Visiting

Business hours

Business hours are normally from 7.30am to 11.30am and 1.30pm to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday.

Banks are open from 7.30am to 3.30pm, Monday to Friday. There are two subsidiaries of French banks and two New Caledonian banks, which have branches throughout the territory.

Public holidays

January 1 – New Year's Day
May 1 – French Labour Day
July 14 – Bastille Day
August 15 – Assumption Day
September 24 – New Caledonia Day
November 1 – All Saints’ Day
November 11 – Armistice Day
December 25/26 – Christmas

Climate

New Caledonia has the same seasons as in Australia and a similar climate to Queensland. January to March is the wet season when cyclones are most likely to occur, with temperatures ranging from 28°C to 35°C. July to August is the winter period, with temperatures ranging from 16°C to 24°C.

For weather details in New Caledonia, please visit the World Meteorological Organization.

Currency

Oanda currency converter

The currency is the Pacific Franc (XPF or CFP) and is fixed to the Euro. Australian currency can be exchanged at banks and hotels. While banks cards are commonly used in Noumea and larger towns, cheques and cash are the most common form of payment in smaller towns. Most credit cards are accepted in larger shops and hotels.

Time zones and time differences

There is only one time zone. New Caledonia is one hour ahead of Australian Eastern Standard Time.

To find out the current time in Noumea, view the World Clock.

Dialling codes

New Caledonia's country code is +687.

For calls to New Caledonia from Australia dial: 0011 + 687 + area code + telephone number.

For calls from New Caledonia to Australia dial: 00 + 61 + area code + telephone number.

Find out more aboutAustralian area codes or international dialing codes

Electricity and water

New Caledonia’s power supply is 220/240 volts, 60Hz 1, 3 phases, 2, 3, 4 wires. The two-pin plugs are the most common. A Pacific adapter can be purchased at the international airports or prior to travel.

Links and resources

Travel and tourism

New Caledonian Tourism Board
New Caledonian Tourism Office

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