The Guide to Planning a Long Weekend Trip to Niue for Foodies
Experience a getaway incorporating the sights, tastes and culture of Niue with this guide on how to plan a foodie weekend in Niue. The small secluded island in the South Pacific not only has a surprising array of world-class restaurants, cafes and bars but hands-on food tours and activities.
Start planning your foodie weekend retreat 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?
A Weekend 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. Plus, there is a fourth day added due to the irregular flight schedule.
- Day 1 – Arrive in Niue, check-in at your accommodation and start indulging in Niue’s restaurants
- Day 2 – Join a culture, nature or plantation tour
- Day 3 – Visit Avatele, its beach and the Washaway Cafe
- Departure day – Shop for some foodie souvenirs and get prepared for departure on an iconic Niue plane day.
A Weekend in Niue (An Active Itinerary)
Check out the itinerary below for a more active and detailed foodie holiday.
See the full itinerary: Niue Foodie Itinerary: 3 Days
Where to Stay
With everywhere being just a short drive from all of Niue’s accommodation, we recommend picking a stay that speaks to you. Note that there is only one accommodation on the island with a restaurant, while the rest have self-catering facilities. Some of the top accommodations in Niue for foodies include:
Scenic Matavai Resort – The only accommodation with an on-site restaurant and pool bar open daily, the Scenic Matavai 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
With just a weekend to explore Niue, it’s unlikely that you’ll be visiting every nook and cranny. Therefore, any one of the transport options listed below is a plausible way to get around Niue during a long weekend getaway.
Car rental – Renting a car is the most popular way for visitors to get around. What’s more, most car rental companies will deliver vehicles to where it’s convenient for you. 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. 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.
What to Do
Experience a unique island culture through sensory experiences on Niue’s foodie tours and activities. A couple of foodie activities that you can squeeze in during a weekend include:
Nature/plantation tour – Niue offers several unique tours where passionate locals share their traditions and knowledge about cultivating tropical forest and plantations. Plus, there are lots of tastings included! Find out more in the 7 Best Culture Tours in Niue.
Foodie souvenirs – Niue is home to some of the world’s cleanest honey, as well as has its own vanilla and noni plantations. Pick up authentic food souvenirs in Alofi, the Niue Market and more, as listed in The Guide to Shopping in Niue.
Browse the 10 Things to Do in Niue for Foodies to explore lots more options.
Where to Eat and Drink
With just a few days in Niue, you’ll get a small sampling of the island’s eclectic restaurants. 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.
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 Foodie Weekend in Niue
- Niue Foodie Itinerary: 3 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 foodie weekend in Niue. For more foodie tips, check out the 8 Unique Foods in Niue You Have to Try.