which takes you from the early aboriginal settlement up to the current day. For a more cultural approach to its history, visit the Tjibaou Cultural Centre which is housed in a giant version of the traditional wooden huts built by early settlers.