The Guide to Planning a 5-Day Trip to Niue for Foodies
Get the ultimate culinary island vacation experience with this guide on how to plan a 5-day foodie holiday in Niue. The island in the South Pacific not only has an eclectic selection of restaurants, cafes and bars but hands-on food tours and activities.
Start planning your food-orientated five-day trip with this guide, which includes a proposed itinerary (or two), where to stay, how to get around, what to do and where to eat.
Note that due to Niue’s reduced flight schedule, this itinerary may no longer be compatible with current flights – check the flight schedule in Which Airlines Fly to Niue?
5 Days in Niue (A Relaxed Itinerary)
Below is a quick overview of a relaxed foodie itinerary for Niue. During this itinerary, you will be staying in the same accommodation.
- Day 1 – Arrive in Niue, check-in at your accommodation and start indulging in Niue’s restaurants
- Day 2 – Do an orientation tour of the island
- Day 3 – Visit Avatele, its beach and the Washaway Cafe
- Day 4 – Join a uga (coconut crab) baiting and hunting tour
- Day 5 – Shop for some foodie souvenirs and get prepared for departure on an iconic Niue plane day.
5 Days in Niue (An Active Itinerary)
Is there not enough going on for you in the itinerary above? Check out our detailed itinerary for a more active foodie holiday.
See the full itinerary: Niue Foodie Itinerary: 5 Days
Where to Stay
It’s just a short drive to all of Niue’s restaurants and attractions. With that in mind, we recommend staying in the same accommodation for the entire five days for the sake of convenience. Some of the top accommodations in Niue for foodies include:
Scenic Matavai Resort – The only accommodation on the island with an on-site restaurant and pool bar. The resort has spacious guest rooms with all the amenities expected from an international-style resort.
Namukulu Cottages – Five well-appointed self-contained cottages surrounding a central outdoor swimming pool and pizza bar. Cottages have airy open-plan kitchens and a deck with a hooded barbecue.
Stone Villas – A self-catering accommodation within walking distance of Alofi and its eateries/bars. Stays include airport transfers, WiFi, local calls, car hire and more.
Lau’s Getaway – Two-storey villas elevated on a clifftop with a full kitchen, a dining area, a balcony with a freestanding bathtub and more. Stays include a gourmet breakfast hamper and a bottle of wine.
Learn more about these accommodations and others in the 10 Best Accommodation in Niue for Foodies.
How to Get Around
While Niue might be a small island, it still has 123km (76 miles) of paved roads to explore. Therefore, organising transport is essential when planning a foodie holiday. Here are some of your best options for getting around:
Car rental – Renting a car is the most popular way for visitors to get around, taking approximately 1h30mins to drive around the entire island. Find out more in The Guide to Car Hire in Niue.
Bike rental – Cycling is a great way to work off the meals on a foodie getaway. It takes approximately 4 to 5 hours to cycle around the entire island, however, so bike and e-bike rental are best for those just wanting to explore the west coast or make your way into Alofi from the outskirts. See The Guide to Mountain Biking in Niue for more information.
The Taxi – Niue has no public transport system. The closest thing you’ll find to public transport in Niue is the island’s one-and-only taxi, affectionately called “The Taxi”. Learn more in The Guide to Taxis in Niue.
Check out How to Get Around Niue for more information on transport in Niue.
What to Do
Experience a unique island culture through sensory experiences on Niue’s foodie tours and activities. You’ll find foodie things to do to suit a range of styles and budgets, including:
Orientation tour – These half-day tours take place the day after plane arrival days. You’ll not only see the sights and get advice on the best places to eat but be treated to a few local snacks and refreshments along the way. Check out The Best Guided Tours in Niue for more information.
Uga hunting tour – Uga, or coconut crabs, have been a highly prized food source on the island for centuries. Learn about what the locals do to bait coconut crabs and catch them on a uga hunting tour. Find out more in The Best Guided Tours in Niue.
Niue Market – Mingle with the locals at this morning market with local fruit and uga for sale. See more foodie shopping experiences in The Guide to Shopping in Niue.
Start browsing the 10 Things to Do in Niue for Foodies to explore more options.
Where to Eat and Drink
Yes, there is a diverse offering of eateries despite Niue being such a secluded island! While you can browse a whole heap of restaurants in The Guide to the Best Eats & Restaurants in Niue, some of the highlights include:
Kaiika Restaurant – Fresh sushi prepared by a Tokyo chef, New York-style pizzas, Morrocan rotisserie chicken and premium ice creams are all on the diverse menu of this popular restaurant.
Dolphin Restaurant – Dine at the Scenic Matavai Resort‘s restaurant for impeccably presented plates on their a la carte menu or book in for one of their entertainment nights.
Washaway Cafe – Only open on Sundays at Avatele Beach, this casual cafe operates as an honesty bar where patrons write down their own order for the kitchen and serve their own drinks.
Wok on the Rock – Located on the main road in Alofi, Wok on the Rock has an ever-changing menu of Asian cuisine, from the likes of beef noodles to fresh tuna poke to fish curries.
All Relativf – Start or finish your evening with a refreshing cocktail at this trendy cocktail bar in the Swanson shopping complex. The drinks look damn good and taste even better!
More on Planning a 5-Day Foodie Holiday in Niue
- Niue Foodie Itinerary: 5 Days
- The Foodie Guide to Niue
- How to Pick the Right Foodie Accommodation in Niue for You
That’s it for how to plan a 5-day foodie holiday in Niue. For more foodie tips, check out the 8 Unique Foods in Niue You Have to Try.