How to Ride a Motorcycle in Niue
Economically sound and fun to ride, hiring a motorcycle in Niue is worth considering for your road trip around “The Rock of the Pacific”. However, there are a few things you should know about riding a motorcycle in Niue, which we go over in the tips below!
Where to Hire a Motorcycle in Niue
Motorcycle rental is available with a limited few vehicle rental companies in Niue. Find out which companies to hire from in our complete scooter guide, Motorcycle Hire in Niue: Where to Rent, Cost & More. Note that you need to be at least 21 years old to rent a motorcycle in Niue.
1. Know Where You Can Hire Motorbike
Niue has had many motorcycle and scooter rentals available over recent years, but currently, you can only hire a motorbike from Niue Rentals. They are based in Alofi North but offer complimentary delivery/returns of vehicles anywhere on the island. Their bikes include Suzuki GN125s and Honda Shadows and include a helmet, unlimited kilometres, roadside assistance and more. See our guide to Motorcycle Hire in Niue and The 7 Best Car Rentals in Niue for more information.
2. You Need a Motorcycle License…
In order to hire a motorcycle in Niue, you need to present a motorcycle license. You cannot hire a motorbike if you’re only licensed to drive a car, for instance.
3. … And a Niue Driver’s License
Ok, so you don’t need to present a Niue Driver’s License when picking up a motorbike rental in Niue but you will need one for being able to legally drive/ride a motor vehicle on Niue’s roads. Niue Driver’s Licenses can be purchased from the Police Station in Alofi. Find out more in our complete guide on How to Get a Niue Driver’s License.
4. Be Aware of Niue’s Road Hazards…
Before you decide if motorbiking around Niue is right for you, be aware that although 123 km (76 mi) of Niue’s roads are paved, most of them are covered in potholes. Needless to say, this makes riding a motorbike a little more challenging than a smooth sealed road. Other hazards to be aware of include animals on the road, like chickens and dogs. On that note, if you seize up at even the thought of being chased by a dog and you think it will impair your ability to ride a motorcycle, then perhaps rent a car instead.
Get more tips listed in the 10 Safety Tips for Driving in Niue.
5. … And its Road Rules
Niue does have a few road rules that you might not be used to, from not parking on the yellow lines in Alofi to the fact that it is prohibited to do a U-turn at any intersection. The speed limits are 40 kph in villages and 60 kph outside of villages, while all traffic moves on the left side of the road. There’s more to unpack, which we recommend you find out in How to Drive in Niue + 10 Road Rules You Need to Know.
6. It is Compulsory to Wear a Helmet When Riding a Motorcycle
One of the road rules motorcyclists particularly need to be aware of is that it’s compulsory to wear a motorcycle helmet in Niue. Helmets are included in motorcycle rentals.
7. You Need to Be at Least 21 Years Old to Hire a Motorbike
It’s important to note that young drivers will not be able to rent a vehicle in Niue, let alone a motorcycle. Rental companies require drivers to be at least 21 years old to rent a vehicle.
8. Look Out for Weekly Deals
Many of Niue’s vehicle rental companies offer discounts on rental rates if you hire for a week or longer. For instance, a popular deal is “rent for seven days, pay for six”. For more money-saving tips that also apply to motorcycle hire, see the 10 Ways to Save Money on Car Rental in Niue.
9. Note There is Only One Gas Station in Niue
When it comes to fuelling up in Niue, you don’t have much choice as there is only one gas station, Central Services. Central Services is located in Alofi South and is a full-service gas station, meaning an attendant will fuel up your vehicle for you. Learn more about it in our guide to The Gas Station in Niue.
10. Return Your Motorbike with a Full Tank of Fuel
Speaking of fuel, it is required that you return rental vehicles with a full tank of fuel in Niue. Otherwise, fuel service charges and payment for the additional fuel will be applied. Learn more about the associated costs of vehicle rental in How Much Does it Cost to Rent a Car in Niue?
More Tips for Riding a Motorcycle in Niue
That’s it for our tips on riding a motorcycle in Niue. For more driving advice on “The Rock”, take a look at the following:
- The Best Roads to Ride a Motorbike in Niue
- The Guide to Renting a Motorcycle in Niue
- How to Drive in Niue
Finally, get tips for all things “Niue” in the Niue Travel Tips: 31 Tips for Travelling in Niue.