New Caledonia Events

Your holiday to New Caledonia in the South Pacific is not complete without attending some of the amazing events that are celebrated locally. Grab the local guide and a map of New Caledonia and choose from some of the current sporting and cultural events that are being held.

Mid May is one of the busiest times for festivals as the New Caledonia weather is wonderful at this time of year. Enjoy the three-day music festival in Noumea which showcases performers from neighbouring nations.

La Regate des Touques is also in Noumea, the capital, where decorative floats are raced along the Anse Vata. Join the Avocado Festival at Nece or the Mare which celebrates the harvest.

New Caledonia Day is celebrated on September 24 and celebrates the French claim to the islands. The Equinoxe celebrates comtemporary theatre, music and dance and is held biennially. Visitors love the Foire de Bourail: a mammoth country fair with horse racing, cattle showing and a rodeo. Being French, Bastille Day is held on July 14 and is celebrated with fireworks and a military march.

The New Caledonians love their sporting events and have applied to host the 2011 South Pacific Games. Dream Raid consists of 25 international teams competing through land and sea, from south to north of the main island: the Grande Terre.

With its many triathletes, New Caledonia holds many triathlons each year, the main one being the Nouméa Caisse d’Epargne Triathlon.

Melanesian culture is a vital to national harmony and the Tjibaou Cultural Centre holds many cultural events. The main Cultural Exhibition is held in March at the Maison des Artisans.