The Complete Guide to Niue
The Complete Guide to Niue

The Complete Travel Guide to Niue


A Niue Travel Guide

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 is all part of the adventure. Not to mention, the snorkelling and scuba diving 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 accommodation 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.

Fast Facts About Niue

Location: An island in the South Pacific Ocean, in between Tonga, Samoa and the Cook Islands. It is approximately 2,400km (1,491 miles) northeast of New Zealand.

Population: 1,600

Climate: Daily average temperature – 25°C/77°F, yearly average rainfall – 1,955mm/77″
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?

How to get to Niue: Flights arrive twice weekly at Hanan Airport with Air New Zealand from Auckland. Getting around the island relies on car and bicycle rental, airport transfers and the island’s one taxi. See 8 Ways to Get to Niue (& Get Around Niue) for more information on transport.

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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 simply part of your everyday. Budget accommodation options are available, such as guest houses 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 Guide to Niue on a Budget.

Free Things to Do in Niue

  • Walk, snorkel and swim from Niue’s sea tracks
  • Discover Niue’s historical sites
  • Watch or try out some handicrafts
  • Hit the island bike trails
  • Watch whales and dolphins from the lookouts

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

Where to Stay in Niue on a Budget

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

Luxury Activities in Niue

  • Get acquainted with the island on an orientation tour
  • Experience a close whale or dolphin encounter
  • Browse gorgeous ebony carvings and take a tour to see how they are made
  • Shop for unique art and souvenirs
  • Play golf on Niue’s very own golf course

For more details on each experience, see the 10 Luxury Activities on Niue.

Where to Stay in Niue

Niue’s premium accommodation comes 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 Accommodation in Niue.

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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 Foodie Guide to Niue.

Food-Related Activities in Niue

  • Learn how to bait and hunt uga
  • Take part in a Niuean plantation tour
  • Browse the Niue Market
  • Pick up Niuean honey made from the world’s cleanest bees
  • Sample Niuean food at an umu night

For more details on each activity, learn more in the 10 Things to Do in Niue for Foodies.

Where to Stay 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 the 10 Best Accommodation in Niue for Foodies for some of your best options.

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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 Guide to Niue for Families.

Things to Do in Niue with Kids

  • Have a swim at the Limu Pools
  • Explore caves and snorkel with fish at the Talava Arches
  • Learn how to survive in the wild on Misa’s Nature Tour
  • Play some clifftop mini golf
  • Get in some pool time

For more details on these activities, take a look at the 10 Things To Do in Niue with Kids.

Where to Stay in Niue with Kids

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 Accommodation in Niue for more information.

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Adult-Only Holidays in Niue

The “adult-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 adult-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 adult-only accommodation, as well as few adventure and relaxation experiences aimed at adults. Plan your getaway with The Adult-Only Guide to Niue.

Things to Do in Niue for Adults

  • Sip cocktails at one of the Niue bars
  • Head out on an exciting scuba diving excursion
  • Unwind with a heavenly massage
  • Play a round of golf
  • Tackle game fish on a fishing charter

For more details on each experience, see the 7 Adult-Only Activities in Niue.

Where to Stay in Niue

Niue’s adult-only accommodation consists of three properties, Lau’s Getaway (18 years+), Petite Hatava (12 years+), and The Restoration Reef (not suitable for children). A good alternative to adult-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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Weddings and Honeymoons in Niue

Whether you’re looking for a honeymoon at a destination as unique as the couple you are 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 Wedding & Honeymoon Guide to Niue.

Things to Do in Niue for Couples

  • Find yourselves a secluded snorkelling spot
  • See how you would fare being marooned together on an island with a nature tour
  • Stargaze in some of the darkest skies
  • Explore the coast together by kayak
  • Impress each other with a huge catch on a fishing charter

For more details on each experience, see the 10 Romantic Activities in Niue for Couples.

Where to Stay in Niue

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


Laura S.

This article was written and updated 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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