New Caledonia Attracts Record High Visitors with Kiwi Travellers Leading the Charge


New Zealand’s next-door neighbour, New Caledonia has experienced a remarkable first half of 2023 in terms of international tourist arrivals with a record of travellers. Despite facing challenges arising from post-pandemic recovery and reduced weekly air connections since the onset of the Covid crisis, the allure of New Caledonia for travellers has remained strong throughout the first half of 2023.

From January to June 2023, the destination welcomed a record number of tourists with 54,184 arrivals (by plane), an increase of 2.3% compared to the first half of 2019. New Zealand experienced the highest increase of 33% with 5,077 visitors so far this year.


Once restrictions were lifted for travels to New Caledonia in August last year, New Zealanders were eager to visit and the destination welcomed a record high of travellers already in December, beating its pre-pandemic numbers. Since then the popularity of the destination has continued to rise, something Bianca Henry, Account Director for New Caledonia Tourism New Zealand is very excited about.


“The allure of New Caledonia continues to entice more travellers to our beautiful destination and we’re excited to see the Kiwis leading the rise with the most impressive increase across all markets. Whether it’s for a short weekend trip, a trip over the school holidays with the family, or a relaxing longer holiday over the Christmas break, New Caledonia will tick the boxes for every type of holiday,” Henry said about the results.


This resurgence in international tourism in New Caledonia can be attributed to the concerted efforts of New Caledonia Tourism, the constant support of the trade industry in New Zealand, and its local partners. Their campaigns, including the “Get Closer” awareness initiative and strategic tactical campaigns, along with focused efforts to address swimming restrictions concerns, have been instrumental in achieving this recovery.

Look no further than New Caledonia for a destination that combines natural beauty, friendly locals and delicious cuisine that reflects the melting pot of culture that is the South Pacific. Whether it is for a dose of French influence without the long-haul flight or to simply find a spot of relaxation under the palm trees next to a white-sand beach, a visit to New Zealand’s next-door neighbour fits the bill.


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