Where the French Riviera meets the South Pacific. With its white sandy beaches, turquoise waters, and mountain rainforests combined with French and Melanesian cultures, New Caledonia is the perfect island vacation.

Shop in the cosmopolitan capital of Noumea and find elegant boutiques filled with European fashion. Learn about the ancient Melanesian culture of the indigenous Kanak people. For the more adventurous, swim, scuba dive and snorkel the world’s largest enclosed lagoon. One of the most spectacular islands in the South Pacific is the Isle of Pines. Explore the island’s white sandy beaches and sail among its emerald bays aboard a traditional outrigger pirogue.

Air New Zealand operates direct flights from Auckland to Noumea four to six days a week.

Source: Air New Zealand Vacations