How Many Villages are in Niue?
How Many Villages are in Niue?

How Many Villages are in Niue?


The Number of Villages in Niue

As one of the smallest countries in the world, Niue only consists of small villages. But how many villages are in Niue? This quick and simple guide to the villages in Niue will give you the answer, as well as more facts about the island’s settlements.

There are 14 Villages in Niue

That’s right, there are just 14 villages on the island of Niue. Find out more about each one in our guide, Understanding the Niue Villages.

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The Villages in Niue

There are 14 villages in Niue. Find a list below of the village names in order of population:

  • Alofi
  • Hakupu
  • Avatele
  • Tamakautoga
  • Mutalau
  • Tuapa
  • Lakepa
  • Makefu
  • Liku
  • Hikutavake
  • Vaiea
  • Toi
  • Namukulu
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The Largest Villages in Niue

Niue doesn’t exactly have “large” villages, but each has its own attractions to discover.


Alofi is the nation’s capital with a population of approximately 640 residents. Located on the west coast of the island, Alofi is sprawled along the coast and also encompasses inland areas such as around Hanan Airport. Learn more about Alofi in the 10 Things to Do in Alofi.


Niue’s second-largest settlement is Hakupu, located on the southeast corner of the island. The village is known as the southern gateway to the Huvalu Forest Conservation Area where highlights such as the Toga Chasm and Vinivini Bike Trail are located. Learn more about Hakupu in the 5 Things to Do in Hakupu.


And on Niue’s southwest corner is the village of Avatele, pronounced “ava-sele”. The village offers a range of tourist accommodations, as well as the popular snorkelling spot of Avatele Beach. Learn more about Avatele in the 10 Things to Do in Avatele.

Check out more of the largest villages on our list, The 5 Biggest Towns & Villages in Niue

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The Smallest Villages in Niue

Even Niue’s smallest village have something to explore, whether its sea tracks to stunning coastal formations or cosy accommodation.


The population of this settlement is just 15 people. More people come to stay in the village’s premium tourist accommodation, Namukulu Cottages. The village is just a short walk from the Hio Cafe, Hio Beach and the Limu Pools.


You’ll hardly realise this is a village, tucked away in the northwestern corner of the island with a population of around 65. Don’t miss the sea tracks to spectacular coastal formations like the Talava Arches and the Matapa Chasm.

Learn more about Niue’s smallest settlements in The Best Small Towns & Villages to Visit in Niue.

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The Best Villages in Niue

Ok, so picking the best village in Niue is like picking a favourite child. However, there are villages in Niue that have their strengths. With that in mind, here are some of the best villages in Niue for specific interests and sights.

The Best Villages in Niue for…

  • Caves: Makefu and Lakepa
  • Snorkelling: Hikutavake, Tuapa, Makefu and Avatele
  • Scuba diving: Alofi and Tamakautoga
  • Fishing: Alofi
  • Beaches: Tamakautoga, Avatele and Tuapa
  • Walks: Hikutavake, Liku and Hakupu
  • Chasms: Hikutavake, Hakupu and Liku
  • Nature Tours: Alofi, Mutalau, Avatele and Hakupu
  • Shopping: Alofi
  • Resorts: Tamakautoga
  • History: Alofi, Makefu, Mutalau and Liku
  • Whale watching: Tamakautoga, Makefu, Hikutavake, Alofi
  • Eating out: Alofi and Tuapa.


Robin C.

This article was reviewed and published by Robin, the co-founder of Niue Pocket Guide. He has lived, worked and travelled across 16 different countries before settling in the South Pacific, so he knows a thing or two about planning the perfect trip in this corner of the world. He is also consulting regularly with Niue Tourism to ensure content accuracy. Robin is also the co-founder of several other South Pacific travel guides and is a regular host of webinars with the South Pacific Tourism Organisation.

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