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Things to Do in New Caledonia With Kids

Top 10 Things to Do in New Caledonia With Kids

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What do you get when you mix French sophistication with the chill Pacific vibe? The answer is New Caledonia; a perfect holiday destination for families thirsty for a tropical adventure! So exactly where is New Caledonia? For those of you who are not familiar with this destination, it is a special collectivity of France in the southwest Pacific Ocean. The archipelago is located east of Australia, north of New Zealand, south of the Equator, and just west of Fiji and Vanuatu. Noumea is its capital and whilst there are plenty of attractions and activities you can do on a New Caledonia trip, there are equally as many things to do in Noumea city centre. So, pack your bags, book a flight and head to New Caledonia. In the meantime, here are a few fun things to do in New Caledonia to fill up your itinerary.

#01 – SEE THE HEART OF VOH

One of the best and most adventurous ways to explore New Caledonia with your children is from a bird’s perspective. Hop on a microflight or an ultraflight and fly over some of the most beautiful spots in New Caledonia. From the air, you’ll be able to see the famous Heart of Voh. In 1990, photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand captured a stunning image of a mangrove in Voh where the saline flats around the mangrove created a natural heart-shaped, only visible from the top.

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Whilst you’re in the air, enjoy the spectacular views of The Lagoon, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2008. Peak into the “blue hole” as you fly across the lagoon, which by the way is the largest in the world. If the weather is good, you can even see the turtles, sharks and stingrays basking in the ocean!

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#02 – VISIT THE AQUARIUM DES LAGONS

 Once you’re in New Caledonia, you must enjoy its marine wonders. This Pacific archipelago has many coral reefs and tropical fish species, and one of the best and safest ways to get to know that is to visit the Aquarium des Lagons. There you can see everything from big sharks to harmless starfish, but the kids usually always get excited about Nemo and Dory or clownfish and blue tang fish! Just don’t miss the attractive shark feeding every afternoon or the mysterious and fascinating creatures like the nautilus mollusc and the self-lighting flashlight fish.

#03 – PLAY TRADITIONAL PETANQUE

Head to the nearby park or playground for a chance to learn a game called petanque. Almost every park has a petanque court with locals having a go at it. So, don’t be shy to try your hand at this game which is similar to lawn balls or boules, where you can practice your coordination, precision and patience. Locals are usually very happy to show off their skills and even share a few techniques with you and your kids!

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#04 – GO ON A FOOD TOUR

The French claimed New Caledonia in 1853 and thus its cuisine is heavily influenced by French classics. Intertwined with its Pacific Island heritage, it provides for a unique cuisine which should be explored. For the foodie family, hop on a culinary tour to try out some of the island’s must eat dishes. You could try the Bougna which is the traditional Melanesian dish. Bougna is a combination of chicken, lobster or fish with yams, bananas, sweet potatoes and coconut milk wrapped in banana leaves. The food is then steamed in an earth oven heated by hot stones.

Hop on a Noumea tour that will take you to the local New Caledonia markets to have a look at some local fruits and produce followed by a walk to the famous Latin Quarter. If you’re going on a bit of a self-guided tour, make sure you stop at the chocolate Morand workshop boutique and check out some of the best pastries.

#05 – CHECK OUT MOSELLE MARKET

The Moselle Market is located beside the marina at Port-Moselle and it is New Caledonia’s biggest market. The market is open Tuesday to Sunday from 5 a.m. to midday and like most markets, the earlier you go the better. Here you’ll be able to find local produce, which occupies 3 of the 5 pavilions.

If you’re looking for tropical fruits, taro, choko, and delicious specialties like honey, pastries and spices, this is the place to be. If you’re a seafood lover, head to the sea product pavilion which is located near the wharf for fresh fish straight out of the ocean.

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And of course, no market would be complete without its array of souvenirs. Here the kids can spend their pocket money on jewelry, sarongs and plenty of tasty treats. And if you’re hungry in the midst of all that shopping, head to the French bar for the best “croque-madame” in all of New Caledonia.

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#06 – VISIT DUCK ISLAND

Mondays are rest days in New Caledonia, at least when it comes to tours and tourist attractions, so make the best use of this lazy day by heading to Ile aux Canards or Duck Island. Take a short water taxi ride to the island, bring your snorkeling gear and dive into the beauties of the marine world. You can also have an al fresco meal and relax, while watching kite surfers perform their shows from some of the best beaches in New Caledonia.

