GO Conference & Incentive

GO Conference & Incentive
GO Conference & Incentive
GO Conference & Incentive
GO Conference & Incentive
GO Conference & Incentive

Destinations

New Caledonia is an often overlooked destination for conferences and incentive groups but at just over 2.5 hours flight from Auckland it’s really a very easily gettable destination.

Air New Zealand and Air Calin codeshare flights so chances are you’ll possibly even go out with one carrier and come home on the other.

Noumea is the main town in New Caledonia, situated a 45 minute drive south of the airport. Noumea township is strung along the coast in and out of many calm water bays, each protected from Pacific Ocean swells by the world’s largest reef system, completely surrounding the main Island.

The minute you arrive you know you’ve landed in a French territory; the signage is French, the language is French, the cars are French… so for those who like a bit of Continental there is no better place to kick back, relax and get your bit of “bonjour in the sun” – whilst hardly even leaving our own backyard. Le Meridien hotel recently concluded a top to bottom refurbishment and sits proudly again in its new garb just a 10 minute walk along the beach from the Anse Vata end of town. The rooms are large, each with lovely big picture windows, the pool and beach are inviting, and as you’d expect the food meets the best of French standards.

Dining options for groups are well catered for onsite at the hotel and also in town where there is a good selection of restaurants capable of taking large numbers.

Their winter climate is comfortable (like the Gold Coast). September/ October is the best time to visit, when it’s warmed up a bit but has not got into that hot and humid timeframe in peak summer.

Another option to consider is the brand new and very smart hotel recently built at Deva, about 2 hours drive north of the airport. Their rooms are stunning, and the hotel itself is beautiful. This location is best suited to those wanting a high-end get-away-from-it conference experience. I’d suggest a 3 night stay with time for golf, time for reef snorkelling and time for kicking back by the pool…. and yes some business sessions too.

So definitely think about New Caledonia for conference and incentive groups up to around 100 in size. If you’ve been to the Pacific Islands before then New Caledonia provides a different experience, it’s French-ness in particular is a great point of difference for Kiwis wanting to discover new experiences.

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