The Guide to Planning a Weekend Trip to Niue for Budget Travellers
A long weekend island escape doesn’t have to be expensive, especially if you choose Niue. Forget the hassle of navigating an archipelago like other South Pacific nations; Niue is just one island, making it cheap and easy to get around. Plus, the whole point of going to Niue is to explore its dramatic coastal formations and snorkel in crystal clear waters, i.e. things that are 100% free to do. All you have to do is organise a budget weekend in Niue.
In this guide to planning a long weekend trip to Niue on a budget, you’ll find 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 not compatible with current flights – check the flight schedule in Which Airlines Fly to Niue?
A Weekend in Niue (A Relaxed Itinerary)
Below is an overview of a laidback budget itinerary for Niue as an alternative to our more intense Niue Budget Itinerary: 3 Days. Note that due to Niue’s reduced flight schedule, this itinerary may not compatible with current flights – check the flight schedule in Which Airlines Fly to Niue?
- Day 1 – Arrive in Niue, check-in at your accommodation and enjoy an evening of stargazing in a Dark Sky Sanctuary D206
- Day 2 – Swim at the Limu Pools and trek to the Matapa Chasm and Talava Arches
- Day 3 – Explore the east coast sights, like Togo Chasm and Anapala Chasm
- Departure day – Get prepared for departure on an exciting and unusual Niue plane day
A Weekend in Niue (An Active Itinerary)
Reckon you could squeeze more into your long weekend in Niue? Check out our detailed itinerary below for a more active trip.
See the full itinerary: Niue Budget Itinerary: 3 Days
Where to Stay
Staying in a guesthouse or lodge helps keep the costs down in Niue. These are boutique accommodations with private rooms, some with ensuites and other shared facilities. Our top picks include:
Turtle Lodge – Close to top attractions like the Avaiki and Palaha Cave, Turtle Lodge is a contemporary guesthouse featuring private rooms, a shared lounge, a garden and a modern kitchen.
Heleni Jessop’s Fatahega – Super central in Alofi, this budget accommodation has double and triple rooms with the choice of ensuite or a shared bathroom. There is also a communal kitchen, a lounge and a dining area.
Kumar Enterprise / Guest House – One of the closest accommodations to the airport and shopping complex, this guesthouse has a small selection of private single and double rooms. Features include free WiFi, a communal kitchen and lounge and a spacious garden.
Kololi’s Motel – Located in Alofi, the motel offers three self-contained units with full kitchen facilities, as well as guesthouse rooms in the main building with communal facilities.
Learn more about each accommodation, as well as other recommendations, in the 10 Best Budget Accommodation in Niue.
How to Get Around
With not much in the way of cheap public transport, visitors have to rely on more independent travel methods to get around. Your best options include:
Car rental – With 123km (76 miles) of paved roads, renting a car is the most popular way of getting around. There are other costs to consider, however, such as fuel and buying a Niue driver’s license. Find out more in The Guide to Car Hire in Niue.
Bike rental – Bicycle and e-bike rentals are available in Niue, providing a cheaper and more eco-friendly way of travelling the quiet roads. The downside is that it typically takes 4 to 5 hours to cycle around the entire island, so cycling tends to be best for exploring just one coast (unless you’re super fit). Learn more in The Guide to Mountain Biking in Niue.
The Taxi – The closest thing you’ll find to public transport in Niue is its one-and-only taxi, affectionately called “The Taxi”, charging approximately NZ$2 per kilometre. Learn more in The Guide to Taxis in Niue.
For more information on Niue’s transport options, check out How to Get Around Niue.
What to Do
The beauty of Niue, apart from the fact that it’s, well, beautiful, is that its most iconic sights and snorkelling spots are 100% free to visit! All you need is your own snorkelling gear and reef shoes. There are also many cultural activities free for visitors to enjoy. Free and cheap things to do in Niue include:
Walking the sea tracks – Niue’s coastline hides many small coves, magnificent caves, dramatic chasms, picturesque beaches, limestone pinnacles, huge arches and more. All of these are accessed down short sea tracks. Check them out in the 10 Best Sea Tracks in Niue.
Snorkelling – Admittedly, this point comes hand-in-hand with the one above, as many of the sea tracks lead to sensational snorkelling spots too. Niue benefits from crystal clear waters due to limited run-off from the island, making coral and tropical fish viewing all the more vivid. See the free snorkelling spots in the 10 Best Places to Snorkel in Niue.
Cultural activities – There are weekly events in Niue that visitors are welcome to join, providing an insight into the Niuean culture. Watch the weavers at the Niue Council of Women, visit the Niue Market, attend the visitor assembly at Niue Primary School, go to a local church service, and more! Check out 10 Best Ways to Experience the Niue Culture for more ideas.
Stargazing – Did you know that Niue is an International Dark Sky Sanctuary? In fact, it’s the only place in the world where an entire country has been given this status. Simply kicking back and gazing up at the stars is a free and mesmerising activity.
Need more ideas? Take a look at the 10 Free & Cheap Things to Do in Niue.
Where to Eat
Most of Niue’s accommodation has self-catering facilities, so it’s easy to stick to a food budget by cooking your own meals. See The Guide to Food Shopping in Niue for tips. Nevertheless, if you fancy treating yourself, here are some of the cheapest restaurants and cafes on the island:
Cafe Tavana – In the Alofi Commercial Cente, this is your one-stop-shop for fish and chips! A plate of fish and chips and/or salad will only set you back around NZ$20, while burgers are around NZ$10-$16.
Wok on the Rock – The Asian-inspired restaurant has an ever-changing menu throughout the night, including the likes of beef noodles, tuna poke, fish curries and more. Meals are typically NZ$16-$20.
Washaway Cafe – Exclusively open on Sundays, this casual beachfront cafe offers some of the most affordable burgers and pizzas on the island, costing around NZ$14-$15. It also has an honesty bar to serve your own drinks and write down your own food order for the kitchen.
Crazy Uga Cafe – The rustic cafe overlooking a quiet bay serves up salads, pasta and paninis for around NZ$13, while fish and chips are around NZ$20.
Check out more recommendations on where to eat in our guide to the Top Cheap Eats in Niue.