#07 – RIDE THE LE PETIT TRAIN

One of the best and most fun ways to travel around the capital is to take the Le Petit Train or the Tchou Tchou train. This miniature train makes circles around the city, from Anse Vata beach all the way to the center of Noumea and kids absolutely adore it. You can hop on or hop off at one of the many stations and see the main sights of the city while comfortably seated in the train.

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#08 – VISIT PARC ZOOLOGIQUE ET FORESTIER

The Le Petit Train also stops at Parc Zoologique et Forestier where you can see all sorts of New Caledonia’s native animals. Take a careful look at their national bird – the cagou, watch playful parakeets, restless monkeys, scary bats and chill lizards. This forest park also has many cool places to explore and many amazing views to capture.

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Things to Do in New Caledonia With Kids Cagou Birds

#09 – ENJOY WATER SPORTS

No trip to this part of the world would be the same without indulging in some New Caledonian water activities. If you’re traveling with teens who need a bit more adrenaline to get them off their phones, you can take sailing classes, try windsurfing, kitesurfing, jet skiing or water-skiing. For something a bit tamer you can try paddle-boarding and kayaking. And if you prefer to stay dry while doing something super fun, you can go fishing for all sorts of fish and deep-sea monsters!

#10 – TRADITIONAL DANCING

For a taste of New Caledonia culture, head to the Noumea center in the evening and let traditional dancers and singers entertain you with their rhythmic moves and lullabies. This is one of the more popular Noumea attractions. There are also numerous ice cream stalls and fun face-painting shows to end the day on a high note.

Take your time exploring all the things to do in New Caledonia and all its wonders. Both you and your children will come back home with many great memories, beautiful photos and a few souvenirs from these Pacific islands. And don’t be surprised if your kids wish to come back to New Caledonia for another adventure!

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BONUS TIP #2 – WHERE TO STAY IN NEW CALEDONIA

Apartment: Apartment Petit Loup
This property is 1-minute walk from the beach. Located 2 minutes’ walk from Anse Vata Bay where guests can hire surfboards and stand up paddle boards, Apartment Petit Loup offers free WiFi, a fully equipped kitchen and a balcony with sea views. It’s a large spacious apartment with good amenities. There is also laundry facilities so you can pack less if you are bringing along a big brood of kids!
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4 Star Comfort: Hilton Noumea La Promenade Residences
This is the perfect property for those wishing to have self-catered apartment style accommodation in a luxury brand. This property has 3-bedroom apartments with ocean views which can accommodate 6 people of their deluxe 2-bedroom apartments suitable for a family of 4. They have a great outdoor pool which is heated during the winter and a bay front restaurant.
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Budget: Nouvata
This property is located on Anse Vata bay and only a 1-minute walk to the beach. It has big outdoor pool which is great for the kids during the warmer months. Budget rooms are available in this property. This hotel also has rooms with 3 twins if that is a better configuration for you and the kids.
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Luxury: Le Méridien Nouméa Resort & Spa
Le Méridien Nouméa is a 5-star property and boasts an outdoor pool and a tennis court. Just 1 km from Palm Beach Shopping Centre, it offers rooms with free WiFi and a private balcony offering lovely ocean or garden views. Their Voyageur Suite will fit a family of 2 adults and 2 kids.
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Top 10 Things to Do in New Caledonia With Kids


Top 10 Things to Do in New Caledonia With Kids is by written Marie Nieves. Edited by Family Globetrotters.
Marie Nieves is a lifestyle blogger who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. On her travels she likes to read poetry and prose and surf the Internet. Her favourite writer is Tracy Chevalier and she always carries one of her books in her bag. She spends most of her free time at home walking her Labrador Retriever named Max. She is an avid lover of photography and a regular author at High Style Life. You can find Marie on Facebook or follow her on Twitter and Pinterest.


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Yukti July 20, 2018 - 6:35 am

I never knew of Caledonia and its location before reading your post. I would love to go for Pacific vibes with French influence. Those crystal clear blue waters are so inviting. Looks like a peaceful place with lots of nature. Thanks for sharing detailed information.

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Family Globetrotters August 10, 2018 - 10:12 am

You welcome Yukti! Totally agree about the Pacific vibes with a French influence. To me its like a wonderful cross section of cultures. And the food! Don’t get me started!

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Wandering life - Catarina Leonardo July 18, 2018 - 12:09 am

My daughter loves beach, so this place would be really perfect! It´s to bad it´s far away from Portugal, but maybe one day i can go.

