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Car Hire in Noumea


Car Hire in Noumea

This information is correct as of August 2015.

Noumea, the capital of New Caledonia, is known attractions such as the Aquarium des Lagons Nouvelle Caledonie, Musee de Nouvelle Caledonie, Plage de la Baie de Citrons, Amédée lighthouse, Nouméa Cathedral, and Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre. Exploring Noumea on your own is possible with the car hire agencies that operate within the area.

Where to hire a car in Noumea

Noumea, New Caledonia is served by car hire companies like Budget, Hertz, Alamo, Thrifty, Sunnycars, National, Tipoa Car Hire, 3Click Car Hire, Sixt, Europcar, Avis, Argus Car Hire, Rhino Car Hire, and EasyTerra, among other major car hire brands and local providers. These dependable car hire companies offer pick-up and drop-off services to various stops within the city, including ports of entry. Many car hire providers have offices at Noumea Magenta Airport, La Tontouta International Airport, the downtown area, and the central business district.

What to expect when hiring a car from Noumea

Driving in Noumea is on the right hand side of the road. Vehicles for rent in Noumea usually come in smaller vehicle types with minis and compacts like Hyundai I10 and Toyota Yaris; larger vehicles like Honda Accord and Toyota Auris; along with vans, and 4x4 SUVs like Hyundai H1, Mitsubishi ASX, Mitsubishi Pajero, and Toyota Hilux-Dual Cab.

The roads on Grande Terre island, the main island of New Caledonia and where Noumea is situated, is generally in excellent conditions. The highway speed limit on the west coast is 110 km/h, while the speed limit on the east coast is slower at 100 km/h, due to its proximity to the mountain range, producing corners and hills on and near the roads. You can acquire road maps from the tourist information office at La Tontouta International Airport; roads on the island are also well-signposted.

Getting to your destination

Dumbéa, a commune within the Noumea suburbs is located towards the northwest of Noumea city centre and is within the South Province of New Caledonia. Drop by Dumbéa for destinations and like Koghi Parc Adventure and Golf De Dumbea, among others.

Reach Dumbéa from Noumea with a 19-minute or 18.6-kilometre drive. Some of the roads or passes that serve the route include Voie express n°1 - Route du Normandie, Rue Edouard Unger/RT1, Rue Carl Leoni, Voie express n°2 (E2), and Route De Nakutakoin.

Païta, also a commune within Noumea, houses La Tontouta International Airport and is known for stops like La Belle Verte and Karikate Randonnees, to name a few.

When driving to Païta from Noumea, the total trip duration is around 20 minutes and will cover approximately 25.5 kilometres. Drive to Païta via Voie express n°1 - Route du Normandie, Rue Edouard Unger/RT1, Voie express n°2 (E2), and Voie express n°2 - Route du N.

With sites and monuments like the Museum of Bourail, Fellow of Bourail, Turtle Bay, Gouaro Deva, Arab Cemetery, and New Zealand Cemetery of the Second World War, Bourail is also known for its beaches like Roche Percee, Gouaro Deva, and more.

Bourail is around an hour and 54 minutes or 159 kilometres from Noumea. The destination can be reached by driving down Voie express n°1 - Route du Normandie, Rue Carl Leoni, Rue Edouard Unger/RT1, and Route Territoriale 1/RT1.

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