Budget Tips for Alofi
With so much to do in Niue, it’s no wonder you are looking for ways to stretch your dollars further. Alofi is typically the best place to base yourself if you’re looking to experience Niue on a budget. It’s home to budget accommodations, free and cheap activities, and you don’t need to worry too much about transport costs when many tours, shops and restaurants are right on your doorstep. Our first budget tip for Niue would be to stay in Alofi. Now, check out the list of tips for visiting Alofi on a budget for more ways to save money.
For more budget advice, check out The Guide to Alofi on a Budget.
1. Scout Out the Free/Cheap Activities
While whale swimming, scuba diving and fishing might be on your Niue bucket list, doing a paid activity every day is a sure-fire way to bust your budget. Alofi is home to a huge range of free or at least very cheap activities that you can fill much of your time with while still getting a rewarding travel experience. For instance, go for a snorkel at the Utuko Reef, just opposite the Information Centre and Police Station. Learn about some of the history of Niue at the Taoga Niue Museum. Play a round of clifftop mini golf at the Vaiolama Cafe. There’s so much to do that we had to make an entire list in the 10 Free & Cheap Things To Do in Alofi!
2. Cook For Yourself…
Admittedly, Alofi’s restaurants are ultra enticing but eating out for every meal often ends your holiday way over budget, especially in Niue. Almost all of the accommodation options in Alofi have self-catering facilities, so all you have to do is pop down to one of the convenience stores, the Niue Market (open Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings) or pick up supplies from the Swanson Supermarket between Alofi and the airport, and cook up your own treats. Although the cost of everyday goods is quite high in Niue due to its remote location, it’s still cheaper than spending NZ$15-$25 per person per day for lunch and NZ$30-$40 per person per night for dinner! Check out the typical food costs in What is the Cost of Food in Niue?
3. … But You Can Always Treat Yourself to Some Cheap Eats
Ok, so eating out is usually part of the holiday experience but if you’re looking for some more affordable eateries, we list a whole bunch in the Top Cheap Eats in Niue here. For instance, Gill’s Restaurant serves up affordable Indian curries for NZ$16-$20, the Wok on the Rock does Asian cuisine usually for around NZ$16-$20, while the Tavana Cafe does some excellent fish and chips for around NZ$20.
4. Stay in a Guesthouse or Motel
The cheapest styles of accommodation in Alofi are guest houses and motels. These accommodations offer private double and family rooms with options for shared bathrooms or ensuites, as well as shared communal facilities, while some accommodations are private self-contained units. Although budget accommodation is basic in Alofi, bear in mind that you’re probably going to spend more of your time exploring Niue than staying in your accommodation. Compare accommodation options in the 9 Best Budget Accommodation in Alofi.
5. Compare Accommodation Inclusions
While accommodations might have similar rates, we find that the true value of accommodation comes with the facilities and inclusions. Does the accommodation cater to all of your needs? For instance, does it have a laundry machine if you’re staying for a while? Can you request an extra bed for the kids or can kids stay for free in the parents’ bedroom? Are airport transfers included if you’re not renting a car? Always check the inclusions, rather than basing your decision on price alone.
6. Consider Renting a Car Only When You Need it
The great thing about staying in Alofi is that there are several vehicle rental depots right in the heart of town. While it can be tempting to rent a car for your entire stay in Niue, those staying in Alofi will actually find that there’s likely to be at least a couple of days where you don’t need to use a car. Many tours offer pick-ups in Alofi, while some attractions are right on your doorstep. To save money on car rental, only plan to hire a car for the two or three days that you may spend exploring the rest of the island. Remember, it only takes around 2h30mins to drive around the whole island. Get car rental money-saving tips in How to Save Money on Car Rental in Niue.
7. Travel in the Low Season
With fewer tourists visiting Niue in the summer season (November to March), some accommodations and activity providers offer specials to entice holidaymakers. Considering there’s so much to do and see in Niue all year round, all you have to do is put up with hotter days and higher humidity to enjoy a cheaper visit to Niue in the low season. Check out some of the low season deals listed on the Niue Tourism website or browse dates in the low season on Booking.com or Expedia to sometimes see discounted accommodation rates. See more reasons to travel Niue in the low season here.
8. Have Cash Available
Compared to other South Pacific islands, Niue is up with the times when it comes to electronic payments. Many businesses accept credit and debit cards, but this does come with some drawbacks for your budget. First, most businesses have a credit card fee of 3-5%. Second, electronic payment systems are not always reliable so are sometimes not available. Third, if you’re paying with an overseas card that is not from New Zealand, then banks often charge unfavourable exchange rates and service fees. As there is no ATM or currency exchange on the island, it’s advised that you bring as much cash as you think you will need for your stay. For more information, see What is The Best Payment Method in Niue?
More About Visiting Alofi on a Budget
- The Guide to Niue on a Budget
- 10 Tips for Visiting Niue on a Budget
- 10 Free & Cheap Things To Do in Niue
That’s it for our tips for visiting Alofi on a budget. Now head to the Niue Travel Budget: How Much Does a Trip to Niue Cost? for its full budget overview or The Travel Guide to Niue on a Budget for more advice.