10 Top Transport Tips for Niue
10 Top Transport Tips for Niue

10 Top Transport Tips for Niue

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Tips for Transport in Niue

Niue is an island you will definitely want to explore. With all sorts of nooks and crannies along its coastline, from dramatic chasms to snorkelling hotspots to quaint villages, there are plenty of reasons to hit the road in Niue. But how do you get around? Not only that, but how do you get to Niue in the first place? We go through some transport advice in this list of transport tips for Niue.

1. Niue Has Limited Direct Flights from Auckland Per Week

Our first transport tip is about getting to Niue. Niue is only accessible via flights, cruise ship or if you have your own yacht. There is a very limited schedule of flights direct from Auckland, New Zealand per week taking approximately 3h30mins. Flights are only available with Air New Zealand, which you can read up about in Which Airlines Fly to Niue?

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2. Niue Has a 24-Hour Time Difference from New Zealand

One thing to note about travelling from New Zealand is that Niue is on the opposite side of the International Date Line making a 24-hour time difference between Niue and New Zealand. So when you depart from Auckland on a Tuesday morning, for instance, you arrive in Niue on a Monday afternoon. Keep this in mind when making travel arrangements.

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3. Hiring a Car is Recommended

Niue has very limited transport options for getting around, as we will discuss in the rest of this article. For this reason, it’s highly recommended to hire a car in Niue to make the most of the island. Attractions are scattered across Niue’s 64km (40-mile) coastal road which requires your own means of getting to. Learn more about hiring a car in Niue in The Guide to Car Hire in Niue.

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4. Other Limited Transport Options are Available

So if you don’t want to hire a car for your entire trip or can’t drive, what are your other options? Many accommodations in Niue offer airport transfers, while others have bicycles included. Other types of “vehicles” are also available to hire, most popularly, e-bikes, as well as motorcycles and vans. See the 6 Eco-Friendly Alternatives to Renting a Car in Niue for some inspiration.

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5. You Need to Get a Niue Driver’s License

So back to the vehicle rental, you will need to get a Niue Driver’s License to legally drive a motor vehicle on Niue’s Roads. These can be obtained from the Police Station and cost NZ$22.50. While you can drive on your overseas license when you first arrive in Niue, you must get a Niue Driver’s License as soon as possible. See How to Get a Niue Driver’s License for more details.

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6. Bicycle Rental is Good to Explore Some of the Island

So what about bicycle rental? Can you bike around Niue? Niue has a landmass of 240km² (100sq mi) so biking around the island is a challenge, to say the least! However, bicycle rental is a good option for exploring at least some of the island, doing the four bike trails or getting between town and your accommodation if staying on the outskirts. Bike hire is available with some car rental companies, as well as with some accommodations, as explained in The Guide to Mountain Biking in Niue.

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7. Stay Somewhere with Plenty to Do if You Won’t Have a Car

So, if you don’t want to hire a car or you only want to hire for a few days during your visit, then make sure you stay somewhere where there is still plenty to do within walking distance. There are quite a few accommodations in Niue that are in smaller and more remote villages, which are not ideal if you don’t have your own transport. We list all of the villages, things to do and accommodation available in Understanding the Niue Villages.

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8. Look Out for Accommodations with Car Rental and/or Bike Rental Included

Some accommodations in Niue come with private transport included, whether it’s your own rental car or mountain bikes. Some accommodations offer car rental as an optional add-on where you pay a daily rate for the vehicle, while quite a few accommodations include car rental with your stay. Accommodations that include bike hire usually offer bikes for free. See some of your options in the 5 Accommodations in Niue with Car Rental and the 5 Accommodations in Niue with Bike Hire.

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9. Car Rentals Can Be Delivered Anywhere on the Island

An extremely handy thing about Niue’s car rentals is that car rental companies offer complimentary delivery/returns anywhere on the island. This allows you, for instance, to spend a couple of days without a car in Niue, then just get one delivered when you’re ready, saving you a few bucks in the process. Get more tips for car rental in the 10 Tips for Renting a Car in Niue.

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10. Look Out for Weekly Rental Deals

Finally, when renting a vehicle or a bike, look out for deals when hiring for seven days or longer. Most rental companies are happy to negotiate long-term rental rates, typically offering deals like “rent for seven days, pay for six”, for instance. See more money-saving tips in the 10 Ways to Save Money on Car Rental in Niue.

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More Transport Tips for Niue

That’s it for our transport tips for Niue, but it’s by no means the end of our expert travel tips! Check out some of the following articles to see what we mean:

Finally, if there’s anything we’ve missed, you’re likely to find it in Niue Transport Guide: 11 Ways to Get Around Niue.


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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