The Driving Times from Alofi
The Driving Times from Alofi

The Driving Times from Alofi


How Long Does it Take to Drive from Alofi?

Alofi is the capital and the main town of Niue. Many visitors to the island choose to base themselves here where there’s easy access to restaurants, services, shopping and tours. On top of that, it doesn’t take too long to get anywhere on the island from Alofi thanks to its connecting roads along the west coast, as well as across the island to the east coast. In this guide, we go over the driving times from Alofi to help you plan your road trip.

For more information about Alofi, see The Complete Guide to Alofi.

What You Need to Know About the Driving Times in Niue

The driving times stated in the guide below take into account that your driving speed may be a little slower than it usually takes for you to cover the same distance. Some of the following reasons your driving speed will be affected in Niue include:

  • The speed limit in Niue is 40km/h within villages and 60km/h on the open road
  • The sealed road around the island has many potholes, especially on the east coast
  • There are other hazards on Niue’s roads to slow down for, such as chickens and dogs.

Needless to say, you’ll be driving at a slow speed in Niue and taking it easy, but that’s all part of the charm of a Niue road trip. For more driving tips, see the 10 Safety Tips for Driving in Niue. Plus, see a complete guide on How to Drive in Niue.

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Driving Times from Alofi to Niue’s Villages

Niue has 14 villages including Alofi. Many of which have their own attractions and accommodations for visitors. See what each village in Niue has to offer in our Understanding the Niue Villages.

Alofi to West Coast Villages: (Kilometres / Miles / Minutes)

Makefu – 6.5 km / 4 mi / 8 mins
Tuapa – 8.1 km / 5 mi / 12 mins
Namukulu – 10 km / 6.2 mi / 17 mins
Hikutavake – 12 km / 7.4 mi / 8 mins
Toi – 14.2 km / 8.8 mi / 20 mins
Avatele (via the top road) – 10 km / 6.2 mi / 15 mins
Tamakautoga (via the top road) – 8 km / 5 mi / 10 mins

Alofi to East Coast Villages:

Mutalau – 17.5 km / 10.9 mi / 26 mins
Lakepa (cross-island road) – 14.5 km / 9 mi / 20 mins
Liku (cross-island road) – 15 km / 9.3 mi / 30 mins
Vaiea (via top road) – 13.7 km / 8.5 mi / 20 mins
Hakupu (cross-island road) – 14.1 km / 8.9 mi / 31 mins

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Driving Times from Alofi to Niue’s Points of Interests

Niue’s attractions, such as sea tracks and tours, are scattered across the island. You may also find yourself wanting to drive to some of Niue’s services that are outside of Alofi, although you will find most inside Alofi. Check out these driving times to popular points of interest so you know how long and far it takes to get there.

Alofi to Niue’s Attractions:

Avaiki Cave – 6.5 km / 4 mi / 8 mins
Hio Beach and Cafe – 8.1 km / 5 mi / 12 mins
Limu Pools – 10 km / 6.2 mi / 17 mins
Matapa Chasm & Talava Arches – 12 km / 7.4 mi / 8 mins
Uluvehi Sea Track & A5 Tours – 17.5 km / 10.9 mi / 26 mins
Hikulagi Sculpture Park (cross-island road) – 17.3 km / 10.7 mi / 22 mins
Togo Chasm (cross-island road) – 16 km / 9.9 mi / 22 mins
Anapala Chasm & Ebony Tours (cross-island road) – 14.1 km / 8.9 mi / 31 mins
Avatele Beach, Taue Tours & Washaway Cafe (via top road) – 10 km / 6.2 mi / 15 mins
Scenic Matavai Resort (via top road) – 8.6 km / 5.3 mi / 13 mins

Alofi to Niue’s Services:

Hanan Airport – 3.5 km / 2.2 mi / 7 mins
Swanson Shopping Complex – 2.8 km / 1.7 mi / 5 mins
Niue Hospital (via Tapeu-Porritt Road) – 5.3 km / 3.2 mi / 9 mins

See more of Niue’s shops and services here.

More About Driving Times from Alofi

That’s it for our guide to the driving times from Alofi. For more driving tips, take a look at these handy guides:

Finally, if there’s anything we’ve missed, you’re likely to find it in How to Drive in Niue.


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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