Activities, Attractions and Sea Tracks in Hakupu
Niue’s second-largest village and the largest village on the east coast of the island is well worth a jaunt to. Not only will you discover a couple of coastal attractions behind the village, but it also sits on one end of the wild and wonderful Huvalu Forest Conservation Area. For nature lovers and those who want to immerse themselves in the local culture, the things to do in Hakupu are sure to appeal!
1. Delve Down the Steps to Anapala Chasm
A must-do in Hakupu, Anapala Chasm is a deep and narrow chasm with a freshwater pool at the bottom for a refreshing dip. The natural attraction can be accessed on a well-maintained 15-minute one-way walking trail. The trail begins in lush tropical forest before descending down 146 steps (yes, really)!
Location: Signposted between the northern end of the community centre and the church. The gravel road is short but narrow and winding, so take care.
2. Enjoy the Coast on the Hakupu Sea Track
To complement your visit to Anapala Chasm, check out the coast from the Hakupu Sea Track. The sea track is just a little further down the road from Anapala Chasm, offering a picturesque photo spot and access to the reef. Like most reef exploration in Niue, it’s best to reef walk here at low tide.
Location: A little further down the road from the Anapala Chasm track, which is signposted between the northern end of the community centre and the church.
3. Take a Trip to the Huvalu Forest Conservation Area
Hakupu is the southern gateway to Niue’s protected forest, the Huvalu Forest Conservation Area. Just 4km (2.5 miles) north of Hakupu is the iconic Togo Chasm Sea Track, while other attractions like the historical Laufoli Umu Pit and the Vinivini Bike Trail through the forest are just a short drive further. Learn more about what makes the Huvalu Forest special in How to Experience the Huvalu Forest Conservation Area.
4. Check Out the Ebony Carving Studio and Rainforest Tours
Hakupu is the base of an Ebony Carving Studio, where not only can you browse handcrafted jewellery and gifts made from rare wood but you can partake in a rainforest tour. The Ebony Rainforest Tour takes you deep into the Huvalu Forest to learn about traditional survival techniques for living in the Niuean bush, as well as visit caves and learn about the island’s rare ebony trees. Find out more in The Best Guided Tours in Niue.
5. Attend a Sunday Church Service
Finally, if you’re looking for a Sunday church service to experience part of Niue’s culture then Hakupu Church is a worthy option. The church welcomes visitors to their 10am and 4pm services where locals sing with enthusiasm and beautiful harmonies. Learn more about Niue’s Sunday customs in The Guide to Sundays in Niue.