Noumea Tours
Guided City Orientation Tour of Noumea
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Guided City Orientation Tour of Noumea

By Arc en Ciel Service
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Ages 0-99, max of 100 per group
Duration: 1h 30m
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Live guide: English, French
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  • Professional driver/guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
What's not included
  • Food and drinks


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    Pickup details
    • Departure Point: Your Noumea accommodation, All hotel in Noumea, the ship terminal Dates: Daily Return point: Your Noumea accommodation, All hotel in Noumea, the ship terminal
    End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

      • Not wheelchair accessible
      • Near public transportation
      • Infant seats available
      If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 35801P1

      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Children must be accompanied by an adult
      • Most travelers can participate
      • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers

      • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

      If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 35801P1

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      • 1
        Ouen-Toro hill rises up opposite this rocky point. A road runs the length of the municipal park and leads to the 128 metre-high summit overlooking the lagoon. It is topped with two superb cannons, installed by the Australian army in 1940. From up there you can take in an unparalleled view of Noumea and its surrounding region. Coming back down, the road around the hill frequently offers many very interesting views over the various sides of the city. To the South, you will see just below you the Méridien and Château Royal hotels, bordered by Château Royal beach, as well as Anse Vata beach and, further in the distance, the islands, Île aux Canards and Îlot Maître. Continuing westwards, the two bays, Baie des Citrons and Baie de l’Orphelinat stretch out. To the North can be seen the residential districts, such as Val Plaisance, Motor Pool, Receiving and N’Géa. Lastly, to the East lie Sainte-Marie bay and its little islands. The mountains of Mont-Dore and the hills of New Caledonia's Great South, the Grand Sud, can be seen rising in the distance.
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        Anse Vata Beach
        Orphelinat Bay
        Place des Cocotiers
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      • Arc en Ciel Service
        329
        Noumea, New Caledonia
        Joined in November 2014
      • NikiMcGovern
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Beyond excellent service managing flight delays and political pressure
        Our incoming flight was delayed a number of times and they communicated to say they were aware of the delay to reassure us they would be there to collect us at the new time. We left Noumea during difficult and dangerous political turmoil. Our driver safely navigated us through to the airport.
        Written May 17, 2024
      • jhgfhsdg
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Good trip
        Very easy transfer to hotel. Going back took twice as long so check in online. But trip in was excellent and could wait in longe while collecting passengers
        Written April 27, 2024
      • jhgfhsdg
        0 contributions
        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        3.5 stars due to long ride
        Took 1. 5 hours to go from Anse Vata to airport - because they picked up a passenger from a very random location - was worried check in would close. But pick up as exactly on time.
        Written April 27, 2024
      • marilynm2014
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Amazing service!
        Salatoa (our driver) was amazing! He was friendly, professional, courteous and very informative. As we drove from the airport to our hotel , he pointed out places of interest and answered all of our questions. We have booked this company again for all of our airport transfers. I highly recommend them!
        Written April 21, 2024
      • Pat-Ian-1
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Excellent service
        Excellent service. We used Arc en Ciel shared bus transfer from La Tontouta airport to our Noumea apartment in March 2024. A very good and professional service. Very helpful English speaking staff. We also used an Arc en Ciel private transfer back to La Tontouta airport on our return in early April. On-time pick-up from our apartment with a very efficient and professional driver. We would certainly use these services again for any future visits to Noumea.
        Written April 9, 2024
      • GiuAroud
        0 contributions
        2.0 of 5 bubbles
        Disgraceful service
        First of all, Our driver was 30 mins late - pick up time was scheduled for 740am, the bus didn’t arrive till after 8. No apology or reason given. As we are boarding the bus, the driver tells us in French he doesn’t have a car seat for our baby. I’ve replied saying I don’t speak French too well and if he could please speak English. His reply was “well that’s your problem”. He then carries on talking about the missing car seat, making it sound like i did something wrong (although I had mentioned upon booking that we had a baby with us). He finally lets us board, and drives to the airport. We arrived past 9am, with literally minutes to spare till bag drop closed and we almost missed our flight. Considering how expensive is this service, the attitude of the drivers and the delay were absolutely disgusting. Do yourselves a favour and spend a bit more money on a private transfer. We used private custom when around the island and their service is fantastic.
        Written April 5, 2024
      • BACE10
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Excellent service
        We used this company for our transfer to the hotel in noumea they were wonderful easy to book online wonderful ground staff efficient service we would use them again!!!
        Written April 1, 2024
      • Jenz2302
        0 contributions
        1.0 of 5 bubbles
        April fools
        Purchase on Viator as I had difficulty on wifi at my hotel to directly book on their website. It kept glitching for two hours. So, looking thru TripAdvisor, it took me to viator for some reason, and I purchased a ticket. The ticket had no indication of pick-up time from the bus. I message the tour operator a day before my flight. But, I never got an email or reply from Viator. Then this morning I went to reception around 5:50am and he told me that the bus left at 5:20am. At 7:06am, I got an email reply from Arc en cien. They claim that they sent me an email. I was so irate because I had to book a private taxi for AUD$139. So, to sum it all. There was no email sent as I checked my primary inbox, spam/junk. Arc and Viator up your game because not all customers have a local sim and we rely on hotel. Please have a whatsapp for us to contact Arc en ciel Rep. This will save headaches for customers. This was my April fools day being sent an email a bit too late by Arc to say that they sent me confirmation by email. Well, it's too late for that mate. I never received any email on my inbox.
        Written March 31, 2024
      • garytZ8408BX
        0 contributions
        1.0 of 5 bubbles
        Appalling
        Disgraceful and appalling . TripAdvisor take the money 3 months out and the transfer does not show and am informed it shut months ago. Now stranded at airport as there are NO TAXIS, no cars to hire AND NO OTHER TRANSFERS . Absolute rubbish service.
