The Guide to Planning an Adults-Only Trip to Niue for a Long Weekend
Want to do something epic, relaxing and beautiful all rolled into one for the long weekend? How about an adults-only weekend in Niue? The isolated island in the South Pacific might not have a single adults-only resort, but you’ll find that, well, it doesn’t really need one. With a cap on the number of visitors per year, Niue achieves effortless tranquillity being one of the least-visited countries in the world.
Need we say more? Start planning your long weekend using this guide which includes a proposed itinerary (or two), where to stay, how to get around, what to do and where to eat.
A Weekend in Niue (A Relaxed Itinerary)
Below is a quick overview of a relaxing adults-only weekend itinerary for Niue. Note that you’ll need to plan for four days to visit the island, due to flights only operating on Fridays and Mondays (Niue time).
- Day 1 – Arrive in Niue, check-in at your accommodation, and celebrate your first night with a tipple at one of the island’s bars
- Day 2 – Head out on a scuba diving trip
- Day 3 – Take on the secluded biking trails
- Departure Day – Indulge in a morning massage before preparing for departure on an iconic Niue plane day
A Weekend in Niue (An Active Itinerary)
Think you would like to squeeze more into your weekend than what is listed in the itinerary above? Check out our detailed itinerary below.
See the full itinerary: Niue Adult-Only Itinerary: 3 Days
Where to Stay
Nope, there are no large commercial adults-only resorts; it’s just not Niue’s style. Alternatively, there is a couple of adults-only villas, while holiday homes are another option to enjoy your own space. The accommodation we recommend includes:
Lau’s Getaway – Stay in a two-storey villa elevated on a clifftop with a full kitchen, a dining area, a balcony with a freestanding bathtub and more. A bottle of wine and a breakfast hamper are included. Guests must be 18+ years old.
Petite Hatava – These compact self-catered apartments include a bottle of wine and breakfast starter kit on arrival. They have a fully-equipped kitchen, a location near Niue’s largest supermarket and a sunset-facing verandah. Guests must be 12+ years old.
Clifftop Fale – A one-bedroom cottage nestled in tropical gardens on a clifftop. The accommodation has a fully-equipped kitchen, laundry facilities, a wraparound deck and a private access track to a snorkelling spot.
Matapa Guest House – Located close to top snorkelling spots like the Talava Arches and the Matapa Chasm, this holiday home with a front deck features a modern open-plan kitchen, living and dining area. The hosts offer cultural tours and activities.
How to Get Around
Niue is a relatively small island at 240km² (100mi²). But with each attraction being around 10 minutes drive apart, making a plan on how you’re going to get around is highly recommended. Here are some of your transport options:
Bike rental – For an active and eco-friendly weekend, cycling is a great way to get between Niue’s west coast attractions, Alofi and its out-of-town accommodations, as well as the bike trails. Although cycling around the entire island takes 4 to 5 hours, this is probably not a consideration if only visiting for the weekend. See if cycling is right for you using The Guide to Mountain Biking in Niue.
Car rental – Renting a car is the most popular and convenient way for visitors to travel around Niue. 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 – Niue has no public transport system. The closest thing you’ll find to public transport is the island’s one-and-only taxi, affectionately called “The Taxi”. Learn more in The Guide to Taxis in Niue.
For more details on the above transport and more, check out How to Get Around Niue.
What to Do
Don’t worry about a tour having “too many kids” in Niue, especially as many adventure activities have age restrictions. Some of the best activities to squeeze into an adults-only weekend include:
Scuba diving – Scuba diving in Niue is an unmissable experience with its underwater chasms, caves, coral reefs and more – all in impeccably clear waters. What’s more, dive trips have an age restriction, only allowing diver’s 10 years and above. Learn more in The Guide to Scuba Diving in Niue.
Cycling – You rarely run into anyone else on the remote bike trails of Niue. Delve deep into the bush and the heart of the island on the mountain biking bush trails.
Massage – Start or end your weekend with a relaxing spa treatment. Either be pampered in the privacy of your accommodation or at a clifftop studio with Maulu Spa. See The Best Spas in Niue for more information.
Start browsing the 7 Adult-Only Activities in Niue to explore more experiences.
Where to Eat and Drink
Sure, we can’t promise that restaurants or even bars will be adult-only when you visit, especially as Niue’s eateries with limited tables are often fully booked in the high season. But don’t let that deter you from experiencing their charming culinary experiences. Some dining recommendations 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.
Hio Cafe & Bar – A rustic red container on the clifftops of Tuapa, the cafe has a pleasingly varied drinks menu. They have a limited but good food menu too.
All Relativf – A trendy cocktail in Niue’s main shopping complex. Try all sorts of tasty drinks that are made with fresh ingredients and worthy of a social media post.
Washaway Cafe – Only open on Sundays at Avatele Beach, this casual cafe/bar operates as an honesty bar where patrons write down their own order for the kitchen and serve their own drinks. It’s open until, well, everyone goes home!
Find out more about these eateries and much more in The Guide to the Best Eats & Restaurants in Niue.