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Everything You Need to Know About Planning a Trip to Niue

There’s nowhere like Niue. The world’s largest uplifted coral atoll is a place of rugged coastal formations where exploring dramatic chasms, delving into limestone caves, and finding yourself alone on white coral beaches are all part of the adventure. Not to mention, snorkelling in vividly clear water makes you feel like you’ve been dipped into an aquarium. The locals are also eager to show you their way of life, from tours of living off the stunning island rainforests to opportunities to learn how to craft and weave. Plus, with boutique accommodations scattered across the island, it often feels like the “Rock of the Pacific” is just for you. And depending on who you are, there’s a holiday waiting, from family getaways to backpacking adventures to honeymoons.

We go through each type of travel experience, along with suggested activities and accommodations, in this complete travel guide to Niue.

An Intro to Niue

Location: Niue is an island in the South Pacific Ocean, between Tonga, Samoa and the Cook Islands. It is approximately 2,400 km (1,491 mi) northeast of New Zealand. Find out more in Where is Niue Located?

Size: Niue’s area is 261 km² (101 mi²).

Climate: Daily average temperature – 25°C/77°F, yearly average rainfall – 1,95 5mm/77 in.
Find out more in What is the Weather Like in Niue?

Time zone: UTC/GMT -11
Find out more in What is the Niue Time Zone?

Population: 1,500
Find out more in Who are the People of Niue?

Languages: Niuean and English
Find out more in What is the Niue Language?

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How to Get to Niue

What is the best way to get to Niue? Niue can be accessed by flight, cruise ship or private sailing yacht. The most popular way to get to Niue is by international flight, so let’s start with that.

Flying to Niue

Direct flights between Auckland, New Zealand and Niue happen on a limited weekly schedule, with Auckland Airport having hundreds of connecting flights. The flight between Auckland and Niue takes approximately 210 minutes (3 hrs 30 mins). An important thing to note is that New Zealand and Niue have a 24-hour time difference, so when you depart Auckland on a Tuesday morning, you arrive in Niue on a Monday afternoon, for example.

Flights arrive at Niue at Hanan International Airport, approximately a five-minute drive from Alofi. Find out more about the airport in Which Airport to Fly to in Niue. Note that the departure process for Hanan Airport is a little unusual in that you can’t go through airport security until at least an hour after you have checked in. See Leaving Niue: The Niue Airport Departure Process for more details.

Cruises to Niue

Niue is on the itinerary of a limited number of South Pacific cruises from New Zealand, Australia and the US. Due to the rocky nature of the island, cruise passengers can only disembark at Niue if the weather and the swell are safe enough. Often visits to Niue are cancelled in bad weather. Learn more about cruising to Niue in Which Cruises Visit Niue?

Sailing to Niue

Niue has a small number of moorings available, which are recommended to be booked prior to arrival to ensure a smooth clearance process. The Niue Yacht Club provides facilities. Learn more about sailing to Niue in The Guide to Sailing to Niue.

A Note on Customs Declarations

Niue has strict biosecurity measures at the border to stop unwanted pests and diseases from entering the country. Therefore, anyone arriving in Niue has to declare any “risk items” they have packed in their luggage – even common items like food and sports gear. Be sure to read up on Arriving in Niue: Airport Customs, Biosecurity & Arrival Process so you are prepared.

Check out our complete guide on How to Get to Niue for even more tips on making your way to the island.

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When to Visit Niue

Niue is a tropical island with warm temperatures experienced throughout the year. It has only two distinct seasons, the hot and humid wet season and the drier and cooler dry season. Learn more in What is the Weather Like in Niue?

Dry Season (May to October)

The dry season, also called winter, is a drier and cooler season with temperatures typically around 21-27°C (70-81°F). The average monthly rainfall is 90-160 mm (3.5-6.3 in). This season is also best for whale swimming, Village Show Days and fishing for particular species like wahoo and mahimahi.