        Written March 28, 2024
      • 879cathyo
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Efficient service
        We used this service twice - from the airport to Noumea and back again. Excellent service. They have a lounge at the airport with WiFi and aircon. They were easy to find on arrival. Would book again. Thank you
        Written February 2, 2024
      • U1484IZjuliep
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great service
        This is a fantastic service. We used Arc en Ciel to get us to our hotel and for a transfer from our hotel back to the airport. The drivers are very professional and the seats in the mini bus are comfortable. They have English and French speakers at the company, fantastic for me as my spoken French is not perfect.
        Written January 27, 2024
      • vanessamM384FO
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Timely & Efficient Service
        Great service, on time collection & prompt. Had booked the service pick up and return to airport (from Hotel) excellent. Pricing was good also. vanessa
        Written January 12, 2024
      • Samantha M
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Easy airport transfer
        Driver picked us up at the arranged time. The mini van was clean and the driver was very professional. Arrived at the airport with plenty of time to spare before departure.
        Written December 1, 2023
      • Andrealia
        0 contributions
        1.0 of 5 bubbles
        This tour company
        Our cruise was diverted from NC to Cairns because of a cyclone. I cancelled our tour in time, but they still took the money out of my account, after telling me they had paid it back. So far no refund!
        Written November 21, 2023
      • jimw3172
        0 contributions
        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great service
        The driver was early and parked round the corner sowe did not see the bus arriving, we were at the pick up point 5 mins before the pi kup time. it then left without us. However we contacted the company and they pulled out all the stops and picked us up in a car and got us to the airport on time thanks.
        Written November 5, 2023
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      Judith A
      Brisbane, Australia2 contributions
      2.0 of 5 bubbles
      Dec 2022
      I was very dissappointed in the sights visited on the City Orientation tour. I was expecting to see or visit interesting locations with some significance to Noumea but the tour mainly consisted of driving from one look out to the next. There was inadequate information provided about the history of the city or Noumea of today. The was no time spent in the city itself. More information is provided on the Hop on Hop off bus and that is my usual source of infomation that I have used all over the world. This tour was more costly and much less informative.
      Written January 1, 2023
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      Bonjour, We are sincerely sorry that you were disappointed with our tour. After checking, all information about stop is mentionned on the detail of the tour. I take note that you found the information about Noumea not complete enough during the tour and that you were looking for more information about the culture. I hope you enjoyed your stay in New Caledonia
      Written January 3, 2023
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Rosemary K
      Las Cruces, NM45 contributions
      2.0 of 5 bubbles
      Our guide basically functioned as a driver. He did not interact well with us, and did not provide information on the city or the stops we were making. Without us asking questions we would not have learned anything. It would’ve been beneficial if he had a microphone so that he could talk while driving, I would not recommend this tour. I think the little train that ran a similar route would’ve been more informative.
      Written January 7, 2024
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      Bonjour, Thank you for sharing your feedback. We apologize for the less-than-ideal experience. We'd like to gather more details about your tour, so please email us at commercial@arcenciel.nc with the date of your tour. We will address the communication issues with the guide and appreciate the recommendation for a microphone, which we will consider to enhance the overall experience for our passengers. Your input is valuable, and we're committed to making improvements.
      Written January 15, 2024
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Wayneb25
      Melbourne, Australia9 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Feb 2023
      Tour guide friendly but could have been more informative, but still enjoyable with information he did have.
      We were on a 15 seater mini bus and those were at the back found it very difficult to hear his dialogue. Bus certainly needs an audio system so all can hear.
      Overall with the time allotted we did see quite a lot of Noumea.
      Written February 24, 2023
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      Bonjour, Thank you for your message. We have taken note of your feedback and forwarded your recommendations to the management so that we can improve the tour and the audio system of our vehicles. Thank you again for your input, which allows us to improve our service. We hope you had an enjoyable stay in New Caledonia.
      Written February 26, 2023
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Catherine1234567891
      5 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Feb 2023
      Great overview of the key highlights of Noumea, including stops at lookouts and the Saint-Jospeh Cathedral. I was the only one who had booked on this particular day and was picked up from my hotel in an air-conditioned car. My guide Chris gave an interesting overview of New Caledonia's history including some fun anecdotes and provided ideas for other places to visit and day trips to do during my stay.
      Written February 10, 2023
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      Bonjour, Thank you for your comment. We are delighted that you were satisfied with your tour with Chris. We wish you a pleasant stay in new caledonia
      Written February 12, 2023
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      lindajC1360JS
      3 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Daniel our guide was great. Funny and very happy to share his family stories which gave us an inside understanding of Kanak life in NC.
      My teenage boys thought the tour would be boring however Daniel got us to a Boulangerie which satisfied them immensely.
      Would definitely recommend this tour to any visitor to Noumea. It's Noumea in a nutshell.
      Written January 2, 2024
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      Bonjour, Thank you for your feedback! We're thrilled to hear that Daniel made the tour enjoyable and provided insights into Kanak life. We're glad your boys enjoyed the visit to the Boulangerie. We appreciate your recommendation and hope to welcome you again in the future!
      Written January 15, 2024
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Allan B
      1 contribution
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Oct 2022
      It was a thorough tour of Noumea which included the highest point (Ouen Toro), the town centre, Catholic Cathedral and a view of the nickel factory on the north side. Commentary was good, although the English was sometimes hard to understand.

