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Top tips for hiring a car in New Caledonia

  • New Caledonia car rentals allow you the freedom to explore New Caledonia’s islands at your convenience. You can plan your itinerary according to your preferences and travel at your desired pace. New Caledonia is known for its beautiful landscapes and beaches, in areas such as Nouméa and Bourail. Renting a car allows you to reach remote areas that might not be easily accessible by public transportation, like Baie des Tortues. Renting a car can save you both time and money. Instead of booking separate tours or transfers, renting a car allows you to tick off multiple attractions during a single-day trip.
  • When you are driving around New Caledonia, be aware of the presence of animals such as deer, wild pigs, and birds that may cross the roads unexpectedly. Pay attention to road signs indicating wildlife crossings and take appropriate precautions. New Caledonia also typically experiences a cyclone season from November to April. There are heavy rainfalls, strong winds, and floods that can make roads dangerous during these periods.
  • Companies offering New Caledonia car rentals, like Budget, require children to be placed in rear-facing car seats until they reach the required age or weight threshold, approximately three years or between 20 and 40 pounds. Children between the ages of three and 12 years can transition to forward-facing car seats with harnesses. Children 12 and up can travel in booster seats. SIXT has forward-facing seats for children between the age of nine months and 12 years. It offers seats with supportive padded headrests to fit your child's height and offer more comfort.
  • While New Caledonia generally has well-maintained roads, there are a few routes that can be challenging for drivers. The Transversal Route, also known as the RT1, traverses mountainous terrain and can have steep inclines, hairpin turns, and narrow sections. The East Coast Road, or RT3, runs along the coast and can be prone to landslides and rockfalls, particularly during heavy rains. The roads leading to the Blue River Provincial Park, such as the RT6 and RT7, can be narrow, winding, and surrounded by dense vegetation. It's important to exercise caution, drive defensively, and be aware of changing road conditions when navigating these routes.
  • Book your rental car in New Caledonia at least 5 days before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Standard rental cars in New Caledonia are around 107% more expensive than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in New Caledonia

  • What is the most popular car hire in New Caledonia?

    Standard (Mitsubishi Montero or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in New Caledonia.

  • How can I find car hires near me in New Caledonia?

    Take a look at our extensive car hire location map to find the best car hire deals near you.

  • What is it like driving in New Caledonia?

    The driving culture in New Caledonia is generally laid-back and relaxed. Drivers tend to be courteous and patient, especially in urban areas. Cyclists and pedestrians are not as common as vehicles, especially outside urban areas, so it's crucial to watch out for them and give them sufficient space on the road. Road conditions can vary, with some rural areas having narrower roads and limited signage. Additionally, local drivers may occasionally exceed speed limits or engage in aggressive driving behaviors, so maintaining defensive driving practices is advisable.

  • How old do you have to be to rent a car in New Caledonia?

    You must be 21 years old to rent a car with Budget. Renters between the ages of 21 and 25 years will be charged underage driver's surcharges. You must have a valid driver's license from your home country and an International Driving Permit (IDP) recognized in New Caledonia. Renters must also provide valid passports or national identity cards as proof of identity.

  • What are the gas prices in New Caledonia?

    In New Caledonia, the average price of gasoline is approximately 147 XPF (1 USD). The price per gallon is approximately 554 XPF (5 USD). Gas stations are generally available throughout the islands, including in remote areas like Mobil Pont des Français and Mobil Koné. Payment for fuel can typically be made with cash or credit cards. Remember fuel consumption can vary depending on the road conditions and car type.

  • What are the speed limits in New Caledonia?

    The speed limit within urban areas is 31 miles per hour. Areas like Nouméa have lower speed limits due to specific road conditions or inclement weather. On open roads outside urban areas, highways, or expressways like E1 and E2, the speed limit is as high as 68 miles per hour.

Car rental directory

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    keddy by Europcar car hire locations in New Caledonia

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  • europcar

    Europcar car hire locations in New Caledonia

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  • pointrouge

    Point Rouge car hire locations in New Caledonia

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  • budget

    Budget car hire locations in New Caledonia

    5 Locations

  • sixtrentacar

    Sixt car hire locations in New Caledonia

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  • avis

    Avis car hire locations in New Caledonia

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  • hertz

    Hertz car hire locations in New Caledonia

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  • sunnycars

    Sunnycars car hire locations in New Caledonia

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  • shouqi

    Shouqi car hire locations in New Caledonia

    1 Location

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The rates displayed include all taxes and fees for hire cars for the class listed and were found by KAYAK users in the last 48 hours. Offers are subject to change and may not be available on all car hires listed or dates of travel. Some hire car providers charge additional fees for other services (GPS, infant car seats, etc.). Please check the website of the respective hire car provider.