New Cal calling

WHETHER you’re after an adventure or just a place to lie back and watch the world go by, New Caledonia has a holiday to suit all ages — and all tastes.

Families will love the country’s stunning beaches, where parents can relax while the kids paddle in the shallow turquoise waters. If you’re feeling more daring, the same beaches offer a wide range of activities including kite-surfing and wind-surfing, or you can take a trip inland for some trekking, mountain biking, zip-lining or golfing. Looking to satisfy that hunger craving? The island’s French-inspired fare of baguettes, cheese and wine all come with a unique tropical influence. Think coconuts and sweet potato — oui, sil vous plait!

The French archipelago is also a haven for those looking to immerse themselves in the local culture. Experience a tribal homestay, or book a self-drive car tour and explore the farmland along the west coast; it’s a spot not frequented by many Australians so you’ll secure bragging rights if you venture out.

Romantics will enjoy the incredible Isle of Pines, with its white sandy beaches and endless views. Located just 30 minutes from Noumea’s Magenta domestic airport, the island is home to New Caledonia’s signature Araucaria Pines — a sign you’re in paradise.

For more information on booking contact New Caledonia Travel Connection on 1300 108 625.

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