Amazing Niuean Nature Tours
Ever wondered what it takes to live on a remote tropical island in the South Pacific? Want to learn more about the fascinating wildlife, their rainforest habitat, how locals cultivate the land, or simply enjoy seeing tropical gardens? If you think “yes” to any of those questions, then it looks like you need a Niue nature tour in your life! Luckily, there are plenty of amazing nature tours in Niue to choose from, whether you want more of a focus on bush survival, learning about uga (coconut crabs), how to grow tropical plants or something else. Check out some of the top nature tours that Niue has to offer in the list below!
Tours can be booked through the Visitor Information Centre in Alofi. Learn more about these tours in detail in The Guided Tours in Niue. Plus, dive a little deeper into the nature of Niue in the 10 Animals and Birds Native to Niue.
1. Misa’s Nature Tour
Learn about the miracles of nature on Misa’s Nature Tour. Your guide who grew up living in the Niuean forest and sleeping in caves teaches you how to survive off the land on his 2-hour tour. The tour just outside of Alofi opposite the Niue High School takes you on a short walk through the forest looking at traditional cooking and hunting tools, trying coconuts through their various life stages, and even learning how to make fire! You’ll likely visit some of the local forest-dwellers too, like uga and flying foxes. The tour ends by wandering a flower garden with plants used for medicinal remedies.
2. Taue Uga Tours
Culture and nature combine on this uga hunting tour with Taue Uga Tours. Starting from Avatele, your guide, Ope, will take you into his ancestral forest on one of two tours available (or both for the full experience). There is a day tour, which is an uga baiting experience where you’ll set up coconut baits to draw out the uga. There’s is also the night tour, in which you’ll get to see the result of the coconut baits. Both offer the opportunity to see uga, but night is when the uga are most active. The relaxed tour gets you learning about and exploring Niue’s stunning rainforest and its inhabitants. You’re also offered the opportunity for an uga to be cooked for you if you choose. Tours last approximately 1h30mins to 3 hours. See more cultural tours like this in the 7 Best Culture Tours in Niue.
3. Ebony Rainforest Tour
Join local ebony carver, Jack, as you venture through the ancient Polynesian rainforest in Hakupu. Learn how Niueans gather traditional food and medicines, delve into limestone caves very few visitors get to explore and see some impressive buttress trees along the way. After a rainforest walk, you’ll get to stop at Jack’s ebony studio and workshop where you can see how the rare ebony timber used to make carvings. Transport is provided to the tour, from either the Commerical Centre in Alofi or from the Scenic Matavai Resort.
4. A5 Rainforest & Plantation Tour
Join Tony for a 4WD tour through the natural rainforest and bush garden. You’ll learn through listening, seeing and tasting on this tour about subsistence living. Learn how locals cultivate the land with staple crops like taro, cassava, kumara, pawpaw, bananas, watermelon and more. You’ll also get hands-on experience husking a coconut and holding an uga. The tour lasts for approximately two hours and is located in Mutalau.
5. Niue Vanilla Tour
Niue is a producer of pure organic vanilla that is well worth digging a little deeper into with a vanilla tour. One of the fantastic vanilla tours available is with Niue Vanilla. This 1-hour tour takes you around an organic vanilla plantation in Alofi North where you’ll learn about the many uses of this amazing plant. Visit between May and August, and you’ll see how flowers have to be hand-pollinated highlighting the care put into vanilla growing. You’ll also learn about how the vanilla beans are processed. Book this tour at the Niue Vanilla Outlet on the main road in Alofi. See more foodie experiences like this in the 10 Things to Do in Niue for Foodies.
6. Vaipouli Maala Garden Tour
Witness the wonders of nature and tropical gardening on this special interest tour at the Vaipouli Maala (garden). Your guides, Doris and John, will show their passion project and the result of year’s of labourious love in their garden plantation full of food crops, trees, herbs and much much more. Find this tour in the forests of Vaipouli about 10km (6.2 miles) from Alofi on the Alofi-Liku Road.
7. Tali’s Cave Tour
Tali’s Cave Tour shows nature’s more rugged side on an adventurous tour exploring Niue’s limestone caves. Join Tali on an exciting cave tour on ancestral lands where you’ll explore several caves with magnificent limestone formations, intriguing passageways with one known as the “Keyhole”, and even check out some ancient fossils. The tour is located just south of Lakepa village. Learn more about Niue’s caves in the 10 Most Stunning Caves in Niue.