Noumea is the sun-soaked island paradise that dreams are made of. Surrouned by blue lagoons, overwater bungalows, pristine waters and rich French history, the capital of New Caledonia is as festive as it is stunning. Be sure to visit the Moselle Market, hike up Ouen Toro Hill and swim with dolphins. Fall in love with the uniquely French Noumea for your next romantic holiday.View our Noumea travel guide
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Visiting from Darwin to Noumea
Fly Darwin (DRW) to Noumea (NOU)
The approximate flight time for flights from Darwin to Noumea is 8 hours.
When to visit
The best time to visit Noumea is during the months of May, June, September and October with great weather and less crowds. These months are the ideal time for water sports, sightseeing and sampling local oysters. Temperatures range between 19°C to 26°C. The warmest months are from December to January with more humidity and an average temperature of 26°C to 30°C. If visiting in July and August, the coolest months you can enjoy the French festivals.
What is the main airport called?
La Tontouta International Airport (NOU)Opens in a new tab or window. Also known as Nouméa – La Tontouta International Airport is the main international airport in New Caledonia. The airport is in the municipality of Païta, approximately 52 km northwest of Nouméa.
Arriving in Nouméa
The helpful staff at Nouméa Airport will greet you when you land and assist with your travel needs. Once you collect your bags from the arrivals area, there are various transport options available to get you on your way.
Getting into Nouméa from Nouméa Airport
Various transport options are available to get to the town of Noumea from the airport. A regular bus service runs to town, along with private shuttle services, coaches, taxis and hotel transfers. It’s possible to hire a car to see all that you wish during your stay.
Getting around Nouméa
You can explore most of the city on foot or by hopping aboard one of the popular tourist trains that follow routes taking in all the major sights. If you want to get from one neighbourhood to another, you can call a taxi, travel on the Karuïa Bus or rent a moped or a bike. Nouméa is quite a hilly city, so you’ll need to be fairly fit to go sightseeing by bike. A fun way is to take a water taxi to head off the main island.
Fly from Darwin
Once you’ve purchased your tickets from Darwin, there are a few things you should know to ensure you’re as prepared as possible for your upcoming trip.
What is the main airport called?
Darwin Airport.Opens in a new tab or window Located 13km from the city centre on Henry Wrigley Drive, Marrara, Darwin International Airport (DRW) is the busiest and largest airport in the Northern Territory. Both domestic and international services operate from the same airport.
Passengers on Qantas flights from Darwin are allocated checked baggage. If you need more luggage, you can purchase an additional baggage allowance online prior to departure.
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