3-Day Foodie Itinerary for Niue
Only crazy foodies try to spend just three days in Niue. With so many amazing food tours, restaurants and cultural experiences, such limited time isn’t enough to truly experience “The Rock of the Pacific”. Nevertheless, if three days is all you have, then this Niue foodie itinerary for 3 days will certainly help you make the most out of your limited time.
While the below itinerary is fairly action-packed, see a more relaxed version in How to Spend 3 Days on a Foodie Vacation in Niue. Also note that because flights for Niue only operate on Monday and Friday, you will have to spend an extra half-day in Niue on top of your three days.
How to Get Around Niue in 3 Days
For just three days in Niue, you can either hire a car, which is often the most convenient option with the limited transport available on the island, or use a mix of airport transfers, the one taxi on the island and hiring a bike. Get advice on the former option in The Guide to Car Hire in Niue or find out more information on your latter options in the 8 Ways to Get to Niue (& Get Around Niue).
Day 1 – Welcome to Niue! Start Sampling the Restaurants!
Fakaalofa lahi atu and welcome to your foodie paradise for the next three days! On arrival at Hanan International Airport, go through the customs and quarantine process, as explained in Everything You Need to Know About Arriving in Niue. Then, either pick up your rental car outside of the airport or catch an airport transfer organised through your accommodation.
If you’re a foodie who likes to spruce up your own meals using local ingredients, now is a good time to pick up supplies. Stop by the Swanson Supermarket just outside of the airport (turn left), where you’ll be able to pick up fresh coconut bread from the Rolling Pin Bakery and try the island’s hydroponic greens from Niue Fresh.
Once stocked up, check-in at your foodie accommodation, whether it’s the Scenic Matavai Resort with an on-site restaurant or one of the many self-catering options.
Foodie and Self-catering Accommodation in Niue
- Scenic Matavai Resort (not self-catering – restaurant on site)
- Scenic Matavai Apartments & Villa
- Turtle Lodge
- Namukulu Cottages
- Clifftop Fale
- Matapa Guest House
- Kumar Enterprise / Guest House
- Heleni Jessop’s Fatahega
- Stone Villas
- Lau’s Getaway
- Nic’s Bungalows
- Petite Hatava
- Kololi’s Motel
And for the foodie that wants restaurant dining experiences, you’ll have plenty to keep your tastebuds titillated for the next few days!
Dinner: Kaiika Restaurant – Indulge in fresh sushi made by a Tokyo chef at this restaurant in Alofi. New York-style pizzas with a tropical twist and Middle Eastern rotisserie chicken are also on the menu. Bookings are essential.
Day 2 – Catch Dinner on an Exciting Fishing Charter
Fishing is a way of life in Niue, which just so happens to be a thrilling sport in Niue’s blue waters close to shore! Jump on a fishing charter with all the latest equipment and a knowledgeable guide who will show you how to reel in the big ones like wahoo, mahimahi, yellowfin tuna, sailfish, marlin, giant trevally and more!
As for sampling your catch, most fishing charters will either give you some to cook up at your accommodation or deliver it to one of the local restaurants where you’ll be able to sample the fish prepared professionally. Make sure to discuss your options with the fishing operator before you head out, so you have the right expectations.
Lunch: Vaiolama Cafe – Munch on fresh baguettes and cakes from the cabinet at this cafe on the clifftops of Alofi. You can also sip on their fruity smoothies, have a coffee or try out their 18-hole mini golf course!
Dinner: Jenna’s Restaurant – Open only in the high season, Jenna’s has a fantastic buffet and Pacifika show on Tuesdays and is open for dinner Thursday to Saturday.
Day 3 – Do a Niuean Plantation and Rainforest Tour
Head north today to the village of Mutalau where you’ll join Tony of A5 Plantation Tours. This 4WD tour of a local plantation and rainforest will get you to explore a real plantation where you’ll learn about modern and traditional methods for growing cassava, taro, kumara, watermelon, pawpaw, banana and much more with plenty of tastings along the way. You’ll also meet the local coconut crab, the uga, which is a local delicacy and learn how to husk a coconut!
Lunch: Crazy Uga Cafe & Bar – Dine salads, paninis, pasta, fish and chips, etc. for lunch at this rustic cafe on the Alofi waterfront.
Drinks: All Relativf – Located at the Swanson Complex just outside of Alofi, this is a cocktail bar mixing real-fruit cocktails and smoothies.
Dinner: Wok on the Rock – Wash down the drinks with an Asian-Pacific fusion takeaway in Alofi.
Departure Day – Pick Up Some Niuean Food to Take Home and Depart from Niue
We told you three days wasn’t enough! Nevertheless, you’ll still get time to pick up some local food items after checking in your bags at Hanan Airport when it opens at 9am.
A foodie essential to take home in the Niuean honey made from the cleanest bees in the world, and the only honey outside of New Zealand that you can take back with you. Niuean honey is available at the Tourist Information Centre and the Double M supermarket. Additionally, pick up pure vanilla and coconut products at the Niue Vanilla store in Alofi or from the honesty stall of Koefaga Vanilla in Alofi South.
Back at the airport, park up your rental car at the “Car Rentals Only” signs and leave the keys in the car. You’ll need to go to the Quarantine Office to get your quarantine certificate for the food you are taking home with you. Then go through airport security to enjoy one last drink in Niue at the Runway Bar before your flight.
For more information on the departure procedure, see Leaving Niue: The Niue Airport Departure Process.
More Foodie Trip Ideas and Itineraries
That’s it for the Niue foodie itinerary: 3 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.