The Guide to Planning a Two-Week Trip to Niue for Foodies
Step into a world of authentic island cuisine with this ultimate guide on how to plan a two-week foodie holiday in Niue. The island in the South Pacific not only has an eclectic offering of restaurants but it offers hands-on food tours and experiences.
Start planning a culinary two-week trip with this guide, which includes a proposed itinerary (or two), information on where to stay, how to get around, what to do and where to eat.
Two Weeks in Niue (A Relaxed Itinerary)
Below is a quick overview of a relaxed foodie itinerary for Niue with just one activity per day. During this itinerary, you will be staying in the same accommodation. Plus, there is a fifteenth day added to this itinerary due to the irregular flight schedule to Niue.
- Day 1 – Arrive in Niue and check-in at your accommodation
- Day 2 – Do an orientation tour of the island
- Day 3 – Visit Avatele, its beach and the Washaway Cafe
- Day 4 – Swim at the Limu Pools
- Day 5 – Join a uga (coconut crab) baiting and hunting tour
- Day 6 – Join a culture, nature or plantation tour
- Day 7 – Experience a Niuean umu night
- Day 8 – Browse the Niue Market
- Day 9 – Explore the east coast sights like Togo Chasm and Anapala Chasm
- Day 10 – Experience a Niuean church service then enjoy a relaxing resort/accommodation day
- Day 11 – Tour a vanilla plantation
- Day 12 – Trek to the Matapa Chasm and Talava Arches
- Day 13 – Relax at Hio Beach and the Hio Cafe
- Day 14 – Shop for some foodie souvenirs
- Departure Day – Get prepared for departure on an iconic Niue plane day
Two Weeks in Niue (An Active Itinerary)
Do you want to do more than what’s listed in the itinerary above? Check out our detailed itinerary below for a more active foodie holiday.
See the full itinerary: Niue Foodie Itinerary: 14 Days
Where to Stay
It’s just a short drive, or cycle ride in some cases, from pretty much anywhere in Niue. With that in mind, we recommend staying in the same accommodation for the entire two weeks for convenience. 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.
Find out more about these accommodations and more 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. Therefore, making a plan on how you’re going to get around the island is essential. Here are some of your best options:
Car rental – Renting a car is the most popular way for visitors to get around. 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.
Bike rental – Cycling is a great way to work off the meals on a foodie getaway. Relying on cycling to get around the entire island, however, is a challenge. Bike and e-bike rentals are best for making shorter trips, for example, exploring the west coast or making your way into Alofi if staying on 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.
For a more in-depth look at Niue’s transport options, check out How to Get Around 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:
Uga hunting tour – Uga (coconut crabs) have been a highly prized food source on the island for centuries. Learn about what the locals do to bait and catch uga on a uga hunting tour. Find out more in The Best Guided Tours in Niue.
Nature/plantation tour – Niue offers several unique tours where passionate locals share their traditions and knowledge about cultivating tropical forest and plantations. There are lots of tastings included! Find out more in the 7 Best Culture 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.
Niuean umu – There are special umu (earth oven) nights on the island giving visitor’s the chance to sample some real Niuean dishes! Find out more in The Ultimate Guide to the Niue Nightlife.
Start browsing the 10 Things to Do in Niue for Foodies to explore more options.
Where to Eat
Many are surprised to find a diverse offering of eateries on this secluded island in the South Pacific. 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 eclectic 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.
More on Planning a Two-Week Foodie Holiday in Niue
- Niue Foodie Itinerary: 14 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 two-week foodie holiday in Niue. For more foodie tips, check out the 8 Unique Foods in Niue You Have to Try.