7-Day Luxury Itinerary for Niue
One week is just enough time to explore all of Niue’s stunning coastal attractions, do most of Niue’s must-dos and, of course, have some R&R time. This Niue luxury itinerary for 7 days is for the active luxury traveller who wants to explore, see and do as much as possible in one week. For a more relaxing holiday experience, however, see How to Spend 7 Days on a Luxury Niue Vacation.
Note that due to flights only arriving/departing from Niue on a Monday and a Friday, you will have to actually spend eight days in Niue to include your departure day. This Niue luxury 7-day itinerary is based on if you arrive in Niue on a Friday (local time), where some day-specific activities are mentioned, but be sure to move days around accordingly should you arrive on another day of the week.
Before we get into our 7-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 7 Days
Niue has very limited public transport – one taxi and some accommodations and tour operators providing transport. While it’s possible to do most of this 7-day luxury itinerary for Niue without a car, you will certainly need one for Day 7. For the sake of ease for your entire holiday, you might want to hire a car for the duration of your stay. Get advice on the matter in The Guide to Car Hire in Niue. Note that you will need a Niue Driver’s License from the Alofi Police Station.
To explore more of your transport options, see the 8 Ways to Get to Niue (& Get Around Niue).
Day 1 – Land in Niue and Check-in at Your Resort or Villa
Fakaalofa lahi atu and welcome to the island of Niue!
On arrival at Hanan Airport, you’ll go through the airport customs and biosecurity process, 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.
Check-in at your chosen accommodation, where a few recommendations are as follows:
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
For more details on each, see the 10 Best Luxury Accommodation in Niue.
Dining in Niue
Tonight, and every night during your visit for that matter, be sure to treat yourself to the delectable meals at Niue’s restaurants. Dine on sushi prepared by a Tokyo chef at Kaiika, indulge in fabulously presented plates at the Matavai Resort and dive into impeccably presented plates at the Dolphin Restaurant of the Scenic Matavai Resort – just to name a few. See The 10 Best Restaurants in Niue for more irresistible options.
Day 2 – Take an Orientation Tour and Explore the Capital
Get more of an insight into the culture, history and hotspots than the average tourist with an orientation tour on your first full day. Join either Explore Niue or Niue Orientation Tours for a guided tour of the west coast where you’ll be pointed out all of the best attractions and the best times to visit and get essential 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, spend the rest of the day getting to know the capital, Alofi. See where the useful services are, pick up your Niue Driver’s License, get more inspiration for your stay at the Visitor Information Centre, and, of course, dine somewhere fabulous for lunch – see the 6 Best Cafes in Niue for suggestions.
But if you need more ideas of what to see and do in Alofi, see The Luxury Guide to Alofi.
Day 3 – Spend the Day Exploring the West Coast Sea Tracks
If you arrived in Niue on a Friday, that means today is a Sunday, when Niue observes a day of rest. Tours will not be running, so now is a good time to hire a car (which is best to do the day before as businesses close on a Sunday) and explore some of Niue’s amazing coastline.
Some of Niue’s best snorkelling spots can be found along the west coast of the island, where you’ll need to choose which snorkelling spots you visit depending on the tide. Here are a few of the highlights…
Avaiki and Palaha Caves
Just before low tide, take the Avaiki Cave Sea Track, near the village of Makefu, down to a grand cathedral cave with a snorkelling pool. Travel a little further north and you’ll also find the Palaha Cave, offering more magnificent viewings of a limestone cave.
A turquoise oasis for swimming and snorkelling awaits at the Limu Pools near the village of Namukulu. Follow a well-formed sea track down to the main pools that are best enjoyed at half to full incoming tide.
Suitable at all tides, the Matapa Chasm is a wide chasm harbouring an array of colourful tropical fish. The chasm is accessible on a seven-minute rocky sea track through the forest, starting from Hikutavake.