Wet Season (November to April)

The wet season, also known as summer, is Niue’s most hot and humid season with temperatures typically 22-29°C (72-84°F). Rain tends to be more frequent than in the dry season with a monthly average of 156-300 mm (6.1-11.8 in) and there is a small risk of cyclones affecting the country. This season is best for fishing particular species like yellowfin tuna.

So when is the best time to travel to Niue? Check out our complete guide, The Best Time to Visit Niue, which dives deeper into the subject.

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What to Pack for Niue

The main thing you need to keep in mind when packing for Niue is to have a tropical wardrobe that includes some more modest items of clothing for exploring Niues’s villages. A packing list for Niue might look a little something like this:

  • 4 Singlets/T-Shirts
  • 2 Light blouses/shirts to cover the shoulders for church and sun protection
  • 2 Shorts/skirts which are not too short so you can enjoy wearing them at both your resort and when out exploring
  • 1 Light evening dress to impress at dinner
  • 1 Dress/skirt below the knee for church, spending time in villages, etc. We recommend light fabrics such as the sustainable bamboo dresses and skirts by Moso Morrow
  • 1 Sarong (paleu) will be your best friend for hitting the swimming holes and covering your swimwear in between. You can bring your own or there are plenty for sale once you arrive in Niue
  • 1 Light rain jacket/small umbrella (some accommodations like Scenic Matavai Resort and Taoke Fales have umbrellas to borrow)
  • 1 or 2 Light sleepwear if you’re against sleeping in your undies
  • 1 Light Cardigan/pashmina/poncho for cooler evenings
  • 1 Sports shorts/leggings for active activities
  • 1 Sports T-shirt/singlet for active activities
  • 1 Outfit to travel between Niue and home
  • 3 Bras including strapless, sports and comfort
  • 6 Underwear
  • 4 Socks
  • 1 Bikini
  • 1 One-piece for watersports
  • 2 Boardshorts for guys
  • Mask and snorkel
  • Rash vest
  • Sunhat
  • Sunglasses
  • Walking shoes/sneakers
  • Reef shoes/water shoes.

And that’s just the clothes! For a full packing list of everything to take, including accessories and toiletries, check out The Complete Packing List for Niue.

Health Products

Tap water is Ok to drink at certain accommodations on the island, but not everywhere. The island also experiences high UV levels and mosquitos, so packing products for your health is recommended. Natural sunscreens and mosquito repellents are advised to protect you and Niue’s fragile ecosystem. Instead of buying bottled water, use reusable purification bottles for obvious environmental reasons. See our health essentials packing list in What Medication to Pack in Your First Aid Kit for Niue, as well as tips for protecting the health of the environment in the 26 Ways to Travel More Sustainably in Niue.


The currency of Niue is the New Zealand Dollar. Cash is the most widely accepted payment method with many outlets also accepting MasterCard, Visa and New Zealand debit cards. There is no ATM on the island, but you can take money out at selected outlets. See What is the Best Way to Pay in Niue? for more information.

Travel Documents and Paperwork

To enter Niue, you need a passport that is valid for up to three months after your arrival date. A free Visitor Permit is granted upon entry if you are from a visa-waiver country. Otherwise, an Entry Permit is required. There may be other current entry requirements, which we keep up to date in What Documents Do I Need to Travel to Niue?

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How Long to Spend in Niue

Niue might make for an idyllic tropical getaway to simply relax for a few days  – and that’s fine; we all need to R&R from time to time. Most travellers, however, are here to explore one of the most unique islands in the South Pacific along with its natural attractions and marine experiences. With that in mind, our travel guide to Niue can show you what you can achieve in certain timeframes…

4 Days in Niue

The shortest time period between Niue’s two flights a week, four days gives you time to do some sightseeing on both coasts of the island, as well as one tour. See The Best Niue Itineraries for 4 Days for suggestions.

5 Days in Niue

For five days, you can explore both coasts of the island in detail, as well as fit in one or two tours. See The Best Niue Itineraries for 5 Days for ideas.

