Get Inspired / New Caledonia Noumea Highlights, New Caledonia Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / New Caledonia Noumea Highlights, New Caledonia story by: Inspire South Pacific The Place des Cocotiers is a perfect place to begin an exploration of the Paris of the Pacific. While the ornate bandstand and cafés could be straight from France, towering flame trees and tropical produce at the market add an exotic South Seas touch. The temptations of boutiques offering fashion straight from Paris will keep shoppers engrossed but the beaches of Baie des Citrons and Anse Vata are also irresistible. Getting around is easy with an Explorer pass to use on hop-on, hop-off buses. One of Noumea’s star attractions is the Tjibaou Cultural Centre, a masterpiece inspired by Kanak architecture. Evenings entice with a host of restaurants, bars and casinos. For a change of pace take a lagoon boat trip to the 140-year-old Amedee lighthouse. The island’s underwater world waits beyond its beaches. Highlights • SPEND SOME TIME AT THE TJIBAOU CULTURAL CENTRE – Discover the unique architectural buildings just 10 minutes from the city centre. The bold, modern style, both elegant and restrained, has been designed from the inspiration of traditional Kanak architecture. View fantastic art and artefacts from all over the South Pacific. • AMEDEE LIGHTHOUSE – Take an excursion further afield to the Amedee Lighthouse located within a natural Marine Reserve and home to a large variety of coloured tropical fish. This trip is a “must do” for those who like snorkelling. Your excursion includes return catamaran transfers from Noumea, buffet lunch, cultural dancing and a glass bottom boat ride. • ANSE VATA BAY – This is the main area for sea activities. Also pleasant for a walk along the beach fringed by coconut trees. Numerous hotels, shops and restaurants and night clubs are also located at Anse Vata Bay. • SIT BACK AND RELAX AT BAIE DES CITRONS – Baie des Citrons is the perfect place for a family day at the beach or a meal in one of its restaurants and cafés. • PLACE DES COCOTIERS – Or Coconut Square. Shadowed by centenary flame trees right in the heart of the city. Thursday night markets are great for local handicrafts, food and entertainment. • NOUMEA AQUARIUM – World famous for its fluorescent corals and numerous varieties of tropical sea life, the Aquarium is located between the two main beaches – Anse Vata and Baie des Citrons. Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wakatipu: Queenstown Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist Ask us about South Pacific cruising Read more Add or remove from Wishlist Family Cruising in the South Pacific Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.