Best Time to Visit New Caledonia

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On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit New Caledonia. We created climate tables and charts for the location of Noumea. These contain details about temperatures, precipitation and more.

Furthermore, we analyzed all climate data and provide a recommendation about which months are best to visit New Caledonia for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol 17 °C to 29 °C
Waves Symbol 22 °C to 27 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 1.545.31 in (5 – 12 Days of Rain)
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Geographical location

New Caledonia is a group of islands off the Australian north-east coast in the South Pacific.

The total area of the islands is 11500 square miles, Grande Terre, with over 16,000 square metres, is the largest island in the archipelago and is home to the capital Nouméa and the international airport La Tontouta.

On Grand Terre lies Mont Panié (1628 m), the highest elevation of New Caledonia. The second largest coral reef in the world, the New Caledonian Barrier Reef, is located just off the coast and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

New Caledonia, together with Fiji, New Guinea and Vanuatu, is geographically part of the Melanesian archipelago. For a long time the country was a French colony and is today a so-called overseas territory of France with special status. For example, New Caledonia has its own currency, the former colonial currency CFP franc.

The distance from Berlin to Nouméa is about 9900 miles. For example, Air France, Qantas, Air Newzealand and Air Calédonie travel via Australia, New Zealand or Japan.

Climate in New Caledonia

DSC00769 (Thomas Ballandras)  CC BY The archipelago in the southern Pacific is located in the tropics. Due to the relatively large distance to the equator, the temperatures are somewhat cooler than on other South Sea islands. Along the main island runs a mountain range that brings a humid climate to New Caledonia in the north and east and a dry climate in the rain shadow lying west and south.

The southeast trade wind rains its humid air masses mainly on the eastern slopes of the mountains. As a result, the other regions of New Caledonia receive comparatively little rainfall. The eastern part of the island records 2500 to 157.48 in of rain per year, whereas on the western side less than 59.06 in of rain fall per year.

On the archipelago of New Caledonia, a fundamental distinction is made between two seasons. From December to March there is a warm, windy and rather humid climate in New Caledonia. It comes almost daily to short, very violent tropical showers. The average temperature is between 28 °C to 30 °C. The highest temperatures are reached in February.

Cyclones are particularly dangerous in the north winter. In this phase of the year, an extremely high air humidity, which can often exceed 80 %, is decisive. A cool and dry climate prevails in New Caledonia from April to November. The average day temperatures are between 22 °C to 27 °C. The lowest temperatures are in August.

Best Time to Visit New Caledonia: Overview

JanuaryJan
TemperaturesTemp. up to 29 °C
FebruaryFeb
TemperaturesTemp. up to 29 °C
MarchMar
TemperaturesTemp. up to 29 °C
AprilApr
TemperaturesTemp. up to 27 °C
MayMay
TemperaturesTemp. up to 25 °C
JuneJun
TemperaturesTemp. up to 24 °C
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When to visit New Caledonia?


The best time to visit New Caledonia in the South Seas is the drier months of July to mid-December. During this time there is comparatively little precipitation and very pleasant temperatures. July and August can still be a bit fresh on some days, while from the beginning of December it becomes increasingly muggy and the danger of tropical cyclones can slowly increase. From mid-December until the end of March it is very hot and humid.

For a seaside holiday in New Caledonia, we recommend October and November as the best time to travel. In principle, however, the South Sea island can be visited well all year round, with most rainfall expected between January and March. This phase is in the warm season, which lasts from September to the end of March and can be described as”South Sea summer”.

Climate Chart New Caledonia

Noumea

Climate Chart Noumea
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Source of Data: German Weather Service (Offenbach) and Wikipedia

Climate Table New Caledonia

In the following, you will find the climate table for New Caledonia, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, Water Temperatures, and Hours of Sunshine.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Noumea (New Caledonia)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature29°29°29°27°25°24°23°23°24°26°27°28°
Night Temperature23°23°23°21°20°19°17°17°18°19°21°22°
Water Temperature27°26°26°26°24°23°23°23°22°23°24°25°
Precipitation (inch)4.454.845.314.373.585.082.872.761.542.092.482.87
Rainy days910121010111085666
Hours of Sunshine877765677888
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Noumea is 22.8 °C.

For comparison: London 11 °C, NYC 12 °C, LA 17.9 °C

Warmest month: February (25.7 °C)
Coldest month: July (19.7 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Noumea is 27 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
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Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 42.24 inch on 103 rainy days

For comparison: London 24.06 in, NYC 41.57 in, LA 12.01 in

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

You cannot expect snow in any month in Noumea.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, December is the sunniest month with an average of 8.4 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 7 hours of sunshine per day on average. For comparison: London has 4.1, NYC has 7 and LA has 8.9 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Highlights and Attractions


If you are on holiday in New Caledonia, you should not miss the fascinating New Caledonian Barrier Reef. The coral reef has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is unparalleled worldwide.

The Ile de Pins is located at the southern end of the main island and is considered a symbol of New Caledonia, embodying a special degree of original beauty. Nouméa, the capital of New Caledonia, offers street cafés, luxury boutiques and beaches shaded by palm trees.

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Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in Noumea (Station Vallée du Tir)
clear sky     clear sky, 27 °C
Clouds: 0 %       Wind: 13 mph S
Air Pressure: 1009 hPa       Humidity: 54 %
Last updated: 18th Nov 2018, 05:30 am
The next days …
18th Nov 201819th Nov 201820th Nov 201821st Nov 201822nd Nov 201823rd Nov 2018
sky is clear18 °C to 23 °Cfew clouds17 °C to 23 °Cscattered clouds19 °C to 24 °Clight rain18 °C to 24 °Clight rain22 °C to 27 °Clight rain22 °C to 27 °C
18 °C to 23 °C17 °C to 23 °C19 °C to 24 °C18 °C to 24 °C22 °C to 27 °C22 °C to 27 °C
Clouds: 0 %Clouds: 12 %Clouds: 32 %Clouds: 2 %Clouds: 76 %Clouds: 6 %
No PrecipitationNo PrecipitationNo Precipitation0.03 in of rain0.11 in of rain0.12 in of rain
Weather information provided by OpenWeatherMap. (CC BY-SA)
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South Pacific Islands: Regions

New Caledonia is part of the holiday destination South Pacific Islands. We analyzed the climate for additional regions, in order to provide you with information about the best time to visit and the expected holiday weather:

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