5-Day Honeymoon Itinerary for Niue
Although Niue makes an ideal honeymoon destination for couples who don’t follow the crowd yet seek an utterly romantic retreat in the South Pacific, just 5 days doesn’t allow you to experience the island to its fullest. While Niue is a small island, don’t underestimate the number of things to do here. Nevertheless, if 5 days is all you have then this Niue honeymoon itinerary for 5 days will certainly see you making the very most of your time.
For a more relaxing honeymoon with fewer activities, see How to Spend 5 Days on a Honeymoon in Niue. Plus, be sure to bookmark The Wedding & Honeymoon Guide to Niue for even more trip-planning advice.
Note that due to Niue’s reduced flight schedule, this itinerary may no longer be compatible with current flights – check the flight schedule in Which Airlines Fly to Niue?
How to Get Around Niue in 5 Days
To make the most of this 5-day honeymoon itinerary for Niue, we highly recommend renting a car. Not only will it give you the freedom to explore Niue at your own pace and leisure, but other transport on the island is extremely limited. Read up more on the subject in The Guide to Car Hire in Niue, where you’ll also need to get a Niue Driver’s License from the Police Station.
Alternative ways to get around Niue include airport transfers with your accommodation, bicycle hire and the one taxi service. Read more about your other transport options in the 8 Ways to Get to Niue (& Get Around Niue).
Day 1 – Arrive in Niue and Your Honeymoon Begins!
Fakaalofa lahi atu and welcome to Niue! Before your honeymoon begins and you can start the rest of your lives together in paradise, you’ll need to go through the Hanan Airport arrival process… All is explained in Everything You Need to Know About Arriving in Niue making the process seamless! Then you’ll be ready to pick up your rental car by visiting the kiosk of your chosen company and hit the road to your dreamy honeymoon resort, holiday home or villa.
Honeymoon Accommodation in Niue
- Scenic Matavai Resort
- Lau’s Getaway
- Stone Villas
- Scenic Matavai Apartments & Villa
- Clifftop Fale
- Namukulu Cottages
- Petite Hatava
See the 10 Best Wedding & Honeymoon Accommodation in Niue for more details on our top picks.
Self-catering and Dining in Niue
Tonight, and for the next few nights, treat your loved one to a romantic dinner at Niue’s delightful restaurants. Alternatively, enjoy the night in by using the self-catering facilities provided in your accommodation. Be sure to pick up groceries from the Swanson Supermarket, just outside of the airport, on your way to your accommodation.
Day 2 – Buddy Up for a Scuba Diving Excursion or Visit the Avaiki and Palaha Caves
Whatever your honeymoon budget allows, you have two amazing options for activities today: scuba diving among vibrant sea life or exploring limestone caves.
An incredible experience to have together is exploring the underwater world of Niue’s caves, chasms and coral reefs. There’s something to discover for all levels of ability, whether you’re certified divers or newbies. There are two PADI-accredited operators on the island offering casual diving tours, as well as courses so you can strengthen your bond by learning a new skill together. See The Guide to Scuba Diving in Niue for more information on the subject.
Avaiki and Palaha Caves
For an alternative free activity, how about discovering some stunning limestone caves together? Just before low tide, take the short sea track to the Avaiki Cave, a huge cathedral cave with a snorkelling pool. A little further north is also the Palaha Cave, offering more magnificent viewings of grand limestone caves at any tide. Find both these caves near the village of Makefu on the west coast.
Day 3 – Swim with Dolphins and Whales or Go Snorkelling at the Matapa Chasm and Talava Arches
You’ll be talking about that time you swam with majestic whales and playful dolphins in Niue for years to come once you’ve had this life-changing experience… We highly recommend making whale/dolphin-swimming your activity of the day! Otherwise, explore more of the west coast’s incredible scenery and swimming holes as a free thing to do.
Whale and Dolphin Swimming Tours
Humpback whales come to Niue’s waters between July and September, where it’s possible to have a unique experience joining these gentle giants in their element. Watching whales from underwater is a humbling experience that will give you a whole new level of appreciation for the ocean. If you miss the season for swimming with whales, however, then an excellent alternative is swimming with spinner dolphins. Because these playful dolphins like to swim along with the boat, tours will have you holding onto a handle on the side of the boat as you see the dolphins swimming alongside you.
Matapa Chasm and Talava Arches
Today’s free alternative is taking a snorkelling trip to the Matapa Chasm and the Talava Arches. The start of the sea tracks to both of these attractions are next to each other in the village of Hikutavake.
Suitable to visit at any tide, the Matapa Chasm is a wide chasm harbouring a safe swimming hole. See crabs scuttling on the rocks and snorkel with colourful fish. The chasm is reached on a seven-minute one-way track through the forest.
The Talava Arches is a slightly longer walk, around 30-minutes one way, to a coastline of limestone caves and a magnificent coastal arch. Visit at low tide so that you are able to walk across the reef and under the arch. Otherwise, you can still see the arch at any tide. There is good snorkelling in the channel that splits the reef.
Day 4 – Do a Nature Tour
Ever wondered how you would fare together stranded on a remote island? There is an excellent selection of nature tours in Niue to at least give you a few pointers on the matter. For instance, join Ope from Taue Uga Tours to learn about the importance of the coconut crab to the Niuean people on an exciting and informative rainforest tour.
Another fantastic option is joining Jack from the Ebony Rainforest Tour, who will take you to his ancestral forest with limestone caves and rare ebony wood which he carves to make unique art and jewellery.
You might want to do Misa’s Nature Tour with a Niuean who grew up living in the bush. Misa will show you how to make fire, what coconuts to eat, as well as introduce you to flying foxes and uga.
Finally, Tony from A5 Plantation Tours can take you on a 4WD tour of the local rainforest and plantations to show you how Niueans sustain themselves with tropical food.
Compare all of the above tours further in The Guided Tours in Niue.
Day 5 – Departure Day
This is when you realise that only five days for your honeymoon in Niue was nowhere near enough time! Nevertheless, after you have dropped your bags off at the airport, due to Hanan Airport’s unusual departure procedure, you’ll still have time to do one last short activity before you leave. It could be checking out some of the sea tracks in Alofi, playing a round of mini golf, browsing the Niue Museum or something else. About that airport procedure, we explain the entire process in the guide to Leaving Niue: The Niue Airport Departure Process.
If you still have your rental car, park it up by the “Rental Cars Only” signs at the airport and leave the keys in the car.
Then it’s onto your flight to Auckland and the rest of your lives together…
More on Niue Honeymoon Itineraries and Trip Ideas
That’s it for the Niue honeymoon 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.