How to Save Money in Niue
Stressing about money can really put a downer on your getaway. However, with these simple money-saving tips that you can organise before you jet off to Niue, you can enjoy a cheaper and smoother escape to “The Rock”! Check out how to save on accommodation, transport, food and more with this list of ways to save money when travelling in Niue.
Before we get into how to save money when travelling in Niue, bookmark the Niue Travel Budget: How Much Does a Trip to Niue Cost? for its full budget overview, as well as The Travel Guide to Niue on a Budget for more advice.
1. Pay with Cash (and a New Zealand Debit Card if You Have One)
To avoid credit card fees, which are usually 3-5% of the transaction in Niue, as well as be able to actually pay for all shops, services and tours you use, we recommend paying with cash in Niue. The local currency is New Zealand Dollars, which is worth bringing enough of for your whole trip – not only to avoid withdrawal fees but because cash is the most widely accepted payment method. If you are from New Zealand, you will also be able to pay with your New Zealand debit card in some outlets without experiencing any additional fees. A combination of the two can help you save heaps! For more currency-related advice, see the 11 Money Tips for Niue.
2. Make the Most of the Free Activities
The beauty of Niue is that most of the major attractions here are free. From snorkelling hotspots, like the Limu Pools and Matapa Chasm, to walks to stunning land formations, like the Togo Chasm and Talava Arches, there’s plenty to see and do in Niue without spending a dime. Check out the 10 Free & Cheap Things To Do in Niue for inspiration.
3. Stay in a Guesthouse
While staying in the island’s one resort or one of the other premium accommodations is tempting, you will make your biggest savings by choosing to stay in budget accommodation. The most common type of budget accommodation found in Niue is guest houses, either a B&B-style of accommodation with various guest rooms and communal facilities or an entire house to yourself. Browse some of the best and cheapest accommodation options in the 10 Best Budget Accommodation in Niue.
4. Cook for Yourself
Sure, Niue has a small selection of amazing restaurants that we seriously recommend treating yourself to. But you don’t have to eat out every night. In fact, there’s no excuse not to cook for yourself with the vast majority of accommodations in Niue having self-catering facilities – there are only about two accommodations that don’t! Cooking for yourself will save you a significant amount of money on food, that you only need to check out What is the Cost of Food in Niue? to compare the difference between eating in and eating out.
5. Travel in the Low Season
As an incentive to get more people to travel to Niue when it’s less busy, discounts are applied to accommodations, tours and sometimes even flights during the low season! The low season in Niue is from November to March where special deals are evident on platforms such as the Niue Tourism website or on Booking.com. See more reasons just why travelling in the low season is awesome in the 10 Reasons to Travel in the Low Season in Niue.
6. Book Accommodation and Car Rentals Early if Travelling in the High Season
On the flip side, if you absolutely have to travel in the high season, perhaps to swim with whales or escape the New Zealand winter, then make sure you make your bookings as early as possible. For instance, all of Niue’s accommodation is boutique, with each accommodation apart from the Scenic Matavai Resort having only a handful of rooms. This means that the best-value rooms go quickly for the high season. The same applies to car rentals, where the best-value rental cars often sell out during the high season.
7. Stay in Alofi
Most of Niue’s restaurants, tours, shops and services are in Niue’s capital, Alofi. Staying here means that you don’t have to waste money on fuel getting to Alofi (which you’ll inevitably have to do at least a few times during your stay). What’s more, some tours only offer pick-ups from Niue, while car rental depots are also based in Alofi should you want to rent a car mid-way through your stay. In short, the convenience of staying in Alofi will save you a ton. Learn more about the town in The Guide to Alofi on a Budget.
8. Rent a Car Only When You Need it
Speaking of rentals, renting a car is highly recommended to make the most of Niue, as there is very limited transport on the island. Having access to your own vehicle is just about the only way to explore the island, its sea tracks and snorkelling spots. However, you can save money by not renting a car for your entire stay. You can plan two or three days of exploring the island in a car. For the rest of your stay, base yourself in Alofi for convenience, use the transport offered by some tour operators, hire a bike, use the airport transfer offered by your accommodation, and book “The Taxi” should you need to get anywhere else. Compare the cost of transport in What is the Cost of Transport in Niue?
9. Check Your Change!
Ok, so this will only save you a few dollars here and there, but it’s always worth checking your change! When paying with cash in Niue, check the amount of change you are returned. Although the locals are lovely, they are notoriously bad at counting the right amount of change, whether it’s too much or too little.
10. Be Prepared; Read Niue Pocket Guide
Simply having an idea of what to expect when travelling in Niue is a good way to save money. Often, when travellers are uninformed or are caught by surprise, it involves costs to remedy the situation. By browsing Niue Pocket Guide, you won’t be caught off-guard, you’ll know what prices to expect, and you’ll discover more budgeting tips along the way!