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 seven days is for the active traveller who wants to explore, see and do as much as possible in one week. For a more relaxing holiday experience, however, scroll down to the end of the article which features our alternative seven-day luxury itinerary.
Note that due to flights only arriving/departing twice a week, you will have to spend eight days in Niue to include your departure day. This Niue luxury seven-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. See flight schedules in Which Airlines Fly to Niue?
Overview: Niue Luxury 1-Week (7-Day) Itinerary
- Day 1 – Land in Niue and Check-in at Your Resort or Villa
- Day 2 – Take an Orientation Tour and Explore the Capital
- Day 3 – Spend the Day Exploring the West Coast Sea Tracks
- Day 4 – Be Treated to a Scuba Diving Excursion
- Day 5 – Relax and Indulge in a Heavenly Massage
- Day 6 – Delve into the Forest on the Ebony Rainforest Tour
- Day 7 – Wake Up to an Exciting Fishing Charter
- Departure Day.
How to Get Around Niue in 7 Days
This Niue luxury itinerary for seven days (one week) includes travel around a 261.5 km² (101 mi²) island. Here’s a quick rundown on how to get around Niue in one week.
Niue is an island to explore independently, due to the limited transport options available. To make the most of this seven-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 – Land in Niue and Check-in at Your Resort or Villa
Travel time: 5-10 minutes drive.
Fakaalofa lahi atu and welcome to Niue! On arrival at Hanan International Airport, go through the airport customs and biosecurity process, as outlined 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. With the Police Station nearby, now would also be a good time to pick up a Niue Driver’s License.
When you are ready, check-in at your chosen accommodation. A few recommendations are as follows:
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 Explore the Capital
Travel time: 5-15 minutes drive.
Since Niue is going to be your home in paradise for the next week, it only makes sense to get fully acquainted with it. One of the best ways to do so is with an orientation tour. Join Explore Niue for a guided tour of the west coast, being pointed out all of the best attractions, learning about the history and culture of the island, and getting all the essential tips for making the most of your getaway in Niue. The tour is further explained in The Best Guided Tours in Niue.
Now that you are an expert on the west coast of Niue, spend the rest of the day getting to know Niue’s capital, Alofi. See where the useful services are, book tours and experiences at the Visitor Information Centre, and, of course, dine somewhere fabulous for lunch – see the 10 Best Cafes in Niue.
For lunch, make things simple with well-presented plates from the Dolphin Restaurant (Scenic Matavai Resort) or stop by the rustic cliff-top eatery of the Crazy Uga Cafe (Alofi). For dinner, head into town and enjoy some of the best pizzas on the island at the cosy Katuali Coffee House (Alofi).
Day 3 – Spend the Day Exploring the West Coast Sea Tracks
Travel time: 10-30 minutes drive.
If you arrived in Niue on a Friday, that means it’s Sunday again and the perfect time to visit the caves, snorkelling hotspots and chasms of the west coast.
Note that the attractions for snorkelling are tide-dependent, so change the order you visit them according to the tide. Learn more in Tide Times in Niue: Essential for Your Trip!
Avaiki and Palaha Caves
Just before low tide, find the Avaiki Cave Sea Track near the village of Makefu. The short track takes you down to a huge cathedral cave with a gorgeous pool at the base, ideal for snorkelling. Travel a little further north and you’ll also find the Palaha Cave, offering more magnificent viewings of grand limestone caves.
A calm 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. Alternatively, there is a small side pool with a coastal arch that is better snorkelled at low tide.
Suitable at all tides, the Matapa Chasm is a wide chasm harbouring an array of colourful tropical fish. Walk down a seven-minute rocky sea track through the forest to emerge at the chasm. The track starts from the grassy parking area in Hikutavake.
While you’re at the Matapa Chasm, don’t miss the trail for the Talava Arches located right next to it! The Talava Arches can be enjoyed at any tide but is best at low tide if you want to walk across the reef and under the arch. The sea track is a 30-minute walk through the forest (sturdy shoes required) and a series of limestone caves. You’ll emerge at a stunning view of the coastal archway where there’s a great opportunity to snorkel in the coral-lined channel below.
