Transport in Niue
If you thought the South Pacific was already off-the-beaten-track, think again. To get to the remote island of Niue, you’ll have to catch one of only two flights departing each week or hop on one of the very limited cruises visiting the island or have your own sailing boat! On arrival, this is an island you’ll definitely want to explore with epic landscapes all around the coastline. Car rental is the most popular way to go about transport in Niue, but visitors can also hire bikes, catch the one and only taxi or simply walk. We go over your transport options in this list of ways to get to Niue, as well as ways to get around Niue.
1. Flights to Niue
There’s only one airline flying to Niue with flights just twice a week, so at least comparing flights won’t give you a headache! Air New Zealand operates flights between Auckland Airport, New Zealand and Hanan Airport, Niue, where flights take approximately three hours. Get more details on flights to Niue in How to Get to Niue. Plus, learn about the arrivals process, including biosecurity and customs, in Everything You Need to Know About Arriving in Niue.
2. Cruises to Niue
An exclusive number of cruise liners have Niue on the agenda, offering holidaymakers an alternative way to get to the island. Sail with the likes of Silversea, Holland America Line and Windstar Cruises which allow a full day to tour Niue’s caves, sea tracks, museum and sculpture park. Cruises depart from Papeete in Tahiti, Lautoka in Fiji, Sydney in Australia and Auckland in New Zealand. The cruise season is typically February to April, as well as in September. Learn more about cruising to Niue in Taking a Cruising to Niue.
3. Sailing to Niue
Just about the only final way you can make your way to the remote island of Niue is if you have your own yacht. Considering that Niue has an unforgiving coastline, it is essential that when you reach Alofi Bay, you radio customs on VHF Channel 16, as well as the Niue Yacht Club on Channel 10 for mooring instructions and advice. Get a complete rundown on arriving in Niue by yacht in The Guide to Sailing in Niue.
4. Car Rental in Niue
With only one taxi (more on that below) and no other public transport, renting a car in Niue is highly recommended to make the most out of the island. Much of Niue’s attractions are scattered along a 64km (40-mile) circular road around the island which has a few characterful features like potholes, chickens and dogs. There are several car rental operators on the island, which offer airport drop-off or you can pick up your car from their depots. Some accommodations also offer car rental for guests. Wherever you decide to hire, note that you will need a Niue Driver’s Licence, which can be purchased from the Police Station in Alofi. Get more details on everything you need to know in The Guide to Car Hire in Niue.
5. Bike Rental
While a bicycle would be tough going to get you around the entire island, they are still worth considering if you are staying just outside of Alofi and want a quick way to get into town. Bikes are also worth hiring to explore the secluded bike trails leading into the bush, which you can learn more about in The Best Bike Trails in Niue. There are several accommodations, car rental companies and tourism operators renting out bikes, which you can compare in Where to Rent Bikes in Niue. Cycling in Niue is easy and safe, with most of the island being relatively flat. While it’s not mandatory to wear a helmet, it is advised.
6. Airport/Accommodation Transfers
For getting between Hanan Airport and your chosen accommodation, many of the accommodations make it easy by offering airport transfers. Drivers and representatives from accommodations meet incoming flights, as long as they have been booked. Some accommodations offer complimentary airport shuttles, while others charge a fee.
7. The Taxi
Yes, there is one and only one taxi servicing Niue, so needless to say, he isn’t always available on short notice. Nevertheless, if you prefer to not hire a car, The Taxi is a good alternative. The Taxi can only be booked over the phone, so get your accommodation, the Tourism Information Centre or just about anyone living on the island (everyone knows each other) to book him on your behalf, as cellphone roaming does not work in Niue. He accepts EFTPOS (debit/credit card) and cash.
While Niue’s attractions are spread out far and wide, it’s unlikely that you’ll be completely stranded if you are spending some time getting around on foot. Alofi, the capital of Niue, is a good base if you want to walk on most days with restaurants, shops, services, tours and attractions all available within short walking distance of each other. The villages of Tamakautoga and the nearby Avatele is a smaller tourism hub with a few attractions, tours and the Scenic Matavai Resort with a restaurant to keep you fed and entertained.