14-Day Budget Itinerary for Niue
Two weeks is the ideal time to explore all of Niue’s top sights, which incidentally are free to visit, and have some time to relax. This Niue budget itinerary for 14 days is for the backpacker or budget traveller that wants to explore, see and do it all! However, for a more relaxed holiday schedule, see What to Do for 14 Days in Niue on a Budget.
Note that some activities on this Niue budget 14-day itinerary are only available on certain days of the week. This itinerary is based on if you arrive in Niue on a Friday (local time), but days can be moved around accordingly should you arrive in Niue another day.
Before we dive into this 14-day budget itinerary for Niue, bookmark the Niue Travel Budget: How Much Does a Trip to Niue Cost? for its full budget overview or The Travel Guide to Niue on a Budget for more advice.
How to Get Around Niue in 14 Days on a Budget
Niue is one island with 123km (76 miles) of paved roads, 64km (40 miles) of road circling the island, and only one taxi vehicle available… For this reason, we strongly recommend hiring a car to make the most out of this 14-day budget itinerary for Niue. Budget car rentals are available, which we give advice in The Guide to Car Hire in Niue. You will need a Niue Driver’s License, available from the Alofi Police Station and costing around NZ$22.50.
Alternatively, many accommodations offer airport transfer, which is worth considering if you are staying in Alofi and choose to rent a car a little later into your trip. Learn more about transport in the 8 Ways to Get to Niue (& Get Around Niue).
Day 1 – Land in Niue, Check-in at Your Accommodation
Your Niue adventure begins! On arrival, you will go through the airport customs and biosecurity process, as outlined in Everything You Need to Know About Arriving in Niue.
Visit the appropriate kiosk for your chosen car rental company or your chosen accommodation will either have its own kiosk for accommodation transfers or simply a representative with a sign ready to pick you up.
Because Niue is so small (it takes around two hours to drive around the whole island), it’s more convenient to stay in the same accommodation for the entire two weeks.
Budget Accommodation in Niue
- Kumar Enterprise / Guest House
- Turtle Lodge
- Heleni Jessop’s Fatahega
- Kololi’s Motel
- Aleki Guesthouse
- Damiana’s Motel
- Lialagi Units
- Aliutu Guesthouse
- Peleni’s Guesthouse
For more details on our top picks, see the 10 Best Budget Accommodation in Niue.
Self-catering in Niue
Almost all budget accommodation on the island has self-catering facilities, so we recommend picking up supplies on your way to your accommodation. The largest supermarket, Swanson Supermarket, is just outside of the airport. Alternatively, there are a few grocery stores in Alofi.
Day 2 – Explore Alofi
When the rest of Niue’s visitors rush to the top attractions, take the time today to get yourself acquainted with Alofi. That way, you’ll understand what services and restaurants are available, pick up your Niue Driver’s License, get more ideas for your trip at the Visitor Information Centre, and do some fun free stuff too! Yes, Alofi is home to some of its own free sea tracks leading to amazing coastal scenery. There’s also a cheap museum, an art gallery, gift shops and mini golf!
Free/Cheap Things to Do in Alofi
- Watch whales and dolphins from Tomb Point
- Check out historic sites, like Tomb Point and Opaahi
- Walk Alofi’s sea tracks
- Play a round of mini golf at the Vaiolama Cafe
- Scout out the cheap eats
- Admire the paintings in the Tahiono Art Gallery
- Visit the Fale Tau Taoga (Niue National Museum)
For more details and suggestions, check out the 10 Free & Cheap Things to Do in Alofi.
Day 3 – Explore the East Coast
It’s time to get off the beaten track (as if you already weren’t in Niue) and explore Niue’s rugged side, the east coast! Hire a car (if today falls on a Sunday on your itinerary, hire a car the day before), if you already haven’t, and hit the road to Niue’s quieter coast.
Starting from south to north, head to the village of Hakupu and the Anapala Chasm Sea Track. The 15-minute one-way walk takes you through lush rainforest and down some steep steps to the bottom of an awe-inspiring chasm. If you’re not too spooked, you can swim in the cold freshwater at the bottom.
Your next chasm fix comes with a 30-45-minute walk to Togo Chasm. After walking through the tropical rainforest of the Huvalu Forest Conservation Area, you’ll emerge on a rocky coastline with limestone pinnacles as far as the eye can see. Follow the track down a ladder and into a sandy-bottom chasm dotted with coconut palms! You can scramble over the rockfall at the back of the chasm to watch waves breaking against the rocks. Needless to say, you won’t want to venture further, so return the same way.
