Learn About Niue with Some Fun Facts!
We all want our kids to get as much out of travelling to a new country as possible. A good way to go this is to teach them a few things about the country you’re visiting. If that country is Niue, then this is the list of facts for you! While you might want to point your kids to Niue on the map and show them where you’re staying, this list just gives a few interesting, serious and not-so-serious facts about Niue for kids.
For more about visiting Niue with children, see The Guide to Niue for Families.
Things to Do in Niue with Kids
Before we dive into the fun facts, here are a few activities in Niue you might want to consider doing as a family.
- Have a swim and a snorkel at the Limu Pools
- Watch the whales and dolphins from the lookouts
- Explore amazing limestone caves at the Talava Arches
- Play some clifftop mini golf
- Meet an uga (coconut crab)
Find out more about these activities and more in the 10 Things To Do in Niue with Kids.
Fun Facts About the Island
Learn something new, interesting and perhaps a little random in this list of fun facts about the island of Niue!
Fun Facts About Niue
- Niue is the world’s largest raised coral atoll created 2-3 million years ago
- Niue is just one island
- It takes around two hours to drive around the entire island
- It has some of the clearest waters in the world because no rivers or streams run off into the ocean
- There is a prison on the island’s golf course
- Niue is one of the last countries in the world to see the sunset
- Niue has no traffic lights
For more information on some of these facts, see the 10 Fun Facts About Niue.
Fun Facts About the Culture
Niue is home to a warm and welcoming group of people called Niueans. They have their own set of local customs, which you’ll learn about not only in our Niue Local Customs Guide but through some amazing tours on the island. But for a few things to learn about the people of Niue, here’s a quick list of fun facts!
Fun Facts About the Niuean Language and Culture
- There are more Niueans living outside of Niue than in Niue
- Niuean is an endangered language with only approximately 7,000 people speaking it
- People in the north of the island speak differently to people who live in the south
- Niue used to have a Pokemon and a Star Wars currency
- Niue has the highest number of politicians per capita
- Niueans are classed as New Zealand citizens.
Learn more about the people and culture in The Guide to the Niuean Culture for Travellers.
Fun Facts About the Niue Wildlife
From crabs that climb trees to random animals that have been quarantined on the island, Niue has some interesting facts when it comes to wildlife. Just take a look…
Fun Facts About the Wildlife in Niue
- Niue is one of the only countries where you can swim with humpback whales
- Niue has a type of crab that can climb trees. It’s bright blue and called an “uga”
- You can catch sailfish, wahoo, mahimahi and yellowfin Tuna just 100m (330ft) from shore, which is usually unheard of
- There used to be an elephant on the island
- There is a mysterious duck on the island that no one knows where it came from. It’s called Trevor and it needs the Niue Fire Service to fill up its puddle of water when it dries out
- Niue is home to the world’s cleanest bees, free from diseases!
Learn more about Niue’s wildlife in A Traveller’s Guide to Wildlife in Niue.