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Family Globetrotters August 28, 2018 - 3:05 pm

Oh gosh yes! Super far from Portugal! But you are also close to some beautiful beaches! My daughter loves the beach too. She can go everyday!

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Annick July 17, 2018 - 8:52 pm

I’d never considered a trio to New Caledonia but your photos are making me reconsider! The foodie tour would be my first choice. Thank you for sharing different types of accommodations too – helps with budgeting!

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Family Globetrotters August 28, 2018 - 3:01 pm

You welcome! Well we all travel differently. Helps to have a few options for accommodation. Yeah the foodie tour looks amazing!

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Blair Villanueva July 17, 2018 - 8:25 pm

Is this the way to paradise?! Reading your post makes me convinced to visit Caledonia someday and experience its beauty.
I know this is something I shouldn’t miss.

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Family Globetrotters August 28, 2018 - 2:52 pm

Definitely not! Make your way there soon!

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Cat July 17, 2018 - 6:32 pm

OMG that looks like paradise! The water is so blue – it would be amazing to go snorkeling or scuba diving there! I would love to try their cuisine as well since it is so heavily influenced by the French!

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Family Globetrotters August 28, 2018 - 2:49 pm

Yes all water activities in that region would be stunning. The water there is so clear and so blue! Love the cuisine mix of French and Polynesian. How wonderful is that!

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Claire July 17, 2018 - 3:42 am

WOW, this is complete tropical paradise! If it wasn’t so far, I would take my family here in flash. I’m sure we will get there someday, it looks magical!

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Family Globetrotters August 28, 2018 - 2:48 pm

Yeah, its not so easy to get to unless you live nearby. Luckily its so accessible from Australia!

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Christine King July 16, 2018 - 8:01 pm

New Caledonia sounds remarkable. I love that they play petanque there! We just moved to Madagascar, and it is so popular here as well! We’ve just bought a set and are learning the rules! Duck island sounds incredible as well, as does the food! Bougna wrapped in banana leaf sounds absolutely amazing!

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Family Globetrotters August 28, 2018 - 2:45 pm

Oh wow you live in Madagascar? what is it like to live there? Has it required much of an adjustment. So cool they play prentaque that too but I suppose that the French influence coming through.

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Soraya July 16, 2018 - 1:11 pm

Exploring New Caledonia by air such as on a microflight or an ultraflight sounds amazing! And to see The Lagoon, a UNESCO site from up in the air would be so amazing. I totally would also love to do a Foodie tour of New Caledonia, especially because of its influence of the French classics. I so would like to try Bougna, it sounds very interesting – I think the combination of chicken with bananas, sweet potatoes, coconut milk then steamed with banana leaf sounds yum!

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Family Globetrotters August 28, 2018 - 2:44 pm

I think the combo of the Bougna does too! I mean, I would never think to put banans with chicken that’s for sure. The water in that part of the world is so pristine. Definitely worth a visit.

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Tif July 16, 2018 - 7:43 am

This looks like a lovely trip!! Personally I would do the food tour, I LOVE THEM, & secondly probably go to duck island and stare at the wildlife!! Sounds like an amazing trip to me!

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Family Globetrotters August 28, 2018 - 2:41 pm

Hahaha glad you love food tours! Especially if its a cuisine that I know very little about. And they always take you to such interesting places that perhaps e would never find.

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Lauren Pears July 16, 2018 - 4:01 am

Wow, the blue of the ocean is so stunning! I would love to visit here someday, especially to see Duck Island! I’d actually never heard of New Caledonia but may have to add it to my bucket list now :p

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Family Globetrotters August 10, 2018 - 10:11 am

Yay! Hope you make it there one day!

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Lydia Smith July 16, 2018 - 2:36 am

I love the blue water and I’ll give in to the aerial view anytime. Nobody hates snorkeling, so it’s a yes yes for me. The watersports is also a good idea to do less of phones and iPads. There are so many things to do in New Caledonia that little ones would forever be grateful for the trip.

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Family Globetrotters August 10, 2018 - 10:10 am

I hope they do! Yeah, chuck them in the water…. great way to get rid of those phones! Love snorkeling, especially in the clear blue waters.

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Deeptha July 16, 2018 - 12:44 am

Beautiful beaches, wildlife, water sports, and food tours! With all this and so much more to see and do, its no wonder that New Caledonia is such a nice draw for tourists. I think it is a place that families with kids as well as couples or solo travelers will enjoy visiting.