Laufoli Umu Pit
Easy to miss, keep an eye on the east side of the road, north of the Togo Chasm for a quick stop at the Laufoli Umu Pit. You can see the distinct ditch in the ground that was used as an earth oven where it is said that a great warrior created in order to end his life there.
Hikulagi Sculpture Park
Have a quick browse around this outdoor sculpture park with works of art created out of recycled materials.
Uluvehi Sea Track
Park up on some steep clifftops where you’ll be able to look inside a couple of shallow limestone caves, see fishermen’s vaka (canoes) and enjoy amazing views of the Pacific Ocean.
While the suggested free attractions will keep you busy for the day, there are many more nooks and crannies along the east coast to explore should you be a fast explorer. See the 7 Best Sea Tracks on the East Coast of Niue for more inspiration.
Day 4 – Check Out the Limu Pools, Matapa Chasm and the Talava Arches
There’s so much to see on the calmer side of the island, including snorkelling hotspots, that you might want to take your exploration on the west coast a little slower. First, head north to the villages of Hikutavake and Namukulu, which have a whole bunch of amazing coastal attractions. Note that these attractions for snorkelling are tide-dependent, so change the order you visit them according to the tide.
An oasis for swimming and snorkelling, the Limu Pools is a must-visit. Follow a short sea track down to the main pools, where swimming is best enjoyed at half-to-full incoming tide. Otherwise, the water tends to be a little too shallow at low tide. There’s also a small side track to another snorkelling spot with an archway which is generally better to snorkel at low tide.
Suitable for swimming at any tide, the Matapa Chasm is a wide chasm harbouring all sorts of tropical fish in its safe swimming spot. Walk down a seven-minute rocky sea track through the forest to emerge at the chasm.
Enjoyed at any tide, but best at low tide if you want to walk across the reef and under the arch, the Talava Arches is what awaits after a 30-minute walk through the forest. The sea track is right next to the beginning of the Matapa Chasm track and leads to a series of limestone caves to navigate with guide ropes. You’ll emerge at a stunning view of the coastal archway and have the opportunity to snorkel in the coral-lined channel below.
Day 5 – Explore Avaiki and Palaha Cave and Do Some Whale Watching
More amazing coastal scenery awaits on the west coast of the island, this time around the village of Makefu. Just before low tide, find the Avaiki Cave Sea Track down to a huge cathedral cave with a swimming pool at the base. After a bit of snorkelling, head back up the sea track and up the road to the nearby Palaha Cave for more magnificent viewings of grand limestone caves. Although you can walk between the two caves on the reef at low tide, we don’t recommend it, as it’s hard to avoid standing on fragile coral.
Top off your exploration of Makefu by setting up camp (not literally, but more like a picnic camp) at the Makefu Sea Track, which is a good place to look out for whales (July to September) and dolphins.
Day 6 – Free Day
Be sure to set a day aside in your itinerary to either relax at your accommodation or do one of the slightly more expensive activities that we wouldn’t usually include in a “budget” itinerary. You’re only in Niue once (well, that’s in the unlikely event that you don’t fall in love with the place), so why not treat yourself to swimming with whales, scuba diving in crystal clear waters or one of the other 10 Must-Dos in Niue?
Alternatively, many accommodations on the island have their own attractions, whether it’s the host offering cultural tours or the accommodation having access to its own swimming spot (or swimming pool). At some of the budget guesthouses, locals are known to arrange last-minute uga (coconut crab) hunts or umu dinners, so always leave some room for the spontaneous!
Day 7 – Hit a Bike Trail
After your Sunday relaxation, you’re bound to have some energy to explore one of Niue’s fun yet not-to-strenuous bike trails. There are four official bike trails on the island, where much of the route takes you on old bush tracks deep into the inland forest. Compare bike trails in The Best Bike Trails in Niue.
Mountain bikes are either free with some accommodations or affordable to hire from various car rental companies and tourism operators. See Where to Rent Bikes in Niue to compare locations and prices.