For lunch, you may want to make your way to Avatele Beach where the Washaway Cafe (Avatele) is open for one day a week! The restaurant works on an interesting “honesty bar” concept where you help yourself to drinks, write down your own food order and simply pay at the end. While not exactly “luxury”, it’s still quite the novelty!
Additionally, Crow’s Nest (Alofi Commercial Centre) is open for dinner, not only serving fresh fish and chips but a range of moist cakes and desserts. We even recommend saving some room and making it a dessert night!
Day 4 – Be Treated to a Scuba Diving Excursion
Travel time: 10-20 minutes drive.
You can’t be on an island with some of the world’s clearest waters and not go scuba diving! Niue has PADI-accredited operators who will gear you up and take you out to some magnificent dive sites.
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.
Start your day off with aromatic coffee and an indulgent locally-sourced brunch at Fana Cafe (Swanson Complex). For dinner, try something different on the eclectic menu of Kaiika (Scenic Matavai Resort) with cooked and fresh Japanese cuisine, as well as sumptuous sourdough pizzas. Book ahead!
Day 5 – Relax and Indulge in a Heavenly Massage
Travel time: 10-20 minutes drive.
After all of the swimming, walking and snorkelling, 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.
For the rest of the day, enjoy 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 lookouts of Breeze or Namukulu Cottages.
Delight in vanilla-infused coffee at the Vanilla Cafe (Alofi Commercial Centre) or try something else aromatic from their menu of Indian cuisine. Find them open for lunch and dinner!
Day 6 – Delve into the Forest on the Ebony Rainforest Tour
Travel time: 10-50 minutes drive.
Join a local guide and acclaimed ebony carver, Jack, as you delve into the Huvalu Forest on the Ebony Rainforest Tour.
The casual tour takes you deep into the Huvalu Forest Conservation Area where he’ll show you Niue’s amazing trees, vines and moss and teach you survival techniques for living in the Niue bush. Learn about traditional food and medicine gathering techniques, while Jack guides you through the different properties of the island’s trees including the rare ebony tree, locally known as kieto. You’ll also get to see a few caves that not many tourists get to see, while a real highlight and photo opportunity is exploring Niue’s magnificent banyan (ovava) trees.
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 7 – Wake Up to an Exciting Fishing Charter
Travel time: 5-15 minutes drive.
Nothing beats waking up early to catch the sunrise from a fishing charter and, hopefully, catch something else. Niue has a wide range of professional operators running safe and reliable charters with passionate experienced guides.
Head out with the latest fishing gear to target highly-sought game species, such as marlin, mahimahi, wahoo, sailfish, giant trevally and much more! Whether you’re a newbie or an experienced angler, Niue’s fishing charters will make sure you have the most enjoyable experience for your abilities.
Learn more about fishing in Niue with The Guide to Fishing in Niue.
If you arrived on a Friday, 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.
Travel time: 5-10 minutes drive.
Your time in paradise might be coming to an end, but you 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 bags in the morning and then coming back to the airport later, as explained in Leaving Niue: The Niue Airport Departure Process.
Return your rental car by parking it at the Hanan Airport car park and leaving the keys in the ignition. Yes, that’s how it is 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 1-Week (7-Day) Itinerary
Below is an overview of a more relaxed luxury itinerary for Niue. For ultimate convenience and the fact that you are near to everything in Niue, you will be staying in the same accommodation for the whole week. Note, there is an extra day added to this itinerary due to the irregular flight schedule.
- 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 – Do a guided orientation tour of the island
- Day 3 – Enjoy a resort/accommodation day
- Day 4 – Swim with whales and/or dolphins
- Day 5 – Join a scuba diving trip or try swimming with whales again if your first swim was unsuccessful
- Day 6 – Try your luck on a fishing charter
- Day 7 – Treat yourself to Niuean souvenirs at the Niue Market, Kauhi Krafts and more
- Departure Day – Get prepared for departure on an iconic Niue plane day.
Alternative Niue 1-Week Itineraries
Is this seven-day luxury itinerary for Niue not quite speaking to you? How about checking out our alternative itineraries for seven days/one week:
- Niue Child-Free Itinerary: 7 Days
- Niue Honeymoon & Romance Itinerary: 7 Days
- Niue Food Itinerary: 7 Days
- Niue Family Itinerary: 7 Days
- Niue Budget & Backpacking Itinerary: 7 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.