The Driving Times in Niue You Need to Know
The Driving Times in Niue You Need to Know

The Driving Times in Niue You Need to Know


What are the Niue Driving Times?

You’ll never have to stay in the car for too long when road tripping in Niue! The island has 123km (76 miles) of paved roads, where most visitors prefer to stick to the 64km (40 miles) that circle the island where all the villages and main attractions are. Just to give you an idea of how little you will be driving between points of interest in Niue, we’ve put together this quick guide to the driving times in Niue you need to know.

For more advice on hitting the road in Niue, see our complete Guide to Car Hire in Niue. For cycling times and distances, see The Best Bike Trails in Niue.

4 Things You Need to Know About the Driving Times in Niue

The driving times stated in the brief guide below take into account some of the following reasons your driving speed will be affected in Niue:

  • It takes approximately 1h30mins to drive around the entire island on the coastal road
  • The speed limit in Niue is 40km/h within villages and 60km/h on the open road
  • The sealed road around the island is full of potholes, especially on the east coast, so slow down to keep control and to not damage your vehicle
  • There are other hazards on Niue’s roads to frequently slow down for, including chickens and dogs

Needless to say, you’ll be driving at a slow speed in Niue and taking it easy. Personally, that’s what we love about a road trip on “The Rock”! 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

Alofi is the capital of Niue and where you will find the most accommodation options on the island. For this reason, it’s a popular location to start from when exploring the island. Here are some approximate times and distances from Alofi to Niue’s main points of interest.

Alofi to: (Kilometres / Miles / Minutes)

Makefu – 6.5km / 4m / 8min
– 10km / 6.2m / 15min
Tamakautoga (via the top road) – 8km / 5m / 10min
Lakepa (cross-island road) – 14.5km / 9m / 20min
Liku (cross-island road) – 15km / 9.3m / 30min
Hanan Airport – 3.5km / 2.2m / 7min
Avatele (via the top road) – 10km / 6.2m / 15min

For more driving times from Alofi, see The Driving Times from Alofi.

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Driving Times for the Rest of Niue

The road running around the perimeter of Niue is 64km (40 miles) long taking about two hours to drive around completely at a slow pace. Distances between the villages dotted around this circular road are relatively short, so it doesn’t take long to travel to pretty much anywhere in Niue. For an idea of distances between points of interest around the island, here are a few driving times you need to know.

Driving Times from Namukulu

Namukulu to Makefu – 2.8km / 6.2m / 3min
Namukulu to Liku
– 20km / 12.4m / 25min
Namukulu to Alofi – 10km / 6.2m / 15min
Namukulu to Mutalau – 10.5km / 3.1m / 18min

Driving Times from Liku

Liku to the Togo Chasm – 6.5km / 4m / 10min
Liku to Alofi (cross-island road) – 15km / 9.3m / 30min
Liku to Lakepa – 5.5km / 3.1m / 7min
Liku to Hakupu – 10km / 6.2m / 15min

Driving Times from Avatele

Avatele to the Togo Chasm – 12km / 7.4m / 15min
Avatele to Tamakautoga – 2km / 1.2m / 5min
Avatele to Alofi (via the top road) – 10km / 6.2m / 15min
Avatele to Hakupu – 8km / 5m / 10min

Driving Times from Tamakautoga

Tamakautoga to Hanan Airport (via the top road) – 5.8km / 3.6 / 8min
Tamakautoga to Alofi (via the top road) – 8km / 5m / 10min
Tamakautoga to Avatele – 2.9km / 1.8m / 4min
Tamakautoga to Hakupu – 10.9km / 6.7m / 16min


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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