3-Day Luxury Itinerary for Niue
Admittedly, three days in Niue is impossible with the flight schedule in Niue only operating Mondays and Fridays (unless you have your own yacht, then the world’s your oyster). Instead, you can spend four days in Niue with two of those days being your flight days. But with so many amazing coastal attractions and Niue must-dos, three days is not nearly enough to enjoy the best that Niue has to offer. If three/four days is all you have then we’ll sure you make the most of your luxury getaway with this Niue luxury itinerary for 3 days.
For a more relaxing 3/4-day getaway, check out our alternative itinerary in How to Spend 3 Days on a Luxury Niue Vacation.
Before we get into our 3-day luxury itinerary for Niue, be sure to bookmark The Luxury Travel Guide to Niue for more trip-planning advice.
How to Get Around Niue in 3 Days
While most visitors prefer to hire a car in Niue, as public transport is limited, this 3-day luxury itinerary for Niue doesn’t require you to have a car, as tour operators and accommodations offer their own transport or come to you. For anything in between, one taxi is also available on the island. Nevertheless, it’s often much more convenient to hire a car, which you can read up on The Guide to Car Hire in Niue for advice. Note that you will need a Niue Driver’s License from the Alofi Police Station if you decide to hire a car.
Explore more of your transport options in the 8 Ways to Get to Niue (& Get Around Niue).
Day 1 – Welcome to Niue
Fakaalofa lahi atu and welcome to Niue, your island paradise for the next three days!
Before you find yourself sipping on cocktails, you’ll need to go through the airport customs and biosecurity process at Hanan International Airport, as explained in Everything You Need to Know About Arriving in Niue. Then, your car rental or accommodation transfer will be waiting outside of the airport for you where you’ll enjoy a short drive to your chosen accommodation.
Luxury Accommodation in Niue
- Lau’s Getaway
- Namukulu Cottages
- Scenic Matavai Resort
- Scenic Matavai Apartments & Villa
- Stone Villas
- Lalopine Rockhouse
- Taloa Heights
- The Restoration Reef
See the 10 Best Luxury Accommodation in Niue for more information on each.
Dining in Niue
Tonight, and every upcoming night for that matter, treat yourself to the delectable dining of Niue’s restaurants. From sushi prepared by a Tokyo chef at Kaiika to impeccably presented plates at the Scenic Matavai Resort, your tastebuds will travel the world with the freshest Pacific ingredients. See The 10 Best Restaurants in Niue for more restaurants to indulge in.
Day 2 – Take an Orientation Tour and Spend the Day in Alofi
With such limited time on the island, one of your best options for seeing the highlights is on an orientation tour. Get a cultural, historical and locals insight into Niue’s top attractions and hidden gems on an orientation tour. Join either Explore Niue or Niue Orientation Tours for a guided tour of the west coast, not only to visit some of the coastal highlights but you’ll also get tips for making the most of your getaway in Niue. Compare the tours further in The Guided Tours in Niue.
Once you’ve become an expert of Niue, dine somewhere fabulous for lunch – see the 6 Best Cafes in Niue for suggestions. Take the time to browse some of the town’s gift shops and the Tahiono Art Gallery, then either head to some of the sea tracks pointed out on your orientation tour (car rental required) or simply spend the rest of your day indulging in the perks of your accommodation. It could be sipping cocktails by the pool at the Scenic Matavai Resort or drinking your complimentary bottle of wine from your balcony bathtub at Lau’s Getaway… Ahh…
Day 3 – Go on a Scuba Diving Excursion and Relax with an Island Massage
It would almost be a crime to travel to Niue and not go scuba diving! As Niue is made up of porous limestone with no lakes or rivers, rainwater filters through the island carving out amazing underwater caves, chasms and cathedrals. This also allows the visibility to reach as far as 80m, with 50m being the usual… Need we say more?
Scuba Diving in Niue
Niue has two PADI dive operators who will gear you up and take you out to some awe-inspiring dive sites. Enjoy vivid encounters with sea snakes, barracuda, turtles, painted crayfish, and countless arrays of tropical fish. See The Guide to Scuba Diving in Niue to help plan your dive in paradise. Extra tip: make sure you only scuba dive in the morning, to allow more than 12 hours before your flight the next day, as a safety precaution.
Swimming with humpback whales is also available with Niue’s dive operators between July and September.
Spa Treatments in Niue
After putting your body through its paces with scuba diving this morning, be sure to treat it to some pampering. Maulu Spa offers relaxing massages with coconut oil (or something else if you prefer) either at their clifftop massage bungalow or in the privacy of your accommodation. They also offer yoga sessions to rejuvenate the mind, body and soul. Alternatively, Tui Na Health Clinic offers relaxing evening massages.
Leaving already? You might have only had the tiniest taste of Niue, but you’ll still have time to enjoy a coffee or a fresh-fruit smoothie at one of Alofi’s cafes before checking in for your flight.
Check-in your baggage at Hanan Airport in the morning, then come back later when departure check-in opens. All is explained in Leaving Niue: The Niue Airport Departure Process, so you know what to expect.
If you have a rental car, return it at the airport by parking it up by the “Rental Cars Only” signs and leaving the keys in the car.
Then, relax in the departure lounge with one last drink in Niue at the Runway Bar, before taking your flight to Auckland.
More on Luxury Itineraries for Niue
That’s it for the Niue luxury 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.