Where to stay in Noumea and the rest of the countr
Stay on Anse Vata beach. This is the prettiest beach with quite a few cafes and restaurants. The city is nice to hang around in the day, but at night can be a little boring and sometimes a little frisky. There’s nothing lovelier than strolling along the beach after dinner with an icecream.
A great budget option on Anse Vata is Le Lagon. Directly across the road from the beach, some rooms have kitchens and their own restaurant is nice. There are also a number of motels just behind the hotels on the beach. Or, if you want to seriously treat yourself, stay at Le Meridien. This is a beautiful luxury hotel also on Anse Vata beach and the restaurant does a lovely, albeit expensive buffet dinner.
I have heard good things about the youth hostel in the city. Book ahead. Great views but a steep climb to get there!
If you venture out of Noumea, do yourself a favour and stay at a gite (pronouned zcheet). These are traditional Kanak huts run by the family who will make you feel very welcome.