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Car Hire in New Caledonia

New Caledonia: A Pacific paradise with major French flair. This special province of France combines elegance, culinary excellence and sophistication with all the beauty of the South Pacific. Travellers will undoubtedly want a rental car in New Caledonia to get around, as many destinations in the area are most easily accessed by vehicle.

The east coast of the main island is just one example of the many off-the-beaten-path locations you will be able to explore when you hire a car in New Caledonia. Take a jaunt away from the more well-travelled areas to experience ethnic Melanesian cuisine, native flora and fauna, and stunning scenery. Explore it all by renting a car in New Caledonia through DriveNow.

DriveNow allows you to compare rental rates from some of the top names in the industry. You can examine all of your options to ensure you get the best deal, freeing up your cash for a few extra croissants. Oui oui!

Why should you reserve your New Caledonia car hire through DriveNow?

  • Price - Because you can compare rental rates among top agencies, you can be sure you're getting the best deal on your car hire.
  • Simplicity - With DriveNow, checking rental rates is simple, quick and easy.
  • Free Service - No booking, agency or admin fees.
  • Trusted Suppliers - DriveNow works with some of the top rental car companies in the world, including Thrifty, Europcar and Avis.
  • No Credit Card details are required to reserve your car (with most suppliers).
  • Immediate booking confirmation locks in your rate and reserves your vehicle.
  • Drive-away prices include all taxes and levies (minus extras and upgrades).
  • Lowest price guarantee.
  • Trust and Experience - DriveNow has been making car hire easy and convenient for more than 10 years.

Booking early is essential if you want to secure the lowest rental rate. The most desirable time to visit New Caledonia is from September to December, as the weather is neither too hot nor too cold, and chances of storms are minimal. If you're looking to secure a car hire during these months, be sure to book as soon as possible!

Frequently asked questions on hiring a car in New Caledonia

What kind of licence do I need to drive in New Caledonia?

As long as you hold a valid driving licence in your home country, you should be able to hire a car and drive in New Caledonia.

What is it like to drive in New Caledonia?

When driving in New Caledonia, you must stay to the left-hand side of the road. Be aware that you may not be able to take your vehicle around to other islands. However, when staying on La Grade Terre (New Caledonia's main island), you should be able to drive around the area without any hassle. The entire body of land is just 400kms long and 50kms wide.

Car hire payment

With most of our rental partners no credit card information is required to book your vehicle with DriveNow. When you pick up your car hire, you can pay using your credit card.

What car rental insurance options are available for New Caledonia?

Insure your car hire with a Collision Damage Waiver (rental car insurance) or seek out travel insurance that covers rental car accidents to help reduce your excess liability. For holders of Australian licenses DriveNow offers pre-purchased rental insurance through our partner Hiccup Insurance who specialise in car rental insurance and whose rates are often cheaper than those offered by the rental companies. Learn more about car hire insurance options. Whichever option you elect to take remember that in the event of an accident secure copies of all documentation, police reports and if possible take photos.

Other helpful driving tips

Most petrol stations close around 7pm and open at 6am. In addition, many stations close between 12 and 3pm.