Celebrate New Year’s Eve and New Year in Niue
Monuina e Tau Foou! You’ve chosen one of the last places in the world to celebrate the New Year in one of the world’s smallest countries. Nevertheless, Niue knows how to have big celebrations with its own New Year’s tradition called Takai, as well as a few other events and special experiences you can be having to welcome the New Year. So take a look at this list of ways to spend the New Year in Niue for inspiration.
For more New Year talk, take a look at How to Spend the New Year in Niue.
1. Join in the Takai Celebrations
An absolute must for the New Year in Niue is experiencing a traditional event called Takai! Historically, villagers would walk around the island spreading goodwill to other villages along the way. Today, villagers have upgraded to all kinds of vehicles, which they pimp up in the most creative decorations! As they drive/cycle/scooter around the island, they hand out candy and sweets at all of the villages. What’s more, the event usually takes place on the first weekend after the New Year, so you can do it AS WELL AS celebrate the New Year with the other activities we’ve listed below. Check out more popular events in Niue in the 10 Biggest Events in Niue.
2. Watch the Last Sunset of the Old Year (or the Last Sunrise of New Year’s Day)
Ok, this can be a little confusing, but Niue is actually one of the last places in the world to celebrate the New Year due to its location on the east side of the International Date Line. With that in mind, you can watch the last sunset in the world of the Old Year and/or watch the last sunrise in the world to be experienced on New Year’s Day – whichever one feels more special to you. And boy, does Niue have some stunning sunrises and sunsets. See the 10 Most Beautiful Sunrise & Sunset Spots in Niue for inspiration on where to go.
3. Join in the New Year’s Feast at the Resort
Niue’s only resort, the Scenic Matavai Resort, always has something going on for New Year’s Eve and it often involves a whole lot of food! Experience the New Year the Niuean way, with a Niuean barbecue where you’ll get to try some staple dishes, as well as fresh fish. The event usually includes live entertainment from local musicians, while historically, the resort has also had fireworks. Note that bookings are essential.
4. Drink and Be Merry at One of the Bars
Do what you would normally do at home on New Year’s Eve, drink and be merry! Niue has a few bars that aren’t shy of a New Year’s celebration, especially the All Relativf cocktail bar serving up fresh fruit cocktails, mocktails and smoothies throughout the night. Admittedly, a lot of Niue’s bars are only open one or two nights a week, so you would have to check the 9 Best Bars in Niue to see which bars are open on which day of the week. Alternatively, you can always go down to the Kaiika Restaurant in Alofi for some damn good sushi and drinks – bookings are essential.
5. Spend it in Tranquillity
In Niue, there are no obligations. If you would rather spend the New Year escaping civilisation, enjoying it with just your loved ones or travel buddies, then Niue has plenty of quiet spots that you can spend in Niue in peace. How about one of the remote holiday homes overlooking the Pacific Ocean? How about nestled inland in tropical forest? Check out the 10 Best Holiday Homes in Niue with listings of some of the remotest accommodations.