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Family Globetrotters August 10, 2018 - 10:09 am

New Caledonia has so many things to do and will appeal to everyone. Its a great place for families and we do love being outdoors whenever we can.

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Joanna July 16, 2018 - 12:21 am

New Caledonia looks stunning, and even if it looks like a paradise adult only island, it’s good to know that there are so many activities that children can enjoy as well. I don’t have children so the food tour and the market visit would be my highlights on the island. The Bougna sounds so delicious and it’s cooked in such an interesting way.

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Family Globetrotters August 10, 2018 - 10:08 am

My daughter is a little foodie so food tours are so her thing. And I think its a great way to the see the place as well and food is an interesting way to get to know their culture too. French influence + seafood = match made in heaven.

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Jenn and Ed Coleman July 15, 2018 - 11:17 pm

New Caledonia seems like a great place to visit with kids. I think good vacations with kids start with disconnecting them from electronics and finding stuff to do. (unfortunately, as of late it’s us who are way to connected with the digital world…) I don’t think there is anyway you could keep me from jumping in the water with them.

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Family Globetrotters August 10, 2018 - 10:07 am

Yeah I think a destination that has great outdoors is a great way to get kids off their electronics. So true about adult being just as bad and I have to consciously peel myself away from mine sometimes. That water sure looks enticing huh?

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Sherrie Fabrizi-Allbritten July 15, 2018 - 10:45 pm

It was hard to keep reading all the things to do with your amazing photos in front of me, lol. The color of that water makes me want to hop on a plane right away! Once I looked your photo’s over twice I went back and read. You list so many things to do- wow, never a boring moment especially on a family vacation! Your kids must of loved every minute!

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Family Globetrotters August 10, 2018 - 10:06 am

The water really is stunning isn’t it? The micro flights come highly recommended so worth considering if you’re ever visiting.

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Mike July 10, 2018 - 3:47 am

I absolutely love the shot from the plane! New Caledonia is actually holding a referendum later this year to decide if they want to get independent from France. Since I am trying to visit every independent country, this may finally give me a reason to visit this incredible place 🙂

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Family Globetrotters August 10, 2018 - 10:05 am

What an interesting mission to embark on, to visit every independent country! How many have you done so far. Well, for you sake, I hope this happens. Such an amazing destination.

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eli July 9, 2018 - 1:16 am

Wow such a stunning place! Those waters are perfect and it sounds like it’s got a lot of things to do for kids as well! The food tour definitely sounds like my thing too

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Family Globetrotters August 10, 2018 - 10:04 am

With the French influence, the food tours would be really interesting and marrying that up with some of the most amazing seafood is like a match made in heaven!

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Kavita Favelle July 8, 2018 - 4:45 pm

What a great list of things to do. I’d love to do the snorkelling and I do enjoy petanque as well!

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Family Globetrotters August 10, 2018 - 10:01 am

New Caledonia is so beautiful! Snorkeling in these waters would be amazing.

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Shane July 6, 2018 - 5:07 am

WOW the blues are just gorgeous! I definitely picture New Caledonia as more of a honeymoon destination but like to see that it’s family friendly too!

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Family Globetrotters August 10, 2018 - 10:00 am

New Caledonia would make an awesome honeymoon destination! But there is enough for everyone and yeah….. that water….. so stunning!

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Katie July 5, 2018 - 8:50 pm

This is a great list of things to do. I have never heard of the sport petanque before; it sounds fun though. The snorkeling trip also sounds super fun.

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Family Globetrotters August 10, 2018 - 9:59 am

Pentaque sounds like gun huh? Just something interesting to do when you’re in New Caledonia! Snorkeling in these waters would be amazing!

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Suman Doogar July 5, 2018 - 2:34 am

I am sure the kids loved the Duck island and aquarium the most. I myself would have loved to explore all the things that you have mentioned in the blog post. I like to stay dry around water but the water sports at this part of the world looks super amazing.

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Family Globetrotters August 10, 2018 - 9:58 am

You can eat your way through New Caledonia! Although you’re right, the water in this region is so stunning its hard not to dip your toes in just for a little bit!

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Katherine July 5, 2018 - 1:40 am

I’d love to go snorkeling off Duck Island! Especially since I’m usually the one who forgets to check when the ‘days off’ are, and inevitably have a day with nothing to do. That aerial view of New Caledonia looks like lots of fun as well!

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Family Globetrotters August 10, 2018 - 9:56 am

Looks amazing doesn’t it? Having a day off with nothing to do is the best way to travel:)

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