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Place Feuillet photo
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Place de Cocotiers photo
Noumea Street photo
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Place de Cocotiers photo
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La Fol Hill photo
Noumea CBD photo
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Baie des Citrons photos

About Noumea

The biggest city in New Caledonia is Nouméa. It is located on Grand Terre, the main island of the archipelago. The city is the capital and has a mix of people including European, Asian, Polynesian, and Kanaks. The latter being the native people of New Caledonia.

British trader, James Paddon was the first person to setup a settlement in Noumea in 1851. France established the settlement a few years later to gain control of the island, At first the area was used as a penal colony by the French and later as a place to support and service nearby gold and nickel mines.

The settlement has changed substantially but still bears the marks of its past. Today Noumea is known as a garden city, where nature and urbanisation blend together. Old colonial homes line the streets of this boutique South Pacific city. Shops and cafes have French flair and beaches are a stones throw away.

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La Fol Hill photo
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