The Guide to Planning a Two-Week Luxury Trip to Niue
Looking for a new and exciting South Pacific destination to escape to? How about the island of Niue? While the tropical country isn’t exactly packed with five-star resorts, some may argue that the low visitor count mixed with its charming villas and often secluded snorkelling spots is a different kind of luxury that’s getting harder and harder to find. Plan your island escape with this guide to a two-week luxury vacation in Niue.
Whether you’re travelling for a special occasion or “just because”, this guide will assist with a luxury itinerary (or two), as well as offer recommendations on where to stay, how to get around, what to do and where to dine.
Two Weeks in Niue (A Relaxed Itinerary)
Below is an overview of a relaxed luxury itinerary for Niue. During this itinerary, you will be staying in the same accommodation for ultimate convenience. Note, there is an extra day added due to Niue’s irregular flight schedule.
- Day 1 – Arrive in Niue and check-in at your luxury accommodation
- Day 2 – Do a guided orientation tour of the island
- Day 3 – Enjoy a resort/accommodation by the pool
- Day 4 – Swim with whales and/or dolphins
- Day 5 – Do an independent road trip to the secluded east coast sights, like Togo Chasm and Anapala Chasm
- Day 6 – Join a scuba diving trip or try swimming with whales again if your first swim was unsuccessful
- Day 7 – Enjoy a resort/accommodation day
- Day 8 – Join an ebony arts tour
- Day 9 – Find Niue’s quiet snorkelling/swimming spots, such as Matapa Chasm, Avaiki Cave and more
- Day 10 – Experience a Niuean church service then enjoy a resort/accommodation day
- Day 11 – Try your luck on a fishing charter
- Day 12 – Play a round of island golf at the Niue Golf and Sports Club
- Day 13 – Treat yourself to Niuean souvenirs at the Niue Market, Kauhi Krafts and more
- Day 14 – Indulge in a spa treatment or yoga session
- Departure day – Get prepared for departure on an iconic Niue plane day
Two Weeks in Niue (An Alternative Itinerary)
If the above itinerary doesn’t speak your language, then check out our more detailed active itinerary below.
See the full itinerary: Niue Luxury Itinerary: 14 Days
Where to Stay
You’ll be able to drive, cycle or taxi to just about anywhere in Niue, no matter where you stay. With that in mind, we recommend choosing an accommodation in Niue that speaks to you. While the island isn’t home to five-star luxury, it certainly has some high-quality stays, including:
Scenic Matavai Resort – Niue’s only resort provides commanding views, modern well-appointed guest rooms, two outdoor pools, a pool bar and a restaurant. Different room upgrades are available, the most luxurious being the Deluxe Clifftop Rooms.
Lau’s Getaway – Choose from two lavish villas with attractive timber interiors and private balconies with a fitted bathtub. Guests receive a complimentary bottle of wine, a breakfast hamper, an espresso machine, binoculars for whale watching and more.
Namukulu Cottages – Here are five self-contained cottages with private decks and steps away from an outdoor swimming pool. You’re welcomed to the cottages with “Plane Day Pizzas”, as well as freshly-baked bread each day during your stay.
Stone Villas – Conveniently located in Alofi yet nestled away in tropical forest surroundings, these Niuean limestone-constructed villas provide a tranquil retreat. The stay includes car rental, airport transfers and a phone to make local calls for free.
Find out more about these accommodations and more in the 10 Best Luxury Accommodation in Niue.
How to Get Around
Admittedly, Niue doesn’t have a huge offering of transport. Nevertheless, the island’s quiet roads are extremely easy to drive or even cycle, if you’re feeling active. Here are some of your best transport options for Niue:
Car rental – Ultra-convenient, car rental is a popular way to travel Niue’s 123km (76 miles) of paved roads. What’s more, car rental companies offer pick-up/drop-off anywhere on the island. Find out more in The Guide to Car Hire in Niue.
The Taxi – If you’re not a fan of driving yourself, the next best option is “The Taxi”. Yes, pay attention to the “The” as there is only one. Find out more in The Guide to Taxis in Niue.
Bike rental – Getting around the entire island by bike is a challenge, taking 4 to 5 hours! However, bicycle or e-bike rental is worth considering for making shorter trips, exploring the west coast or making your way into Alofi if you’re staying on the outskirts. See The Guide to Mountain Biking in Niue for more details.
For a more in-depth look at Niue’s transport options, check out How to Get Around Niue.
What to Do
For such a small island, Niue offers an almost overwhelming array of experiences. Whether you seek relaxation or adventure, Niue has activities to serve. Some top recommendations include:
Scuba diving – See what it’s like to scuba dive in up to 80m visibility through dramatic underwater chasms and caves. You’ll also see astonishing marine life on one of the scuba diving tours in Niue. Find out more in The Guide to Scuba Diving in Niue.
Massage – Either have a massage in the privacy of your own accommodation or in a clifftop studio nestled in forest with Maulu Spa. There is a range of healing massages, body scrubs and yoga sessions available. Discover more in The Best Spas in Niue.
Swim with whales – Niue is one of the rare places in the world where you can swim with humpback whales. Combined with unbelievable water visibility and you have a vividly memorable experience. Note that whales are only in Niue between July and September/October. Learn more in The Guide to the Whale Season in Niue.
Fishing – Start your morning with a half-day fishing charter or head out for the whole day to try your luck in catching challenging game fish like mahimahi, yellowfin tuna, wahoo and more! There’s a wide range of charters to choose from, so browse your options in the 10 Best Fishing Charters in Niue.
Start browsing the 10 Luxury Activities in Niue to explore more options.
Where to Eat and Drink
Be sure to book a table for each of Niue’s quaint yet hugely popular eateries. You’ll find flavours from all over the world made with a South Pacific twist. Our dining recommendations include:
Kaiika Restaurant – Premium sushi platters prepared by a Tokyo chef are the main reason to call in, while New York-style pizzas, Morrocan rotisserie chicken and ice cream desserts give you good reason to come back.
Dolphin Restaurant – Dine at the Scenic Matavai Resort‘s restaurant for beautifully presented plates on their a la carte menu. In true resort style, they also offer entertainment evenings and cultural buffets.
Vaiolama Cafe – Perched atop a 30m cliff with its own mini golf course, this cafe offers more than just crowd-pleasing dining. Join them for Thursday drinks where Happy Hour is between 4pm and 6pm.
All Relativf – Worth mentioning for its fresh-fruit cocktails, smoothies and more, this cocktail bar in Niue’s main shopping complex offers a creative range of drinks.
Check out more recommendations on where to wine and dine in The Guide to the Best Eats & Restaurants in Niue.