The Guide to Planning a Two-Week Trip to Niue for Families
Treat yourselves and the little ones to an island escape in the South Pacific like no other. Swap the usual busy resorts on bustling archipelagos for a family getaway on one of the least-visited countries in the world, the island of Niue. With family-friendly accommodation, quiet roads to road-trip around and an array of child-friendly attractions to see (most of which are free), Niue offers an easy two-week vacation. Start planning yours with this guide to the perfect two-week family trip to Niue.
In this family vacation plan, you’ll find a couple of proposed itineraries, as well as where to stay, how to get around, what to do and where to eat.
Two Weeks in Niue (A Relaxed Itinerary)
Remember that a holiday is your opportunity to relax too, so take a look at the proposed itinerary below listing just one or two activities per day for a laidback pace. In the below itinerary, you will be staying in the same accommodation. Plus, there is an extra day added due to the irregular flight schedule.
- Day 1 – Arrive in Niue and check-in at your accommodation
- Day 2 – Swim at the Limu Pools
- Day 3 – Visit Avatele, its beach and the Washaway Cafe
- Day 4 – Walk to the Talava Arches and snorkel with the fish
- Day 5 – Enjoy a day in Alofi and play clifftop mini golf
- Day 6 – Enjoy a pool day at your resort/accommodation
- Day 7 – Relax at Hio Beach and the Hio Cafe
- Day 8 – Visit the east coast attractions, like Togo Chasm and Matapa Chasm
- Day 9 – Learn how to survive in the wild on Misa’s Nature Tour
- Day 10 – Enjoy a pool day at your resort/accommodation
- Day 11 – Rent some bikes and hit the cycle trails
- Day 12 – Visit a Niuean school for their Friday cultural assembly
- Day 13 – Catch the uga (coconut crab) presentation at the Scenic Matavai Resort
- Day 14 – Visit your favourite swimming spot one last time
- Departure day – Get prepared for departure on an exciting and unusual Niue plane day.
Two Weeks in Niue (An Active Itinerary)
If the above itinerary doesn’t have enough going on or you’d simply like to see a detailed alternative, then check out the itinerary below.
See the full itinerary: Niue Family Itinerary: 14 Days
Where to Stay
Families have a diverse range of accommodations to choose from, including apartment complexes, holiday homes and a resort. Some recommendations include:
Scenic Matavai Resort – The one and only resort in Niue features two outdoor swimming pools, a pool bar, a restaurant and elevated decks to watch whales and dolphins from. Interconnecting rooms are available with all your standard international-style hotel amenities.
Namukulu Cottages – Located nearby child-friendly swimming spots like the Limu Pools, Namakulu Cottages offers modern and airy one- and two-bedroom bungalows. Guests also have access to free WiFi, a flatscreen TV, a barbecue and an outdoor swimming pool.
Matapa Guest House – This family-friendly holiday home is located by some of Niue’s top swimming spots, whale watching sites and sea tracks. It is a small yet comfortable two-bedroom house with a double bed in each bedroom. The hosts offer cultural lessons and tours.
Scenic Matavai Apartments & Villas – The Scenic Matavai Apartments and Villas are 1.5km (one mile) away from the Scenic Matavai Resort. Guests can still use all of the facilities of the resort, as well as the facilities provided at this oceanfront apartment complex.
Find out more about these accommodations and others in the 10 Best Family Accommodation in Niue.
How to Get Around
Admittedly, families have a very limited choice when it comes to transport in Niue. In short, your transport options include:
Car rental – Niue has 123km (76 miles) of paved roads, so renting a car is the most popular way to travel for families. Car rental companies offer pick-up/drop-off anywhere on the island, usually free of charge. Find out more in The Guide to Car Hire in Niue.
The Taxi – The closest thing you’ll find to public transport is the island’s one-and-only taxi, affectionately called “The Taxi”. The vehicle easily fits a family of up to six or seven. Learn more in The Guide to Taxis in Niue.
For a more in-depth look at Niue’s transport options, check out How to Get Around Niue.
What to Do
Aside from lapping up the tropical sun, Niue offers an excellent balance of relaxation and kid-friendly adventures. Some of the top experiences for families include:
Swimming at the Limu Pools – While there’s a wide array of swimming and snorkelling spots in Niue, the Limu Pools is the most family-friendly. Learn more about them and more in the 8 Best Sea Tracks & Places to Swim in Niue for Kids.
Snorkelling at the Talava Arches – The Talava Arches Sea Track takes you to a magnificent coastal arch with limestone caves and a safe swimming channel.
Cultural activities – Two fantastic cultural activities for families include Misa’s Nature Tour and the Friday morning assembly at Niue Primary School. Additionally, there are entertainment nights and cultural presentations at the Scenic Matavai Resort throughout the week.
Whale and dolphin watching – Seeing pods of dolphins leap across the surface is an almost daily occurrence in Niue. Between July and September/October, humpback whales are added to the mix. There are many excellent places to watch whales and dolphins from shore, offering a child-friendly alternative to swimming tours, including the 10 Places to Spot Whales in Niue.
Start browsing the 10 Things to Do in Niue with Kids to explore more options.
Where to Eat and Drink
Although most accommodations in Niue have self-catering facilities, there is also plenty of family-friendly restaurants well worth treating yourselves to. Some include:
Vaiolama Cafe – This clifftop cafe boasts an array of fabulous cakes, fresh sandwiches, cabinet food, as well as refreshing smoothies and milkshakes. They also have an 18-hole mini golf course on-site.
Slush – Refresh with an ice-cold drink from this slushie bar in the Alofi Commercial Centre. Choose from a range of creative and colourful slushies, smoothies and frappes, or opt for one of the fridge drinks to be “slushed” for you!
Dolphin Restaurant – The restaurant of the Scenic Matavai Resort is open for resort guests and casual diners alike. They have kid’s options on their a la carte menu or book in for one of their entertainment evenings.
Cafe Tavana – A family go-to for affordable fish and chips. The lovely local ladies serve up amazing fresh fish, chips and salads, as well as a range of affordable burgers.
Check out more recommendations on where to dine in The Guide to the Best Eats & Restaurants in Niue.
More on Planning a Two-Week Family Trip to Niue
- Niue Family Itinerary: 14 Days
- The Guide to Niue for Families
- How to Pick the Right Family-Friendly Accommodation in Niue for You
That’s it for how to plan a two-week family trip to Niue. Get even more family trip-planning advice in The Travel Guide to Niue for Families, as well as activity inspiration from the 10 Things to Do in Niue with Kids.