Transport in Alofi
Alofi might be the capital of the island nation of Niue, but getting around will be the easiest capital exploration you’re ever likely to experience. Alofi is essentially a small and compact town where you can get to just about anywhere in the town on foot. The nearest international airport is a mere five-minute drive away, where accommodation airport transfers and car rentals are available. Whether you’re staying in Alofi or elsewhere in Niue, it’s highly recommended to hire a car or at least a bicycle to make the most out of the island. Check out the transport in Alofi in this list of the ways to get to Alofi and ways to get around Alofi.
1. Flights to Alofi
Flights to Niue depart twice weekly from Auckland Airport, New Zealand, with Air New Zealand. The flight is approximately three hours and arrives at Niue’s international airport, Hanan (IUE). The airport is a five-minute drive from Alofi, where car rentals and accommodation transfers meet incoming flights. Learn more in How to Get to Niue. Plus, learn about the arrivals process in Airport Arrival in Niue – Hanan Airport.
2. Sailing to Alofi
Those with their own yacht will find Niue a rewarding destination. Like most countries, you will need to go through a clearance process on arrival. New yachts to the island must stop in Alofi Bay and call Niue Radio on VHF Channel 16, to arrange customs clearance, then call the Niue Yacht Club on VHF Channel 10 for mooring allocation and advice. There are around 17 moorings available in Niue, but it’s best to organise the most appropriate mooring with the Niue Yacht Club due to Niue’s unforgiving coastline. Learn more about sailing in Niue here.
3. Cruises to Alofi
Niue’s capital is also featured on the agenda of South Pacific cruises, offering another way to get to Niue, albeit for a brief visit. Cruise liners such as Holland America Line, Silversea and Windstar Cruises port at Alofi for the day for passengers to tour its magnificent coastline, take part in cultural tours and more. Cruises typically operate between February and April, as well as occasionally in September, departing from Sydney (Australia), Auckland (New Zealand), Lautoka (Fiji) and Papeete (Tahiti). Find out more about Taking a Cruising to Niue in this guide.
4. Car Rentals
Renting a car is highly recommended to make the most out of Niue, whose attractions are scattered along the 64km (40 miles) of road encircling the island. There are several car rental companies found in Alofi, many of which offer vehicle drop-off at Hanan Airport. Alternatively, car rentals such as Heahea Rentals, Alofi Rentals and Niue Rentals have rental depots in Alofi town, providing an alternative option for travellers staying in Alofi to pick up a rental car for the days they need it. Some accommodations, such as the Stone Villas and Aliutu Guesthouse, have a private car rental available for guests. Compare car rentals in The Best Car Rentals in Niue. Remember, you also need a Niue Drivers License, obtainable from the Police Station – see How to Get a Niue Drivers License for more details.
5. Airport Transfers
Many accommodations in Alofi offer transfers to and from Hanan Airport, including the Stone Villas and Aliutu Guesthouse, just to name a couple. It’s always worth asking about this service if you do not plan to start renting a car from the airport.
6. Bicycle Rental
For getting around Alofi, visiting some of the out-of-town attractions or even taking one of the bush tracks across the island, bicycle rental is available. While bikes can be hired from various accommodations across the island – see Where to Rent Bikes in Niue, a good go-to for mountain bike rental in Alofi is Niue Rentals.
One way to get around Alofi is with the one and only taxi on the island, simply known as The Taxi. Accommodations and the Niue Information Centre can call the taxi on your behalf. Prices are around NZ$2 per kilometre. Learn more about taking the taxi in The Guide to Taxis in Niue.
Finally, if you’re simply needed to get around Alofi town, then walking is the free and easy way to go. Don’t worry, Alofi is a small and compact town where all of the eateries, the commercial centre, many sea tracks, the wharf and more are all within walking distance of each other. Check out the 10 Best Accommodation in Alofi to see which accommodations you can get to in Alofi on foot.