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Time difference

in New Caledonia

New Caledonia, your closest neighbour in the South Pacific, is just a short hop from Australia (under 2 hours from Brisbane, 3 hours from Sydney, and 3 ½ hours from Melbourne). With no significant time difference to deal with, you can enjoy a jet lag-free adventure and taste a little bit of France right next to you. To help you prepare for your New Caledonia getaway and make the most of your time there, here’s what you need to know!

Frequently asked questions about the time difference in New Caledonia
  • What's the time zone?

    New Caledonia operates on UTC / GMT+11, which means it is 11 hours ahead of the Greenwich Meridian Time (GMT).

  • What time is it in New Caledonia?

    The simplest way to keep track of time is to display a dual clock on your smartphone, allowing you to view the times you need simultaneously.

  • Is there a summer/winter time change?

    Unlike many countries, New Caledonia doesn’t observe daylight saving time adjustments. Consequently, the time difference varies according to the time in Australia:

    • During winter, New Caledonia is just 1 hour ahead of the Australian East Coast.
    • In summer, there’s no time difference with the Australian East Coast.