While you’re at the Matapa Chasm, don’t miss the trail for the Talava Arches, a longer walk to an incredible view of Niue’s large limestone arches. While the Talava Arches can be enjoyed at any tide, low tide is best if you want to walk across the reef and under the arch. Take your snorkelling gear here too, as there is a good channel for snorkelling just below the viewpoint.
While exploring this northwest side of the, stop by the Hio Cafe & Bar for some drinks, lunch or dinner, accompanied by fabulous views of Hio Beach and the Pacific Ocean.
Day 4 – Be Treated to a Scuba Diving Excursion
You can’t visit the island with some of the world’s clearest waters and not go scuba diving! Niue has two PADI operators who will gear you up and take you out to some magnificent dive sites with experienced guides.
As Niue is made up of porous limestone with no lakes or rivers, rainwater filters through the island not only carving out amazing underwater caves, chasms and cathedrals to explore but allowing the visibility to reach as much as 80m. That said, 50m is the average.
Wildlife you may encounter on your dive include sea snakes, schools of barracuda, turtles, painted crayfish, and, of course, countless arrays of colourful tropical fish. Swimming with humpback whales is also available with Niue’s dive operators between July and September.
See The Guide to Scuba Diving in Niue to help plan your dive in paradise.
Day 5 – Relax and Indulge in a Heavenly Massage
After putting your body through the strains of scuba diving yesterday, now is a good time to treat it to some R&R. Either indulge in a massage in the privacy of your accommodation or at the clifftop Maulu Spa. Alana will treat you to your choice of spa treatment, whether it’s a soothing massage with natural coconut oil (or something else if you prefer) or a body scrub. Yoga sessions are also available to rejuvenate the mind, body and soul. Alternatively, Tui Na Health Clinic offers relaxing evening massages.
The rest of the day can be spent indulging in the perks of your chosen accommodation, whether it’s sipping cocktails by the pool at the Scenic Matavai Resort, drinking your complimentary bottle of wine from your balcony bathtub at Lau’s Getaway, or watching dolphins and whales from the lookout of Namukulu Cottages.
Day 6 – The Ebony Rainforest Tour
Either drive or be picked up from the Scenic Matavai Resort and the Tourist Information Centre in Alofi for a unique Ebony Rainforest Tour in Hakupu.
Not only will you browse the impressive pieces of ebony-carved pendants and artwork at the Ebony Carving Studio in Hakupu, but local artist, Jack Feleti, will show you the behind-the-scenes of his work and the Niuean way of life on his Ebony Rainforest Tour.
Experience the ancient Polynesian rainforest, learning about traditional food and medicine-gathering techniques, seeing spectacular limestone caves, and hearing stories of the island’s past. Jack will show you where he sources rare ebony, before giving a tour of his workshop where he brings his unique designs to life.
Day 7 – Wake up to an Exciting Fishing Charter
While the rest of Niue sleeps, join the local fishermen for an early morning on the boat. Reel in the big ones, such as marlin, mahimahi, wahoo, sailfish, giant trevally and much more, to the stunning sunrise across the Pacific Ocean.
Niue has a wide range of professional operators running reliable charters with passionate and experienced guides. Whether you’re a newbie or an experienced angler, they’ll show you the ropes with the latest in fishing gear and the ideal bait for landing some of the South Pacific’s most highly-sought game fish.
Start planning your Niuean fishing trip with The Guide to Fishing in Niue.
Day 8 – Departure Day
Your extra day in Niue is departure day, where 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.
We recommend checking in your baggage in the morning when the baggage check-in opens at 9am, then coming back to the airport later when departure check-in is ready. All is explained in Leaving Niue: The Niue Airport Departure Process.
If you still have your rental car, return it by parking it up by the “Rental Cars Only” signs at Hanan Airport and leaving the keys in the car.
Then, it’s time to depart Niue, not without one last drink at the Runway Bar, in the departure lounge.
More on Niue Luxury Itineraries and Trip Ideas
That’s it for the Niue luxury itinerary: 7 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.