4-Day Luxury Itinerary for Niue
Admittedly, four days in Niue is the least amount of time you can spend on the island due to the limited flight schedule. But with so many amazing coastal attractions and Niue must-dos, four days is not nearly enough to enjoy the best that Niue has to offer. If four days are all you have then we’ll sure you make the most of your luxury getaway with this Niue luxury itinerary for four days.
For a more relaxing luxury getaway, check out our alternative itinerary toward the end of this article.
Note that some activities on this Niue luxury four-day itinerary are only available on certain days of the week. This itinerary is based on if you arrive in Niue on a Tuesday (local time), but move days around accordingly if you arrive on another day of the week. See flight schedules in Which Airlines Fly to Niue?
Overview: Niue Luxury 4-Day Itinerary
- Day 1 – Welcome to Niue
- Day 2 – Take an Orientation Tour and Spend the Day in Alofi
- Day 3 – Go on a Scuba Diving Excursion and Relax with an Island Massage
- Day 4 – Departure Day.
How to Get Around Niue in 4 Days
This Niue luxury itinerary for four days includes travel around a 261.5 km² (101 mi²) island. Here’s a quick rundown on how to get around Niue in four days.
Niue is an island to explore independently, due to the limited transport options available. To make the most of this four-day luxury itinerary for Niue, we strongly recommend hiring a car, which we give advice in What You Need to Hire a Car in Niue. Note that you will need a Niue Driver’s License, available from the Police Station nearby the airport.
Alternatively, there are airport transfers, bicycle hire and motorcycle hire on the island available, which will limit what you can do but provide another way of exploring. Learn more in the 11 Ways to Get to (& Around) Niue.
Day 1 – Welcome to Niue
Travel time: 5-10 minutes drive.
Fakaalofa lahi atu and welcome to Niue, your island paradise for the next four 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 Accommodations in Niue
- Lau’s Getaway
- Scenic Matavai Resort
- Scenic Matavai Apartments & Villa
- Namukulu Cottages
- Stone Villas
- Tuaga Lodge
- Lalopine Rockhouse
- Taloa Heights
For more information on each accommodation, see the 10 Best Luxury Accommodations in Niue.
Tonight (and every night while you’re here), be sure to treat yourself to the fabulous restaurants available on the island. Dine on sushi prepared by a Tokyo chef at Kaiika and enjoy impeccably presented plates at the Dolphin Restaurant of the Scenic Matavai Resort – just as a couple of recommendations. See The 20 Best Restaurants in Niue for more delectable choices.
Day 2 – Take an Orientation Tour and Spend the Day in Alofi
Travel time: 5-15 minutes drive.
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 local insight into Niue’s top attractions and hidden gems on an orientation tour. Join Explore Niue 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. Learn more about the tour in The Best Guided Tours in Niue.
Once you’ve become an expert on Niue, dine somewhere fabulous for lunch – see the 10 Best Cafes in Niue for suggestions. Take the time to browse some of the town’s gift shops and the Tahiono Art Gallery and Fale Tau Taoga Niue Museum, 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…
Start your day off with aromatic coffee and an indulgent locally-sourced brunch at Fana Cafe (Swanson Complex). Save some room for dinner to try some authentic Niuean dishes, from sweet takihi to lupe (pigeon) risotto, at the Manuiz (Alofi) island buffet. The bar serves well-priced drinks and your meal is enjoyed to the tunes of a local string band. Bookings are essential.
Day 3 – Go on a Scuba Diving Excursion and Relax with an Island Massage
Travel time: 10-20 minutes drive.
You can hardly be surrounded by some of the world’s clearest waters and not go scuba diving! Niue has PADI-accredited dive operators who will gear you up and take you out to some awe-inspiring dive sites.
Scuba Diving in Niue
As the island is made up of porous limestone with no lakes or rivers, rainwater filters through the island not only carving out amazing caves, chasms and cathedrals but allowing the visibility to reach as far as 80 m (262 ft)!
Wildlife you may encounter on your dive include painted crayfish, sea snakes, barracuda, countless tropical fish, turtles and more. Swimming with humpback whales is also available with Niue’s dive operators during the wintertime. See The Guide to Scuba Diving in Niue to help plan your dive.
Spa Treatments in Niue
After putting your body through its paces with scuba diving, now is a good time to treat your body to some R&R. One utterly indulgent way to do that is with a massage either in the privacy of your accommodation or at the cliff-top Maulu Spa (Tamakautoga). Lana will treat you to your choice of treatments, whether it’s a therapeutic massage with natural coconut oil (or something else if you prefer) or a tropical body scrub.
Alternatively, Vilina (Alofi) offers sumptuous facials that will leave you feeling radiant. Learn more about spa treatments in Niue with The Best Spas in Niue.
If you arrived on Tuesday, today is Thursday and happy hour at the Vaiolama Cafe (Alofi South) starts at 5 pm with DJ entertainment and irresistible grill-style cuisine. After you’ve wrapped up your meal, head across the road to Avi’s Ark (behind Kaiika) to try the island’s homebrewed craft beer, as well as get onto the karaoke if that’s what you’re into.
Timings change all the time in Niue, so be sure to pick up an entertainment schedule from the Visitor Information Centre when you arrive, as explained in our guide, Opening Hours in Niue: Odd Hours, Tide Times & Things to Know.
Day 4 – Departure Day
Travel time: 5-10 minutes drive.
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 in the car park and leaving the keys in the car. Yes, that’s how it’s done in Niue!
Then, it’s time to depart Niue for your flight to Auckland! One last tip, there is a cute bar in the departure lounge, Bo’s Bar by the Runway, which serves up a range of drinks and snacks.
Then it’s Nonofo ā mutolu kia to Niue!
Alternative Itinerary: Niue Relaxing Luxury 4-Day Itinerary
Below is an overview of a more relaxed luxury itinerary for Niue, giving you a balance of rest and adventure.
- Day 1 – Arrive in Niue, check-in at your luxury accommodation and ease the flight aches with a spa treatment or yoga session
- Day 2 – Join a scuba diving trip or swim with whales
- Day 3 – Find Niue’s quiet snorkelling/swimming spots, such as Matapa Chasm, Avaiki Cave and more
- Day 4 – Treat yourself to some Niuean souvenirs at the Airport Market, Kauhi Krafts and more before getting prepared for departure on a famous Niue plane day.
Alternative Niue 4-Day Itineraries
Is this four-day luxury itinerary for Niue not quite speaking to you? How about checking out our alternative itineraries for four days:
- Niue Child-Free Itinerary: 4 Days
- Niue Honeymoon & Romance Itinerary: 4 Days
- Niue Food Itinerary: 4 Days
- Niue Family Itinerary: 4 Days
- Niue Budget & Backpacking Itinerary: 4 Days
Finally, if there’s anything we’ve missed from this Niue luxury itinerary, you’re likely to find it in The Luxury Travel Guide to Niue.