When I knew that a running race was organized in Noumea, I thought it was time for me to discover “le caillou” 😉
Arrival in New Caledonia
I took a plane ticket directly into the Air Calin website. FYI the flight is operated by Air New Zealand. There are no direct flights every day. It takes 3 hours to connect La Tontouta (the international airport north of Noumea) from Auckland.
Once there, two options are available to you :
– the bus from Monday to Friday only. The disadvantage is that it does not run on weekends and does not stop in front of your door ! I don’t know the price, sorry
– a shuttle that you can book in advance or not. The average price is 3000F. If you book in advance on the “Arc en ciel” website (which I did) it’s only 2000F. The advantage is that they run every day depending on flights hours and they drop you in front of your door, even if it’s an Airbnb😊. I went to Jane place, an English, I really recommend you! Very nice, offer to take you shopping if you need, you can serve as a drink and coffee. View for the Sunset :
It is the popular beach of Noumea, really beautiful! You can go windsurfing there. Although we are in winter I was able to walk quietly with my feet in the water 💜
Opposite you will find shopkeepers (there is a bakery for those who like me have not eaten French bread for a while), bars, restaurants, snacks, etc. It’s really nice to walk around !
For information after my run I tested the restaurant Pizza & Pasta, I had for 4000F with drink, pizza and dessert. I did not find it incredible but not bad anyway. (On my second visit I went back to taste the britain pizza dessert, so good!)
It is a bay which is north west of Anse Vata. I found it a bit less pretty especially on the beach side. Here again you can find a few bars, restaurants and shops across the road. I was recommended the creperie “la Gavotte” but I finally did not have the opportunity to go.
The city has rather disappointed me. I do not really recommend spending time there. What shocked me the most is having all the same French stores / brands found in France. It completely denatures the Pacific Island. In my opinion, rather to satisfy the French who come and want to keep their pace of metropolitan life. It’s a shame because blending into the local culture is so much more rewarding! Be careful to take a lot of leeway if you take a bus (or even a taxi) to get to the airport! Even having ordered it, I got a taxi that arrived with 25 minutes of delays…
After these 3 days I took a domestic flight to the Isle of Pines !
PS : Unfortunately the weather made me go back to Noumea one night (my host Airbnb welcomed me for free by the way).
La Nouvelle Calédonie, un rêve pour moi que ton article sur Nouméa a réactivé. Un jour peut être … certainement, je profiterai de l’Anse Vata et de la Baie des Citrons ! Merci pour ton article.
Merci ! C’était pas forcément la destination phare qui m’attirait à l’origine mais ça a été une bonne surprise, j’ai beaucoup aimé !
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