5-Day Foodie Itinerary for Niue
While 5 days in Niue is not nearly enough time to experience “The Rock of the Pacific” to its fullest, this Niue foodie itinerary for 5 days will certainly help you make the most out of your limited time. Experience new sights, food tours, restaurants and tastes each day with this foodie holiday plan for Niue! If this itinerary is too full-on, however, see a more relaxed version in How to Plan a 5-Day Foodie Holiday in Niue.
How to Get Around Niue in 5 Days
Make the most of this 14-day foodie itinerary for Niue by hiring a car. This is one of your very limited transport options in Niue, giving you the freedom to visit the food tours and attractions in this itinerary. Check out our advice on hiring a car in The Guide to Car Hire in Niue.
For more transport options, such as airport transfers, bike hire and the island’s one taxi, see the 8 Ways to Get to Niue (& Get Around Niue).
Day 1 – Arrive in Niue and Start Sampling the Restaurants
Fakaalofa lahi atu! Your foodie getaway begins after going through the customs and quarantine process of Hanan International Airport, as explained in Everything You Need to Know About Arriving in Niue. Either pick up your rental car outside of the airport or catch an airport transfer organised through your accommodation.
If you’re self-catering, now is a good time to stop by the Swanson Supermarket just outside of the airport (turn left). Then 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
If you’d prefer to eat out tonight, kickstart your foodie getaway by indulging in the food of one of Niue’s delightful restaurants.
Dinner: Kaiika Restaurant – Sample 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 a Fishing Charter
Fishing is a way of life in Niue. While you won’t be joining the fishermen on their vaka (canoes) you can jump on a fishing charter with all the latest equipment. Whether you’re an experienced angler or an absolute newb, you’ll have the opportunity to reel in the big ones like wahoo, mahimahi, yellowfin tuna, sailfish, marlin, giant trevally and more!
Generally, fishing charters in Niue operate with a “catch stays with the boat” policy, but most 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 – Get a fresh baguette and a cake from the cafe cabinet and sip on fruity smoothies or a coffee at this cafe in Alofi. The cafe also has an 18-hole mini golf course on the clifftops!
Dinner: Jenna’s Restaurant – If you’re lucky enough to be around when they are open in the high season, check out this restaurant in Alofi serving local and international cuisine for dinner from Thursday to Saturday, as well as their Pacifika show and buffet night on Tuesdays. Bookings are essential.
Day 3 – Browse the Niue Market and Do a Vanilla Plantation Tour
If you arrived in Niue on a Monday, then today is Wednesday and a hive of activity in Alofi. Not only is the weaving group in full swing in Makini Hall, which is well worth checking out to see the local ladies doing some amazing crafts, but the morning begins bright and early with the Niue Market or “Markete”. Running from 6am to around 12pm, the market is where you can buy fresh tropical fruit and vegetables to spruce up back at your self-catering accommodation. Plus, there is sometimes some Niuean cooked food available to buy, like Niuean porridge called “nane”.
Niue Vanilla Tour
After you’re done at the market, take a short drive to Alofi North for your Niue Vanilla Tour. Learn the ins and outs of an organic vanilla plantation, which will help you understand the expensive market of these aromatic beans. You’ll wander around some 7,000 vines of vanilla, all of which need to be hand-pollinated on this super informative tour.
Lunch: Tavana’s Cafe – Have fish and chips the Niuean way, with fresh fish and cassava fries! Find the locally run cafe in the commercial centre of Alofi.
Dinner: Crazy Uga Cafe & Bar – Watch the sunset from this rustic Alofi restaurant during its Wednesday night spitroast. Bookings are essential.
Day 4 – Do a Niuean Plantation and Rainforest Tour
Head north to the village of Mutalau where you’ll join Tony of A5 Plantation Tours. This 4WD tour of a local plantation and rainforest will teach you how to husk a coconut and explore a real plantation where you’ll learn about modern and traditional methods for growing cassava, taro, sweet potato, watermelon, pawpaw, banana and much more. Taste some of the fruit that is in season and meet the local coconut crab, the uga, which is a local delicacy.
Lunch: Crazy Uga Cafe & Bar – For lunch, they serve up salads, paninis, pasta, fish and chips, etc.
Drinks: All Relativf – Located at the Swanson Complex just outside of Alofi, this is the establishment to be for sipping of real-fruit cocktails and smoothies.
Dinner: Wok on the Rock – Wash down the drinks with an Asian-Pacific fusion takeaway in Alofi.
Day 5 – Pick Up Some Niuean Food to Take Home and Depart from Niue
This is the point that you realise that just five days in Niue is nowhere near long enough! This morning, we recommend checking in your bags at Hanan Airport when it opens at 9am, so you have time to pick up some Niuean food before catching your flight in the afternoon.
Don’t miss picking up some Niuean honey made from the cleanest bees in the world, available at the Tourist Information Centre and the Double M supermarket. Additionally, pure vanilla and coconut products are for sale at the Niue Vanilla store, as well as at the roadside stall of Koefaga Vanilla. The latter works on an honesty box system.
Back at the airport, park up your rental car at the “Car Rentals Only” signs and leave the keys in the car. Go to the Quarantine Office to get your quarantine certificate for the food you are taking home with you. Then go through 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 Niue Foodie Itineraries and Trip Ideas
That’s it for the Niue foodie itinerary: 5 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.