Day 8 – Visit a Niuean School
If you arrived in Niue on a Friday, today should be the following Friday when your morning can be spent visiting a local primary school. Watch the kids sing in an adorable cultural assembly. The assembly starts at 8.45am at the Niue Primary School in Paliati. Find the school about 1.5km (one mile) along the road which begins next to the Alofi Police Station.
After that, enjoy your day at leisure or do one of the activities you might have missed! See the 10 Things to Do in Niue for more ideas.
Day 9 – Do One of the Island’s Nature Tours
A certainly affordable type of tour you can enjoy in Niue is one of the nature tours, ranging from NZ$50-$70 per adult. Tours, such as Taue Uga Tour, Misa’s Nature Tour, A5 Tours and Ebony Rainforest Tours will take you into the Niuean forest to teach you traditional food and medicine gathering techniques, introduce you to forest-dwellers like uga and flying fox, and show you limestone caves and other amazing formations.
Compare tours further in The Guided Tours in Niue.
Day 10 – Church and Avatele Beach
If you arrived in Niue on a Monday, then Day 7 will be a Sunday and a day of sabbath for Niueans. An interesting and free cultural experience on the island is going to one of the Sunday church services. The spiritual experience with amazing harmonious singing is uplifting even for those who are not religious. Check out church recommendations in the 5 Best Churches in Niue to Experience as a Visitor.
After church, head to Avatele Beach where the Washaway Cafe is open on Sundays only! Enjoy swimming from the beach at low or mid-tide on an outgoing tide (watch out for currents near the channel and boat ramp) and enjoy a drink and some food at the Washaway Cafe, which is a serve-yourself honesty bar! Learn more about it in The 10 Best Restaurants in Niue.
Day 11 – Spend the Day in Alofi
Today is a good day to discover some of the sea tracks, historical sites and restaurants you might have missed in Alofi so far. As a reminder, there are these 10 Free & Cheap Things to Do in Alofi.
While you might have been doing some self-catering to save money, you might want to treat yourself at some of the local restaurants too! Check out the Top Cheap Eats in Niue to see which restaurants and cafes are the most affordable.
Day 12 – Go Beach-Hopping
You’ve seen chasms, epic arches and caves, but you’ve yet to get in some beach time! Today is the day, where you can enjoy some of Niue’s attractive white coral beaches. Some of the beaches are ideal for swimming, snorkelling and reef walking, with one highlight being Hio Beach. Not only is it a highlight for its amazing reef pools to the right of the beach, but because the Hio Cafe & Bar is just above it where you can enjoy a couple of drinks with your travel buddies.
See more beaches to hop to in The Best Beaches in Niue.
Day 13 – Check Out the Niue Market and the Women’s Council Weaving
If you arrived in Niue on a Monday, then today is a Wednesday and a day of bustling activity in Alofi! Wake up early to enjoy the fresh produce, crafts and souvenirs at the Niue Market, starting at 6am until about 12pm. The market is next door to the Tourist Information Centre.
Also happening on a Wednesday is the Niue Council of Women’s crafting group inside Makini Hall. You are welcome to watch the women in action in all sorts of handicrafts, from weaving to fabric printing to making necklaces made out of yellow shells found in the forest. There’s also a little shop at the back of the hall to see the finished works.
Day 14 – Free Day
Today is all yours to do anything you might have missed over the past fortnight (or anything that you thought was so amazing you want to do again)!
We have plenty of inspiration for new experiences in our 101 Things to Do in Niue: The Ultimate List, so get scrolling and complete your bucket list for day 14 of your budget itinerary in Niue!
Departure Day – Check Out of Your Accommodation and Depart Niue
Your time in paradise has come to an end, so say goodbye to your guesthouse hosts who, no doubt, have made you part of the family, and make your way to Hanan Airport to check in your baggage. The departure process in Niue is a bit of a lengthy one that’s worth getting to understand in Leaving Niue: The Niue Airport Departure Process. You’ll see that you will need to check in your bags earlier than usual before catching your flight.
Return your car rental by parking the car where the “Rental Cars Only” signs are, leaving the keys in the car.
Then it’s goodbye to Niue, as you make your way back to Auckland.
More on Niue Budget Itineraries and Trip Ideas
That’s it for the Niue budget itinerary: 14 days. Get more trip-planning inspiration from our itinerary compilations: The Best Niue Itineraries for 2 Weeks, The Best Niue Itineraries for 1 Week, The Best Niue Itineraries for 5 Days and The Best Niue Itineraries for a Weekend.