Advice on Choosing a Holiday Home in Niue
Have your own space, set your own rules and enjoy all of the home-away-from-home amenities by staying in one of the holiday homes in Niue. In fact, a great deal of the accommodation on this small island are holiday homes, so choosing the right one can be tricky. Let us give you some advice in this guide to picking a holiday home in Niue.
For examples of Niue’s holiday homes, take a look at the 10 Best Holiday Homes in Niue.
Quick Tips for Staying in a Niue Holiday Home
- Entry requirements for Niue require you to have your accommodation booked before arrival – see The Best Way to Book Accommodation in Niue for advice
- Book your holiday home as soon in advance as possible to avoid disappointment, especially when visiting in the high season
- Most holiday homes are located out of town or in one of the remote villages, so hiring a car is recommended
- All of Niue’s holiday homes have full self-catering facilities
- Holiday homes have a set rate for the night, so the more people you travel with the more you can split the cost.
How Many Does the Holiday Home Sleep and What is the Cost?
Niue’s holiday homes are similar in that they all are set out like a family home: bedrooms, a bathroom and an open-plan kitchen, lounge and dining area. You won’t find much deviation from that other than perhaps a verandah or a deck. However, one of the major differences is how many people the holiday home sleeps, as well as the price.
How Many People Holiday Homes Sleep in Niue
In Niue, holiday homes range from one to four bedrooms, making them suitable for couples up to a couple of families holidaying together. While choosing a holiday home that sleeps the number of people you’re travelling with, make sure that everyone gets as much space as they desire. For instance, some holiday homes will sleep four people but there may be only one bedroom and two single beds in the lounge. If you want more space, stay in a holiday home with more bedrooms.
What is the Price of the Holiday Home?
The pricing for holiday homes in Niue is generally a standard price for renting out the entire house per night. This means that the more people you have staying there, the more you split the cost (except for, you know, families who have to pay for everyone regardless). Other factors that determine the price tend to be the number of rooms the property has, as well as the overall “standard” of the holiday home. For example, hosts of a holiday home that is stylishly furnished and decorated with love will probably charge more than a holiday home kitted out with the basics. Prices for holiday homes in Niue range from NZ$150 to NZ$500 per night.
Where is it Located and How to Get There?
If you plan on hiring a car for the entire duration of your stay in Niue, then staying in any location in Niue is convenient as nowhere on the island is no more than a 30-minute drive. However, if you plan to only hire a car for part of your holiday or would prefer to not have to drive everywhere, then some locations are certainly more convenient than others…
Where are Niue’s Holiday Homes Located?
Holiday homes in Niue are commonly located where the locals live, from the outskirts of Alofi to the tiny villages scattering the coast. For utmost convenience, perhaps to buy groceries or make use of nearby restaurants, stay near Alofi which is the capital of the country and where almost all of the island’s shops, services and restaurants are located. For a more “tranquil” retreat, perhaps close to snorkelling spots and sea tracks, stay in one of the holiday homes located in the villages of Hikutavake, Namukulu, Makefu, Avatele and Hakupu. Compare villages in Understanding the Niue Villages.
How to Get to Your Holiday Home in Niue
When it comes to public transport, Niue has only one taxi for the whole country to share… Needless to say, you’re going to need to organise transport for your stay before you arrive in Niue. While you can organise car rentals to be picked up from the airport, a select few holiday home hosts offer airport transfers, which is well worth considering if you don’t want to hire a car right away. Some holiday homes have complimentary bike hire included, which can be a convenient and eco-friendly way to get to nearby attractions, while others may either be able to organise car rental or even provide a car free-of-charge!
What’s Included in Your Stay?
Some holiday home experiences in Niue offer more than just a roof over your head. From the type of self-catering facilities available to tours provided by the host, there are many things that make holiday homes quite different from each other in Niue.
Every holiday home in Niue has self-catering facilities. However, not all of them have a full kitchen with a dishwasher and an oven! With that in mind, be sure to check what the kitchen facilities include, especially if you intend to cook your own meals each night. Holiday homes at least have the basic cooking facilities, such as a stovetop, microwave, fridge, cooking utensils and crockery, a toaster and a kettle. However, only some accommodations have ovens, rice cooker, grill, barbecue, pizza oven, etc.
Typically Included Facilities
These are the facilities that are almost always included in your holiday home in Niue:
- Car parking
- Hot water (usually solar-heated)
- Insect screens on the windows
- Basic kitchen
- Beds with linen provided
- Bathroom with a shower, toilet and sink
- Fully furnished lounge and dining area
- Washing machine
Additional Services and Facilities
Some, but not all, of Niue’s holiday homes include additional services. Take a look at the services and facilities below and pick the ones you require to keep in mind when comparing holiday homes.
- Ocean views or a lookout
- Air conditioning
- Outside deck or verandah
- Tea and coffee
- In-room safes
- Fresh seasonal fruit
- In-house tours or cultural activities for guests
- Bike hire
- Car rental
- Airport transfers.