Family Activities in Alofi
Staying in the capital of Niue and looking for things to do with the little ones? Luckily, you’re in one of the best places in Niue to find an array of family-friendly activities, from nature tours to endless sea tracks. Mini golf, a museum and whale watching are also on the cards for families looking for things to do in Alofi with kids. Check out some of our top recommended family-friendly activities in Alofi in the list below!
1. Get Some Beach Time at the Utuko Reef
As you probably already know, Niue is not a destination for beaches. Nevertheless, if you are craving golden, albeit coral, sands and a bit of reef walking and snorkelling, then head down to the Utuko Reef! Located opposite the Information Centre and the Police Station, the Utuko Reef is a small attractive beach with coral boulders and rocky shorelines on either side. Take your reef shoes and explore the reef (being careful not to step on wildlife and coral), float on the water to watch the fish with your snorkelling gear, and enjoy some beach time at one of Niue’s very few beaches.
Location: Opposite the Nuie Information Centre and the Police Station
2. Play a Round of Mini Golf
Yes, even on this tiny and remote island in the South Pacific you can get a good dose of mini golf! The Vaiolama Cafe in Alofi town has its very own 18-hole mini golf course, and a good one at that with its unique setting among tropical clifftop gardens. After the game, treat the family to lunch or a drink at the cafe with amazing views of the Pacific Ocean. Learn more about golf in Niue here.
Location: Vaiolama Cafe at the south end of Alofi town
3. Snorkel in the Rock Pools and Cave of the Vaila Sea Track
On the outskirts of Alofi, the Vaila Sea Track presents one of the most exciting sea tracks in Alofi for kids. After a short walk and making use of the picnic area here, you will find a set of concrete steps leading into a cave and rock pools below. The cave is within a marine-protected area, so while it’s important to mind your step and not take any shells, the rock pools provide an amazing snorkelling opportunity. Snorkelling is best done at low tide.
Location: Opposite Tusekolo Bush Road, 2km (1.2 miles) north of Alofi town centre
4. Jump on a Whale and Dolphin Boat Tour
Get your wildlife fix by watching acrobatic spinner dolphins year-round or even majestic humpback whales between July and September. Families travelling with younger ones can enjoy the excitement of watching whales emerging by the boat and spinner dolphins dancing alongside the boat, while older kids and parents can get the unique experience swimming with whales and dolphins!
Location: The closest operator to Alofi is Magical Niue Sea Adventures, located approximately 1.5km (one mile) north of the town centre
5. Learn About Living in the Wild on Misa’s Nature Tour
While there are many amazing nature tours across Niue, Misa’s Nature Tour offers the most family-friendly option in Alofi. Growing up in the Niuean bush, Misa is a wealth of knowledge on how to survive off the forests of a remote tropical island. The imaginations of the little ones will run wild as you learn about the forest foods you can eat, how and where to sleep, how to start a fire, as well as see rainforest friends like the coconut crab (uga) and the flying fox.
Location: Find Misa’s Tours opposite Niue High School, 1.5km (one mile) from the town centre
6. Check Out the Vaka and Rocky Cliffs on the Opaahi Sea Track
To see some traditional vaka (canoes) and appreciate some amazing coastal scenery with turquoise waters, find the Opaahi Sea Track. The Opaahi Sea Track is located at the south end of Alofi town opposite the Kaiika Restaurant. A short walk down the sea track brings you to a spectacular lookout and a rocky outcrop that kids can’t resist climbs (needless to say, you’ll need to keep an eye on them).
Location: South end of Alofi town opposite the Kaiika Restaurant
7. Visit the Fale Tau Taoga (Niue National Museum)
A good rainy day go-to is the national museum of Niue, the Fale Tau Taoga. Easy to walk to from town, the Fale Tau Taoga holds intriguing treasures of Niue, including artefacts salvaged from Cyclone Heta, World War One relics, spectacular woven hats made for a hat competition on the island, and so much more! Plus, at around NZ$10 entry, it’s certainly a more affordable thing to do in Alofi.
Location: Halamahaga Road, Alofi
8. Explore the Rock Pools Down the Togolahi Sea Track
A sea track that’s easily missed in Alofi, yet on the doorstep of the commercial centre, Togolahi Sea Track is a short walk to a rocky and sandy bay. Put on your reef shoes and enjoy exploring this small reef conveniently close to the town centre – a good place to entertain the kids if mum or dad need to run some errands in town.
Location: A short walk just north of the Parliament building, opposite the commercial centre
9. Check Out the World’s Smallest Bay on the Togalupo Sea Track
Oh yes, there’s no lack of sea tracks in Alofi, but because they are all quite short, visiting each one doesn’t get old! Another excellent find is the Togolupo Sea Track, opposite Yolos Accommodation in North Alofi. The short sea track takes you down to a tiny rocky inlet ideal for paddling with reef shoes and taking a nice family photo! And that’s not all the sea tracks in Alofi, so be sure to check out the 6 Best Sea Tracks in Alofi for more.
Location: Opposite Yolos Accommodation, approximately 1.5km (one mile) north of Alofi town centre
10. Treat Your Tribe to Some Souvenirs at the Niue Market
Holiday presents for the kids is a holiday tradition in many families, so if you’re looking for a special souvenir for the little ones, be sure to head to the Niue Market. The market next to the Visitor Centre operates on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning. Check out more places to grab souvenirs in Where to Find the Best Souvenirs in Niue.