7 Days / 1 Week in Niue

One week in Niue gives you time to visit all of the major highlights along the coast, as well as do some of your bucket list activities. See The Best Niue Itineraries for 1 Week for recommended trip ideas.

14 Days / 2 Weeks in Niue

This amount of time in Niue allows you to enjoy all of Niue’s coastal attractions, fit in the activities and tours you’ve dreamed of, as well as time to relax. See The Best Niue Itineraries for 2 Weeks for itinerary suggestions.

How Long Can You Stay in Niue?

Visitors to Niue can stay up to one month (30 days)! Visitor extensions are available, however, which you can learn more about in our guide, How Long Can You Stay in Niue on a Visitor Visa?

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How to Get Around Niue

Niue might be a small island that should be easy to explore but there are limited transport options. While hiring a car or an e-bike is recommended to make the most of the island, we’ll still give you all of your transport options in this Niue travel guide.

Car Rental

Multiple car hire companies are available on the island, offering vehicle drop-off at the airport, your accommodation, as well as pick-up from their depots. Car rental is by far the most convenient and flexible way to get around the island. See What You Need to Hire a Car in Niue for more information.

Airport Transfers

Some accommodations on the island offer airport transfers free of charge at the beginning and end of your trip. Find out more about transfers in How to Get an Airport Transfer in Niue.

Bicycle and E-Bike Rental

Some rental companies hire bicycles and e-bikes to explore part of the island and bike trails. Note that the island is generally too big to enjoy cycling around – see The Cycling Times & Distances in Niue. Find out more in The Guide to Cycling & Mountain Biking in Niue.

Motorcycle Rental

Motorcycle rental is limited in Niue, perhaps due to the rough ride with the roads’ potholes. Nevertheless, get wised up to the ways of the motorcycle in The Guide to Renting a Motorcycle in Niue.

For more ways to get around, as well as more transport advice, head over to another part of our travel guide to Niue, our Niue Transport Guide: 11 Ways to Get Around Niue.

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Where to Stay: Accommodation in Niue

Niue keeps its accommodation options small and intimate. There is only one resort on the island, while the rest of Niue’s accommodations come in the form of boutique cottage complexes, holiday homes and guesthouses. We go through all of Niue’s accommodation options in The 30 Best Accommodations in Niue. In terms of accommodation locations, take a look at Where to Stay in Niue: The Best Locations & Accommodations.

The Resort

By far Niue’s largest accommodation, the Scenic Matavai Resort is a four-star resort with a pool, restaurant and evening entertainment. The main resort has international hotel-standard rooms, while the Scenic Matavai Villas & Apartments offer self-catering facilities and its own pool. Note that the villas and apartments are approximately a kilometre away from the main resort. Find out more about the resort in the 10 Best Hotels & Resorts in Niue.

Cottage Complexes

Accommodations like Namukulu Cottages, Taloa Heights and Breeze offer a handful of self-contained cottages surrounding communal facilities, such as a swimming pool or whale lookout. Check out our descriptions of Niue’s cottage complexes in How to Pick the Best Boutique Accommodation in Niue, as well as the 10 Best Boutique Accommodations in Niue and the 10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Niue.


An affordable accommodation option in Niue, guesthouses are typically one large home renovated into a B&B-style accommodation. Expect private guest rooms, some with ensuites, as well as shared facilities, such as a kitchen, lounge and bathroom. See what else to expect in How to Pick the Right Guesthouse in Niue for You and check out our top picks in the 10 Best Guesthouses in Niue.

Holiday Homes

Niue has plenty of holiday homes allowing you to experience your own quiet corner of the island. Holiday homes range from one bedroom to four/five bedrooms so there’s a private place to stay for most group sizes. Find out more in How to Pick the Best Holiday Home in Niue for You, while the top options are listed in the 10 Best Holiday Homes in Niue.

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Things to Do in Niue

The main drawcards of Niue are the dramatic coastal features of the world’s largest raised coral atoll, as well as marine activities like snorkelling and scuba diving among some of the world’s clearest waters. But there’s oh-so-much more to Niue, which you’ll only start to grasp after reading our 101 Things to Do in Niue: The Ultimate List or, you know, after visiting yourself.

