Are you looking for that Pacific island paradise but afraid to leave civilisation behind? Noumea provides the perfect mix, being the largest city and the capital of the French island of New Caledonia, off the coast of Australia.

Hiring a car in Noumea

After experiencing the city on the Le Petit Train tour, you'll want to go exploring for yourself. Don't worry as cheap Noumea car hire is available. A good starting place after arriving on your Noumea flights is car hire from Noumea Airport. Several companies, including international brands, operate at or around the airport.

Places to visit in Noumea

After you've checked into your cheap Noumea hotels you'll want to use that Noumea car hire to go and discover what the city and island have to offer. Your first port of call should be the Tjibaou Cultural Centre, slightly outside of the city, which offers a look at the iconic round wooden houses seen on postcards of the city. You'll also get the chance to see traditional dance performances while you're there. To get an experience of the wilderness of the Pacific islands take a trip to Michel Corbasson Zoological and Forest Park before taking a dip below the ocean at the Aquarium des Lagons.

General Advice on Hiring a Car

When you purchase car hire you are entering into a contract with your car hire company. Always check their terms and conditions before you buy to make sure you're aware of your responsibilities when you collect your car in Noumea, and any additional charges.

Here's a few things to watch out for:

  • Almost all car hire companies add a mandatory fee for drivers under the age of 25.
  • Check what level of insurance is included for the hire car in Noumea. In particular check how much the excess is (the amount you need to pay in the event of any accident) you may want to take out additional insurance.
  • Check what the fuel policy is with your car. Don't forget to fill up the tank before you drop it off if you've agreed to return it full!
  • Find out if there's a maximum daily mileage - especially if you're planning to do a lot of driving in Noumea!
  • You'll need to pay a deposit (or pre-approve one) to pick up the car. Most car rental companies will only accept credit cards for this.

  • If you'd like more advice on common charges (and what you can do to avoid them) read our complete guide to car hire.