Escape the Crowd: Guide to the Lesser Travelled Island of Niue
Escape the Crowd: Guide to the Lesser Travelled Island of Niue

Escape the Crowd: Guide to the Lesser Travelled Island of Niue

(c) M. Crawford – Niue Tourism

Escape to One of the World’s Least Visited Countries

One of the world’s smallest countries, Niue also pops up on the ranking for one of the least visited countries year-after-year and it plans to keep it that way. Although tourism is on the rise to visit this unique island in the South Pacific, the world’s largest uplifted coral atoll, there’s talk of the number of tourists visiting the country being capped at 15,000, keeping the island pristine and uncrowded for the future. So if you were looking to escape the crowd, perhaps you want to escape to Niue… Find out if it’s the right fit with this guide to the lesser-visited island of Niue.

Stats About Niue

Here are a few statistics about Niue that the traveller looking for a less-visited country might enjoy…

Niue has a landmass of 261.5km2 (101sq mi).

Niue has an official population of 1,600 people (but many agree it’s more like 1,300).

Niue has 13 villages and one small town.

Less than 15,000 people visit Niue a year.

Escape the Crowd: Guide to the Lesser Travelled Island of Niue(c)

Why Visit Niue?

There’s nowhere like Niue. Some of the top reasons to visit Niue include getting to explore a unique island being the world’s largest raised coral atoll! That means the island is awash with spectacular limestone formations carved by nature. The limestone landscape brings us to another reason to visit, which is the crystal clear water made possible by the lack of surface run-off on the island. The water makes for Niue’s unique experiences, like swimming with humpback whales and spinner dolphins, all the better. What’s more, these water activities are only a few hundred metres off the coast so it’s possible to jump straight into the action…

… And the reasons continue well into our 10 Amazing Reasons to Visit Niue!

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How to Get to Niue

Being a less-travelled island, your options for getting to Niue are limited. There are only two flights a week to Niue, only from New Zealand, and only a handful of cruise ships visit the island.

Despite the limited ways to get to Niue, entry to the island is easy with most visitors not requiring a visa before entry. A 30-day visitor permit is granted upon arrival.

Check out the complete guide to getting to Niue in How to Get to Niue, as well as entry requirements in Do You Need a Visa to Visit Niue?

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Where to Stay in Niue

Niue has around 40 accommodations to choose from. There’s one single resort of only up to 55 rooms, while the rest of the island’s accommodations are boutique guest houses, cottage complexes and holiday homes. Wherever you stay, it’s going to feel like your own.

However, Niue is proud to admit what it doesn’t have, which is five-star accommodations aiming for a more down-to-earth island experience. Accommodations range from backpacker budget to four-star villas.

Dive deeper into the stays available in Niue in Where to Stay in Niue.

Escape the Crowd: Guide to the Lesser Travelled Island of Niue(c) Mike Bhana - Niue Tourism

Things to Do in Niue

Being such a small country, is there anything to do in Niue? Well, that’s one of the beauties of the island…

Niue is home to more than 30 sea tracks, each with a surprise at the end, whether it’s a snorkelling spot or a coastal formation like a cave or chasm. There are five official bike trails, around 10 fishing charters, around 10 guided nature and culture tours, five whale swimming operators, two dive operators and two golf courses. In short, there’s plenty to do in Niue, which you can start to delve into in the 10 Things to Do in Niue.

Niue’s Less-Visited Places

And if you’re looking to get more off the beaten track in Niue, then there are plenty of secluded beaches, bike trails, sea tracks and villages to explore that even Niue’s already very few tourists don’t tend to go. Check out the 10 Places Off the Beaten Track in Niue for our recommendations.


Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of Niue Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in the South Pacific over 10 years ago with nothing but a backpack and a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to explore a paradise such as Niue. She knows the island inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience Niue’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides.

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