A quick overview of the things to do in Niue includes:

  • Snorkelling – There’s fantastic snorkelling from many points from shore or join a snorkelling boat tour to an outer reef
  • Scuba diving – Explore a tropical underwater world with unbelievably clear water and dive into the island’s many hidden caves
  • Whale swimming/watching – Whales migrate to mere metres away from Niue’s shores between July and September
  • Dolphin swimming/watching – See Niue’s resident pods of spinner dolphins all year round
  • Sea tracks – These are short walks to Niue’s most spectacular coastal attractions, from arches to chasms
  • Bike trails – There are five official bike trails through bush, villages and the coast
  • Fishing – One of the most abundant tours in Niue, fishing charters offer the opportunity to reel in Pacific game species
  • Nature and culture tours – Experience Niuean traditions through engaging guided tours with locals
  • Events – Niue has a lively events calendar with village show days, Takai (New Year) and more.

Again, you’ll find much more inspiration from our 101 Things to Do in Niue: The Ultimate List so get on there!

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Food in Niue

Food is an integral part of the Niuean culture. Not only does the island present a wide range of eateries, but supermarkets are well stocked with supplies for a self-catering holiday. Everything you need to know about food in Niue can be found in The Food Guide to Niue: Places to Eat & Food Tours.

Restaurants and Cafes

Niue has a small but varied range of restaurants, bars and cafes with international influences including Japanese, Indian, Chinese, American, New Zealand and more. Due to limited seating at most restaurants, it’s recommended to book a table, especially in the high season. See all of the restaurants on the island in the 20 Best Restaurants in Niue.


Self-catering facilities are available at almost all of Niue’s accommodations where visitors can buy groceries from the large supermarket, Swansons Supermarket, as well as from smaller grocery stores in Alofi. See The Guide to Food Shopping in Niue for more advice.

Special Diets

With tropical vegetables and coconut cream being staple ingredients in Niue, vegans and gluten-intolerant diners are usually easy to cater for at the Niue Market and Niuean buffets but you will struggle to find “creative” options on most menus. Self-catering is advised for most travellers with special diets or providing restaurants with your own staple ingredients is another option. Check out Niue for Vegans & Vegetarians + The Best Restaurants, as well as The Gluten-Free Guide to Niue for more advice.

What Food to Try

And what are the foods worth trying in Niue? With homegrown food products, from aromatic organic Niue vanilla to honey produced from some of the world’s cleanest bees, and traditional dishes, such as uga and takihi, trying the local staples is one of the best things about visiting Niue. Niuean food is best sampled at arranged umu/Niuean buffet nights, as well as occasionally at the Niue Market and Village Show Days. Find out more about what local dishes to try in the 810 Unique Foods in Niue You Have to Try.

Food and Water Safety

Tourist accommodations in Niue typically have access to safe drinking water, whether it’s tap water with a UV-filtration system or bottled water in your fridge. See Is the Water Safe to Drink in Niue? for more advice. Food in Niue is generally cooked to safe hygiene standards, but check out Niue Safety Tips for precautions to take.

We go into much more detail on where to eat, what to eat, self-catering and food tours in The Guide to Food in Niue.

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Typical Costs and Budget for a Trip to Niue

We all travel very differently. Therefore, making a precise budget for everyone travelling to Niue is, quite frankly, an impossible task. Nevertheless, you can work out your own needs, thus budget, by simply looking at the typical prices listed below or in our article, Niue Travel Budget: How Much Does a Trip to Niue Cost?

