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

Alofi to East Coast Villages:

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

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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:

Misa’s Nature Tour & Niue School – 1.5km / 0.9m / 2min
Avaiki Cave – 6.5km / 4m / 8min
Hio Beach and Cafe – 8.1km / 5m / 12min
Limu Pools – 10km / 6.2m / 17min
Matapa Chasm & Talava Arches – 12km / 7.4m / 8min
Uluvehi Sea Track & A5 Tours – 17.5km / 10.9m / 26min
Hikulagi Sculpture Park (cross-island road) – 17.3km / 10.7m / 22min
Togo Chasm (cross-island road) – 16km / 9.9m / 22min
Anapala Chasm & Ebony Tours (cross-island road) – 14.1km / 8.9m / 31min
Avatele Beach, Taue Tours & Washaway Cafe (via top road) – 10km / 6.2m / 15min
Scenic Matavai Resort (via top road) – 8.6km / 5.3m / 13min

Alofi to Niue’s Services:

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

See more of Niue’s shops and services here.


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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