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10 Tips for Walking & Hiking in Niue

10 Tips for Walking & Hiking in Niue

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Advice for Walks in Niue

Niue is an active holiday destination where you can only see its stunning coastal sights by hitting the walking tracks. The walking trails around the island are known as “sea tracks”, which take you on scenic journeys to something breathtaking at the end. Because you’re a savvy traveller, you’re going to want to prepare for your sea track mission on the island before you set off into the unknown, so here are some tips for walking and hiking in Niue!

Before we get started, be sure to bookmark The Guide to Walks in Niue + 35 Walks to Try!

1. Wear Appropriate Footwear

Niue is not a place where you can dilly-dally about in the flip-flops (or “jandals” for you Kiwis). The rocky coral atoll has sharp rocks and many of the walking trails have uneven surfaces. Trust us, it is no fun to stub your toe on a piece of protruding rock, so wearing closed footwear is a good rule of thumb for the Niue sea tracks. Preferably, sneakers or walking shoes are the best.

For more advice on appropriate attire for the island, take a look at our guide on What to Wear in Niue: Clothes Packing List.

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2. Take Water and Sunscreen at the Very Least

To add to your essential items to take with you on a walk in Niue, water and sunscreen should be in your day pack. While the sea tracks in Niue are short, it’s unlikely that you’ll just visit one sea track in a day. Most visitors visit a string of sea tracks, which can add up in time and be thirsty work in the tropical sun. Speaking of the tropical sun, be sure to stay on top of your sunscreen application to avoid sunburn or heatstroke. Remember to use reef-safe sunscreen, as explained in What are the Best Sunscreens for Niue?

As for keeping your water bottle refilled, check out Is the Water Safe to Drink in Niue? for advice.

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3. Take Snorkelling Gear, Reef Shoes and a Camera to Make the Most of the Tracks

Now that we’ve got the essentials out of the way, let’s list some things to take on your walk in Niue that will enhance the experience. Niue’s sea tracks always lead to somewhere special, typically somewhere you can swim, snorkel and/or reef walk. With that in mind, make sure you take some snorkelling gear, your swimwear, reef shoes (Niue’s swimming spots have rocky surfaces) and, of course, some sort of camera. Yep, you’re going to need a day pack.

See our recommendations for snorkelling gear and reef shoes in the 15 Essentials You Need to Pack for Niue.

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4. Almost All Sea Tracks are Well Signposted

With the exception of a few obscure sea tracks, all of Niue’s sea tracks are well-signposted from the main ring road around the island. Sea track signs are blue and say “Hala Tahi [Track Name]” in large letters and “Sea Track” in small letters underneath. Some of the more popular sea tracks also have a Niue Tourism information sign at the start of the track telling some of the history of the area you are about to visit.

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5. Check the Tide Times

As we said, Niue’s sea tracks often lead to somewhere amazing to swim, snorkel or reef walk, but doing this safely greatly relies on what the tide is doing. As a general rule, swimming and reef walking in Niue are best at low tide, but there are variations of the best tide to visit for some areas. This information is best explained in our What You Need to Know About the Tide Times in Niue and 10 Places to Go in Niue at Low Tide.

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6. Niue’s Sea Tracks are Short But You Need to Have Good Mobility

Niue’s sea tracks range from 30 seconds to 45 minutes one way, but most are only around 5 minutes one way. While most fitness levels can handle the sea tracks in Niue, it’s the varying terrain and sometimes steep steps and ladders that don’t necessarily make Niue’s sea tracks suitable for all. Generally, you need to have good mobility to tackle Niue’s sea tracks, so keep this in mind when planning what you want to do on the island.

For advice for disabled travellers, check out our guide, Accessibility in Niue: Travellers with Disabilities, Wheelchair Access & More.

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7. If You’re Looking for a Longer Hike, Check Out the Bike Trails

The 5-minute sea tracks might not satisfy a keen hiker, so if you’re looking for a longer walk in Niue, your best option is to tackle the bike trails. There are five bike trails in Niue, where maps can be picked up at the Visitor Information Centre in Alofi. Bike trails go in a loop, incorporating remote inland bush roads and the main ring road. On foot, they can take as little as 2 hours to as much as 4 hours to complete.

Check out some of our descriptions of the bike trails in the 10 Best Hikes in Niue.

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8. For Longer Hikes, Set Out Early

If you’re planning on doing one of the bike trails, as mentioned above, on foot, then we recommend setting out early. Doing these hikes are much more enjoyable in the cooler morning than during the heat of the afternoon.

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9. Know the Best Places to Go if You’re Travelling with Kids

So where are the best places to go if you’re travelling with kids? We have put together a list of the best sea tracks in Niue for kids to walk, as well as safer swimming spots. Check them out in the 8 Best Sea Tracks & Places to Swim in Niue for Kids.

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10. Know How to Get to the Sea Tracks

Finally, how do you get to Niue’s walking trails? The most accessible way to visit Niue’s various sea tracks is to hire a car. However, you can still manage to explore nearby sea tracks by hiring a bike. Finally, Niue’s orientation tours, which take place the day after flights arrive, take you to a small selection of sea tracks as part of the tour. Learn more about Niue’s transport options in How to Get Around Niue.

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More About Walking and Hiking in Niue

That’s it for our tips for walking and hiking in Niue. Now explore some of the walks on this amazing island in the following guides:

Finally, check out the 101 Things to Do in Niue: The Ultimate List so you don’t miss a thing from your bucket list.


Robin C.

This article was reviewed and published by Robin, the co-founder of Niue Pocket Guide. He has lived, worked and travelled across 16 different countries before settling in the South Pacific, so he knows a thing or two about planning the perfect trip in this corner of the world. He is also consulting regularly with Niue Tourism to ensure content accuracy. Robin is also the co-founder of several other South Pacific travel guides and is a regular host of webinars with the South Pacific Tourism Organisation.

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