The Cost of Accommodation

The Cost of Food

  • Main breakfast meal – NZ$9-$28
  • Main lunch meal – NZ$10-$28
  • Main dinner meal – NZ$20-$43
  • Niuean buffet – NZ$65-$80/adult, NZ$30-$45/12-15 child, NZ$20-$45/3-6 child
  • Small coffee – NZ$4.50-$5
  • Can of beer – NZ$4-$6
  • Bottle of beer – NZ$8-$10
  • Glass of wine – NZ$7-$12
  • Bottle of wine – NZ$25-$46
  • Cocktail – NZ$14-$18
  • Smoothie – NZ$10
  • Soft drink – NZ$4-$6
  • Drinking coconut – NZ$4-$7

Grocery prices for self-catering can be found in What is the Cost of Food in Niue?

The Cost of Tours and Activities

And there are plenty of activities to do for free, as listed in the 10 Free & Cheap Things to Do in Niue.

The Cost of Transport

And again, check out another aspect of our travel guide to Niue, Niue Travel Budget: How Much Does a Trip to Niue Cost? for more budget tips and costs.

Spending Money for Niue

Here are a few averages for a daily budget for Niue. These include food, activities, transport and miscellaneous expenses. Each price is per person per day:

  • Budget daily budget: NZ$165
  • Mid-range daily budget: NZ$295
  • Luxury daily budget: NZ$430+

We break down the budgets further in How Much Spending Money Do You Need for Niue?

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Budget Holidays in Niue

Niue is an effortlessly affordable Pacific destination. The top attractions on the islands, such as magnificent coastal arches, chasms and snorkelling spots are free to visit, while immersing in the local culture is simply part of your everyday. Budget accommodation options are available, such as guesthouses where you’ll find yourself being part of the family, while self-catering is almost always an option. Get tips for a budget trip in The Budget & Backpacking Guide to Niue.

Free Things to Do in Niue

For a complete list and details on each experience, see the 10 Free & Cheap Things To Do in Niue.

Cheap Accommodations in Niue

Niue’s main type of budget accommodation is guesthouses. These backpacker-meets-B&B accommodations have guests staying in private rooms of renovated family homes with communal bathrooms and kitchen and lounge facilities. Alternatively, there are a few affordable holiday homes available in Niue. Check out your options in the 10 Best Budget Accommodations in Niue.

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Luxury Holidays in Niue

Niue doesn’t pretend to be anything that it’s not. It’s not your “glitz and glam” Pacific destination with five-star resorts. That’s not to say that there’s no luxury to be found in Niue. There are certainly premium choices when it comes to accommodation, especially in terms of being in unique locations. As for activities, scuba and snorkelling in some of the world’s clearest waters and enjoying hotspots all to yourself is just part of what Niue can offer. Learn more in The Luxury Travel Guide to Niue.

Luxury Activities in Niue

For more details on each experience, see the 10 Best Luxury Experiences in Niue.

Luxury Stays in Niue

Niue’s premium accommodations come in the form of villas perched on clifftops with amazing views, four-star resorts with everything you need, private holiday homes and more. Compare some of Niue’s most lavish offerings in the 10 Best Luxury Accommodations in Niue.

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Weddings, Honeymoons and Romantic Getaways to Niue

Whether you’re looking for a unique honeymoon destination or even looking to tie the knot in paradise, Niue presents an alternative yet utterly romantic destination in the South Pacific. Find yourselves in secluded snorkelling spots and beaches, learn a new skill together in scuba diving, or even see how you would fare in the wild on a guided nature tour. We go through it all in The Honeymoon & Romantic Getaway Guide to Niue.

Things to Do in Niue for Couples

For more details on each experience, see the 10 Most Romantic Things to Do in Niue.

Accommodations in Niue for Couples

From cottages nestled in tropical forest to a modern resort, there’s quite a range when it comes to couples’ accommodation. Check out stays to suit a range of styles, budgets and tastes in the 10 Most Romantic Honeymoon Accommodations in Niue.

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Family Holidays in Niue

Looking for something a little different for your family getaway? Niue is like nowhere else, offering families a fun and educational experience on the world’s largest raised coral atoll! Wildlife and nature are the key aspects of a Niuean holiday, where families can find safe snorkelling spots, see stunning coastal formations and enjoy some downtime, whether it’s at the local mini-golf course or by the pool. Plan your family holiday with The Travel Guide to Niue for Families.

