Leaving Niue: The Niue Airport Departure Process
Leaving Niue: The Niue Airport Departure Process

Leaving Niue: The Niue Airport Departure Process

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Hanan Airport Departure Process: What You Need to Know

Your final day in Niue will be a little different from what it’s like departing from other countries. Because the same airport staff operate the airport check-in and security at Hanan International Airport, Niue’s only airport, there is some waiting time between checking in for your flight and passing through airport security. Luckily, you don’t have to stay at the airport during this waiting period, as we give you ideas for things to do in this Niue departure guide. We also outline the complete Niue Airport departure process, so you won’t get thrown off on departure day!

Tips for Departing Niue

  • Check-in at the airport in the morning not only to avoid queues but to give you time to enjoy more of Niue before Airport Security opens in the afternoon
  • If you have bought any food, animal products, plant material, etc. get a certificate from the Quarantine Office so you can take it back home with you
  • If you are returning a rental car at the airport, simply park it up by the “Rental Cars Only” signs and leave the keys in the car
  • See The Complete Guide to Alofi Airport Niue to see what facilities are available at the airport.
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Airport Check-In

Check-in for flights departing Niue opens at 9am on plane days (Monday and Fridays), but don’t be surprised if it opens late, usually around 9.15am. Check-in closes at around 12pm.

The check-in process is a manual process at Hanan Airport, in that check-in staff literally write on your boarding pass. This also means that the process can take longer than computerised systems. Plus, you will not be able to pass through the eGates at Auckland Airport with a manual boarding pass.

During airport check-in is when you will be checking in your checked luggage, so you will not be able to access luggage for the rest of the day. Keep this in mind!

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Things to Do Between Check-In and Going Through Security

Since airport security for the 1.50pm flight doesn’t open until around 1pm, you have some time to kill between check-in and going through Airport Security. That’s why we recommend checking in your baggage as soon as you can in the morning, freeing you up the rest of the morning and the beginning of the afternoon to enjoy a few more hours of holiday time!

Get Some Lunch

Restaurants open for lunch on plane days include:

  • Kaiika, Alofi
  • Vaiolama Cafe, Alofi
  • Gill’s Restaurant, Alofi
  • Tavana Cafe, Alofi
  • Dolphin Restaurant, Scenic Matavai Resort in Tamakautoga

For more information on these eateries, see The Guide to the Best Eats & Restaurants in Niue.

Explore the Alofi Sea Tracks

Just so you don’t venture too far from the airport, check out some of the Alofi sea tracks you might have missed during your stay. See the 6 Best Sea Tracks in Alofi for more information.

Shop, Play Mini Golf or Go to the Museum in Alofi

Other short activities you can do in Alofi include shopping for souvenirs, where you can see shopping recommendations in Where to Find the Best Souvenirs in Niue. There is also an 18-hole golf course available at the Vaiolama Cafe, while the Fale Tau Taoga (Niue National Museum) is open on Mondays but not on Fridays. For more inspiration, see the 10 Things to Do in Alofi.

Go Back to the Resort

If you have been staying at the Scenic Matavai Resort, there are several shuttles running throughout plane days. You can catch their first shuttle for the airport check-in at 10am, then catch the same shuttle back to the resort to relax by the pool, have a cocktail at the bar and/or have lunch, before taking the shuttle back to the airport at 12.15pm.

Browse the Airport Market

To kill some time at Hanan Airport, there is a small market set up beside the waiting area on plane days. Browse a small selection of souvenirs, such as jewellery and garlands, as well as purchase hot food and hot and cold drinks.

Get a Phytosanitary Certificate from the Quarantine Office

If you intend to take any food, animal products, plant material and/or other goods from Niue, then you need to purchase a phytosanitary certificate in order for the items to pass through biosecurity in Auckland. These can be purchased from the Quarantine Office, which is located next to the airport check-in at Hanan Airport. The Quarantine Office opens at 9am on plane days.

Complete the Departure Card

While you’re waiting in the airport waiting area before Security opens, you will be given a Niue Departure Card to complete. This is a short form asking for personal details, such as your name, date of birth, marital status, etc. It also asks about how you heard about Niue and your expenditure whilst in the country. Learn more about the form in our quick guide to the Niue Departure Card.

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Airport Security and Departure Lounge

At around 1pm, Airport Security opens. Like other airports, you simply get your passport checked by Airport Security Officers, hand over your Departure Card and put your carry-on luggage through the x-ray machines, etc.

You’ll then enter the Departure Lounge of Hanan Airport, where there is the Runway Bar, selling alcohol, soft drinks, snacks and hot food. There is also the Niue Bond Store, a duty-free store that mostly sells alcohol. There are also toilet facilities available.

Soon you’ll depart your flight to Auckland.

More About the Niue Airport Departure Process

That’s it for the guide to the airport departure process for Niue. Now check out The Complete Travel Guide to Niue and the 31 Tips for Travelling in Niue for even more trip-planning advice.


Robin C.

This article was reviewed and published by Robin, the co-founder of Niue Pocket Guide. He has lived, worked and travelled across 16 different countries before settling in the South Pacific, so he knows a thing or two about planning the perfect trip in this corner of the world. He is also consulting regularly with Niue Tourism to ensure content accuracy. Robin is also the co-founder of several other South Pacific travel guides and is a regular host of webinars with the South Pacific Tourism Organisation.

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