Miscellaneous: The most detailed guidebooks to New Caledonia in English were produced by Lonely Planet.
Note that the publisher has recently dumped the country together with Vanuatu in one book, which means that some of the earlier detail is inevitably lost. I suggest that you get a copy of the older editions to New Caledonia alone - this is a very stable place where not much changes. Another great guide to the wider region is Moon's South Pacific Handbook, that covers New Caledonia in good detail and is pretty up to date.
Luggage and bags: If you're backpacking, I guess a backpack, otherwise a suitcase is fine.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I wore mostly sandals. Don't forget the sun hat.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Dia-stop or something in case of dehydration, plus the usual creams and bandaids. Insects don't seem to be too much of a problem.
Photo Equipment: Normal photo equipment is fine. Save on batteries by buying them before you leave, and get them developed back at home.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: I haven't camped there, but I guess you just need the usual, lightweight stuff because of the heat and humidity.
Miscellaneous: If I went back to Noumea again (and I just might - it was very pretty) I'd carry most of my own food (to save living on hotdogs!) and my own little camping stove. That would save a lot in meals.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Don't even think of taking anything fancy. Shorts, t-shirts and a beach dress (for women) will do you for day and night. No one dresses up at night except for the tourists. Just go with the flow and be relaxed.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you're into camping, pack a tent because there is some gorgeous camping sites around the country. Many have great facilities like clean showers and toilets.
Miscellaneous: Unless you speak French, this will be very useful at some point.
Be prepared that hardly anybody speaks English in New Caledonia!
Birds of the Solomons, Vanuatu & New Caledonia
Miscellaneous: The only field guide to the birds of New Caledonia, this book is a must for anyone with an interest in the territory's fauna.
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