by web-administrator (June, 2015)
(Guest Review by GA) Some information on the Noumea Tontouta airport:
It closes at night (at about 0-1am) and reopens around 7am. The only place to sleep would be some benches just outside the building. There is some also some grass and shade about 100m away.
The airport has a change office of you need, but has a commission.
The airport has wifi, a coffee, restaurant (open around flight times), information center, toilets.
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by web-administrator (January, 2000)
(Contributed by ?) - "I arrived late in the night around eleven, on a flight from Auckland, N.Z., the last flight of the night. There were many other budget travelers on the flight, and we all congregated outside the now closing doors after claiming our packs. As the last of the airport staff left in there cars, the last bus to take us into Noumea (40 mi.) arrived, and as others climbed abord I could not justify paying around 30U.S. for a forty mile trip (on a budget you know). I was not alone, one girl a German also would not agree to the bus fare, and we stood together as the bus roared away. After a brief introduction we decided we should look for a place to sleep in safety, but no structures were present, nothing like a suitable sleeping area was visible from the airport, only saturated grasslands and swamps. So we went out about 50 meters into the grass, where the lights of the airport were not so menisicing, laid out our rain ponchos as ground cover and covered ourselves with my mosquito netting. We talked a bit and made a more formal introduction but were constantly fighting off the mosquitos that caried the feaver and had decended on the netting. This went on for hours until we decided it was not going to allow us any sleep, and after each of our long air flights we needed sleep. Sleep deprevation and being pissed off at the mosquitos voracity in this "Tropical Paridise in the Pacific" had led me to desperation, and the only structure available (or visable) was the airport building. We soon found ourselves emersed in the light we had tried to hide from, a becon to the night insects and the bats feeding upon them, the doors were locked tight. I saw a chance at a ve continued >>
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