Alternative Ways to Travel Around Niue
It’s something you hear time and time again; “you have to rent a car if you travel to Niue“. But what if you’re just one or two people travelling or you simply don’t drive? Renting a car to yourself only increases your carbon footprint. Are there any eco-friendly alternatives to renting a car in Niue?
The short answer is yes! And we’ll show you your options in this list of sustainable ways to travel around Niue. By the way, you might also want to bookmark the 25 Ways to Travel More Sustainably in Niue.
Yes, there are bicycle rentals in Niue! Using a bike to explore the west coast of Niue, where most natural attractions, swimming spots and accommodations are, is a viable option for active travellers. However, cycling around the entire island is a mission, taking four to five hours for most to cycle the road around the island. Find out more about exploring Niue by bike in The Guide to Cycling & Mountain Biking in Niue.
2. Electric Bikes
Get some extra assistance with cycling in Niue by hiring an electric bike. E-bikes are an easy alternative to renting a car in Niue, requiring electricity rather than fuel to travel. E-bikes use peddle assistance to take the exertion out of cycling, which is ideal if you’re looking for an eco-friendly way to travel around Niue without too much effort. Check out bicycle rental companies that hire out e-bikes in Where to Rent Bikes & E-Bikes in Niue.
3. Carpool Your Rental Car
Sure, renting a car in Niue is the most convenient way of getting around. If you’re renting a car for just one or two people, however, consider carpooling to minimise the fuel usage per head. The downside of this is that there’s no easy way to know who needs a ride in Niue other than chatting with fellow travellers. Nevertheless, you’ll be surprised by how many people turn up in Niue with no transport plan in mind (they’re the ones that don’t read Niue Pocket Guide – winky face). So, get chatting with people and offer a lift to the attractions you’re visiting.
And if you want to be on the other end of carpooling, i.e. hitching a ride, check out A Travellers’ Guide to Hitchhiking in Niue.
4. Join a Guided Tour Which Offers Transport
Some tours, albeit a small number, offer transport and pick-ups as part of the experience. Orientation tours with Explore Niue offer tours to attractions on the island for up to eight people, which usually fill up fast! That way, you can get around the island to see some of the highlights (and get advice on how to visit others) while sharing a vehicle with other travellers. Learn more about these trips in The 6 Best Guided Tours in Niue.
Ok, so we don’t expect you to walk around the entire 261.5 km² (100.9 mi²) island but you can save on travelling by choosing accommodation near the attractions, restaurants and services you wish to use. Stay within walking distance of Alofi to access the town’s shops, restaurants and sea tracks. Stay in Avatele to be near Avatele Beach and the Washaway Cafe (open Sundays). Or stay at Namukulu Cottages or Scenic Matavai Resort to sit by the pool all day…
… Learn more about the best places to stay in Where to Stay in Niue.
More About Eco-Friendly Travel in Niue
That’s it for our list of eco-friendly alternatives to renting a car in Niue. Want some more sustainability tips? Check out these:
- 10 Best Eco-Friendly Sunscreens for Niue
- 26 Ways to Travel More Sustainably in Niue
- NiuePocketGuide.com Helps Eliminate Plastic Straws in Niue
Finally, check out all of your options for travelling around Niue in our guide, Niue Transport Guide: 11 Ways to Get Around Niue.