Budgeting Tips for Niue
Blowing all your savings for the year on one week’s holiday is never what you want from a South Pacific getaway. Luckily, Niue is a very affordable destination with free activities, cheap tours and budget accommodation. While we think you’ll be surprised by how little you need to spend in this tropical island paradise, get extra peace of mind for not blowing your budget with our tips for travelling Niue on a budget.
Before we get into our budget tips for Niue, be sure to bookmark the Niue Travel Budget: How Much Does a Trip to Niue Cost? for its full budget overview or The Travel Guide to Niue on a Budget for more advice.
1. Come with Cash
Cash is king in Niue, and while many outlets do accept MasterCard, Visa and New Zealand debit cards, cash is a payment method accepted by all. We recommend coming to Niue with enough New Zealand Dollars in cash to sustain your stay and avoid withdrawal and credit card fees. See What is the Best Way to Pay in Niue? for more advice.
2. Be Aware of Timing
Did you know that one of the cheapest restaurants on the island is only open on a Sunday? Did you know that most of Niue’s best snorkelling spots are best at low tide? Did you know that the Niue Market is only on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning? Timing is everything in Niue, especially when you’re on a budget and want to make the most of Niue’s free and cheapest attractions. For more advice on timing, see Odd Hours & Island Time in Niue.
3. Pick Your Restaurant
Be savvy about where you eat. There is a great range of eateries around the island that are also cheaper than eating at your resort. We compare them in The Guide to the Best Eats & Restaurants in Niue. Plus, find out where you can get the best-value food in the Top Cheap Eats in Niue.
4. Get Snacks from the Supermarket
Let’s be honest, bar snacks are never good value. Instead of buying food from bars and restaurants throughout the day, pick up some snacks from one of the local supermarkets to see you through until dinner. See where you can buy food in The Guide to Food Shopping in Niue. Plus, check out typical food costs in What is the Cost of Food in Niue?
5. If Bringing Food from Home, Put it in Your Checked Baggage
Many travellers like to bring food items to Niue that are otherwise expensive to buy in Niue supermarkets, such as cheese. While it’s Ok to bring these food items into Niue, make sure you have it in your checked baggage, so it doesn’t get confiscated at the airport. On arrival in Niue, be sure to declare all food you bring with you. See What to Declare When Arriving in Niue for more advice on the matter.
6. Plan Your Activities
To stop yourself from spontaneously doing all the activities you come across in Niue, be sure to plan which activities you really want to do. Browse our Things to Do section and see the typical prices in What is the Cost of Activities in Niue?
7. Travel in the Low Season
Some accommodation, activities and even Air New Zealand often do special deals to entice travellers to visit Niue in the low season. Sure, it might mean that you miss swimming with whales and the temperature is hotter, but it’s a sure-fire way to get special deals on your holiday. See more reasons to travel in the low season here.
8. Make the Most of the Free Activities
Niue’s must-dos just happen to be free to visit, so make the most of them. From stunning sea tracks to snorkelling hotspots, there’s plenty of ways to spend your time in Niue without having to dig into your wallet. Get an idea of just some of the free activities available in the 10 Free & Cheap Things To Do in Niue.
9. Rent a Car for Less Time
While it’s convenient to hire a car for your entire stay in Niue, with a bit of savvy planning, you can save a couple of hundred bucks! Plan a couple of days, either at the beginning or end of your stay, where you can just relax by the pool or do some tours where the transport is provided. That way, you won’t be paying the rental day rate for a car you don’t need.
10. Read our Budget Guides
Travelling on a budget is kind of our speciality, so be sure to browse our The Guide to Niue on a Budget and The Guide to Alofi on a Budget for more advice! We also have much more budget tips in the 10 Ways to Save Money When Travelling in Niue. Plus, plan your budget getaway day-by-day with our Niue Budget Itinerary: 7 Days.