      Would have benefited from a little more history.
      Written October 28, 2022
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      Bonjour, Thank you for your comment about our Guided city tour. This tour is an overview of the activities you can do in Noumea. Sorry if there hadn't little more history on this tour. We hope you had a wonderful visit in New Caledonia.
      Written November 2, 2022
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Jasmina C
      1 contribution
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Nov 2022 • Couples
      We had a fabulous time on this gorgeous little tour. The tour guide Chris was super lovely and friendly. He took us to some beautiful look outs and we got to stop off and view the church and city. A fabulous way to start your holiday in noumea.
      Written November 17, 2022
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      Bonjour, I am delighted that you were satisfied with our service and your recommend our service. Thank you for your comment about our guide Chris. I will send him your message which will please him. All our guide are passionate, and they really enjoy to share their knowledge and make the tour fun. We hope you had a wonderful visit in New Caledonia.
      Written November 21, 2022
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      India Harper B
      Melbourne, Australia18 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      I highly recommend this guided tour. Pickup at location was right on time, and my tour guide was incredible. I learned so much history about the island and a beautiful cultural and symbolic meaning of the coconut tree and the fir tree. I won't spoil the enjoyment for you but don't forget to ask. A visit to a French Patisserie where the pastries are a sight to behold and mouth watering delicious. Manu, the owner, makes everything himself no extra staff, so don't forget to take your francs.
      Stunning views from lookout points and air-conditioning left on was most welcome.
      Daniel, my guide is a true gentleman, and I learned so much about the island.

      Merci Daniel
      Written November 17, 2023
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      Bonjour, Thank you for your wonderful feedback! We appreciate your recommendation for the guided tour. Rest assured, we'll make sure to convey your message to Daniel. We're delighted to hear you had a great experience exploring the island with him. Thanks again!
      Written December 19, 2023
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Treasade
      Auckland, New Zealand14 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great tour to get a good overview of the city and basic understanding of the history of NC. Our guide Chris was informed and the tour was just the right length. Efficient service from booking right through to the end of the tour. Merci Chris!
      Written January 23, 2023
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      Colin K
      Newport, Australia77 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Oct 2017 • Couples
      This is without a doubt an excellent introduction to Noumea and to culture in New Caledonia.

      There was myself and my wife and another couple on this tour so the numbers are small we had the opportunity to talk about everyday life in Noumea and to discuss issues of particular interest to us. the tor took us to a number of vantage points around the town and this helped to identify the various areas in and around Noumea.

      The tour took us around all the major landmarks, we were picked up from the mariner having earlier alighted from the cruise ship. Both the guide and the driver were friendly and knowledgeable, taking the time to describe the views and the important sights to visit.

      This tour is very good value and we would recommend it anyone else visiting Noumea.
      Written November 2, 2017
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