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Car Hire Noumea Mini Guide

To help you when you arrive and collect your hire car please find a brief overview of Nouméa, followed by driving specifics:


Nouméa is the capital and largest city of New Caledonia, a special collectivity of France located in the southwest Pacific Ocean. With its French and Melanesian influences, the city offers a unique blend of European elegance and Pacific island charm.

  1. Location: Nouméa is situated on the main island, Grand Terre, on a deep-water harbor that serves as a key port for the surrounding region.

  2. Culture & Language: As New Caledonia is a French territory, French is the official language, and the culture is strongly influenced by French customs. However, the Kanak (indigenous Melanesian) culture is also prominently present.

  3. Attractions: Nouméa is home to various attractions, including the Tjibaou Cultural Centre, which showcases Kanak heritage and culture. Other attractions include the Nouméa Cathedral, Place des Cocotiers (the main square), and numerous beautiful beaches such as Anse Vata and Baie des Citrons.

  4. Climate: The city has a tropical climate, with a warmer, wetter season from November to March and a cooler, drier season from June to August.

Driving in Nouméa with a Hire Car:

  1. Driving Side: In Nouméa, as with the rest of New Caledonia, you drive on the right side of the road.

  2. Parking: Nouméa is a bustling city, and parking can be challenging, especially during peak hours. Look for designated parking areas or lots. Some areas might have metered parking, so ensure you have local currency handy.

  3. Speed Limits: Typically, the speed limit within city limits is 50 km/h. Always be attentive to road signs as there might be specific zones with different limits.

  4. Traffic: As the capital city, Nouméa can experience traffic congestion, especially during morning and evening rush hours. Always give yourself extra time if you have to be somewhere at a particular time.

  5. Road Conditions: The primary roads in Nouméa are well-maintained and paved. However, always be cautious of pedestrians, especially near tourist attractions or shopping areas.

  6. Language: While road signs are universal, they are in French, so it might be helpful to familiarize yourself with basic French road terminology.

  7. Fuel: There are several fuel stations in Nouméa, and most of them accept credit cards. It's always a good practice to keep your tank at least half full, especially if planning to venture outside the city.

  8. Hire Car Documentation: Always have your rental agreement, driver's license, International Driving Permit (if required), and any other necessary documents on hand. Some rental companies might provide a local map, which can be handy.

  9. Safety: While Nouméa is generally safe, always lock your car and avoid leaving valuables visible inside to prevent theft.

  10. Mobile Phones: Using mobile phones without a hands-free system while driving is prohibited.

In summary, driving a hire car in Nouméa is a great way to explore the city and its surroundings at your own pace. Familiarize yourself with local traffic rules, stay alert, and enjoy the beautiful blend of cultures and landscapes that Nouméa offers!

Current Rental Rates in Noumea

Volkswagen Up

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 49.25 EUR/day
Volkswagen Up

7 Days rental at 344.79 EUR from 18/03/2024

  2 |
  Manual |

Peugeot 208

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 53.83 EUR/day
Peugeot 208

7 Days rental at 376.84 EUR from 18/03/2024

  2 |
  Manual |

Hyundai Getz

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 68.63 EUR/day
Hyundai Getz

7 Days rental at 480.47 EUR from 18/03/2024

  2 |
  Automatic |

Key Highlights for Car Hire at Noumea: Making the Most of Your Journey.

  • 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 - Popular Destinations

Noumea car hire information

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Average prices per day in Noumea

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