Things to Do in Niue with Kids

For more details on these activities, take a look at the 20 Things To Do in Niue with Kids.

Family Accommodations in Niue

Niue provides families with the home-away-from-home experience, with most accommodations providing all of the essentials in a holiday home. Nevertheless, if you’re looking to treat yourselves, there are resort-style accommodations to indulge in. See 10 Best Family Accommodations in Niue for more information.

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Foodie Holidays in Niue

At first glance, Niue seems to be all about the landscapes and the underwater world. What surprises many visitors is how much of a foodie destination Niue is! From morning markets with many intriguing foods to hands-on plantation tours, there are many unique ways to get your foodie fix in Niue. Not to mention, the restaurants here will take your tastebuds on a trip across the world, but only using the freshest Pacific ingredients, from Japan to Europe. Start planning your foodie trip with The Food Guide to Niue: Places to Eat & Food Tours.

Food-Related Activities in Niue

For more details on each activity, check out the 10 Best Foodie Experiences in Niue.

Foodie Accommodations in Niue

There’s only one accommodation with an on-site restaurant in Niue. Foodies coming to the island will need to either stay in self-catering accommodation or stay close to the island’s restaurants to get their foodie fix. See How to Pick the Right Foodie Accommodation in Niue for some of your best options.

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Adults-Only Holidays in Niue

The “adults-only” getaway is fast becoming a top trend in South Pacific travel: a holiday where you can enjoy your island getaway undisturbed. However, with so few tourists, Niue isn’t an island that exactly needs adults-only resorts and activities. You often find yourself at top attractions alone! Nevertheless, if you want to ensure your getaway has the right tone, there are limited but fantastic options when it comes to adults-only accommodations, as well as a few adventure and relaxation experiences aimed at adults. Plan your getaway with The Adults-Only (Child-Free) Travel Guide to Niue.

Things to Do in Niue for Adults

For more details on each experience, see the 10 Child-Free Activities in Niue.

Adults-Only Accommodations in Niue

Niue’s adults-only accommodations consist of Lau’s Getaway (18 years+) and Petite Hatava (12 years+). A good alternative to adults-only accommodation would be one of Niue’s holiday homes, usually in a quiet location (except for the chickens) and with the people you choose. See the 10 Best Holiday Homes in Niue for recommendations.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Niue

And what are the most common questions travellers have about Niue? This wouldn’t be the best travel guide to Niue if we did tell you!

Can I Travel to Niue Now?

Yes, you can travel to Niue now as the borders are fully open to travellers who can meet the entry requirements. See Which Airlines Fly to Niue? for the current flight schedule to Niue.

Is Niue Worth Visiting?

Absolutely! Niue is one of the smallest countries in the world yet the world’s largest raised coral atoll, so its uniqueness makes Niue well worth visiting. Check out more reasons in the 10 Amazing Reasons to Visit Niue.

What is Niue Famous For?

As mentioned, Niue is famous for being one of the world’s smallest nations, as well as the world’s largest raised coral atolls. It is also one of the few places where you can legally swim with humpback whales. Check out some famous places in Niue in the 10 Most Famous Places in Niue.

Is Niue Safe?

Niue is as safe as it gets with almost non-existent crime, very few viruses, and no deadly animals. The biggest danger in Niue concerns basic ocean safety, but you can read up more on how to keep yourself safe in our guide, How to Stay Safe in Niue.

Is Niue a Part of New Zealand?

Niue is a self-governing state in free association with New Zealand. To find out what that means exactly, check out Who Owns Niue? The Political Status of Niue.

Get More Essential Tips from the Largest Travel Guide to Niue

That’s it from our complete travel guide to Niue. There’s much more where that came from; perhaps from the 31 Tips for Travelling in Niue. We hope you enjoy your trip to one of our favourite places in the world.

– Happy travels!


Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of Niue Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in the South Pacific over 10 years ago with nothing but a backpack and a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to explore a paradise such as Niue. She knows the island inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience Niue’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides.

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