Travel Advice: Car Rentals in Niue
As rental cars are just about the only way to get around “The Rock”, this guide to car hire in Niue is an essential guide for most travellers. Hiring a car is the best way to get between Niue’s stunning sea tracks and snorkelling spots. Find out everything you need to know about Niue car hire in the guide below.
The Niue Driver’s License
First things first, you need to know about the Niue Driver’s License. Visitors to Niue must obtain a Niue Driver’s License from the Police Station in Alofi in order to legally drive in Niue. It costs around NZ$22.50.
You can drive on your overseas driving license when you first arrive in Niue, but you will need to get a Niue Driver’s License as soon as you can. Learn more about the process in How to Get a Niue Driver’s License.
Where to Hire a Car in Niue
For a small country, Niue has a lot of options when it comes to car rentals. Not only are there six car rental companies, but some accommodations offer car rental to guests.
Car rental companies make picking up your vehicle easy by offering complimentary delivery to Hanan Airport, as well as any other accommodation on the island.
Car Rental Companies in Niue
The car rental companies in Niue include:
- Niue Rentals
- Alofi Rentals
- Tropicana Rentals
- Ilena’s Rentals
- Heahea Rentals
- 4×4 Rentals
Find out more about our top picks in The Best Car Rentals in Niue.
Accommodation Offering Car Rental
A car is offered to hire for guests of the following accommodations:
- NIC’s Bungalows (included in the nightly rate)
- Aliutu Guesthouse (additional daily rate)
- Stone Villas (included in nightly rate)
- Aleki Guesthouse (included in the nightly rate)
Learn more about these accommodations in the 5 Accommodations in Niue with Car Rental.
The Vehicles You Can Hire in Niue
A wide range of vehicle types can be hired in Niue, from small budget cars to minibuses to motorcycles. Car rental companies in Niue are known for well-maintaining vehicles where even the oldest vehicles tend to be reliable. If not, roadside assistance is typically included in the rental rate.
Vehicles Available to Hire in Niue
- Small cars, such as Mazda Demio, Toyota Passo, Toyota IST or similar
- Medium cars, such as Toyota OPA, Toyota Wish or similar
- Station wagons, such as Nissan Wingroad, Mazda MPV or similar
- Family 4WDs, such as Toyota RAV4, Mitsi Pajero or similar
- People-movers, such as Toyota VOXY or similar
- Minibuses, such as Nissan Caravan, Toyota Hiace or similar
- Trucks, such as Nissan Atlas or similar
- Motorcycles, such as GN125 or similar, see The Guide to Renting a Motorbike in Niue
- Mountain bikes, see The Guide to Mountain Biking in Niue.
The Cost of Car Rentals in Niue
Car rentals in Niue can be very affordable. Each rental vehicle in Niue has a day rate, as well as other associated costs. However, usual inclusions are roadside assistance, drop-off and pick-up anywhere, standard insurance, child/baby seat and unlimited kilometres.
Day Rates for Car Rentals in Niue
- Small car/day – NZ$40-$55
- Premium car/day – NZ$60-$100
- Van/day – NZ$60-$200
- Motorcycle/day – NZ$40
Additional Costs of Renting a Car in Niue
- Niue Driver’s License – NZ$22.50
- Waiver deduction insurance/day – NZ$10-$25
- Fuel/litre – NZ$2.60+
- Additional drivers – NZ$0-$10
Get more details on the price of car rental in How Much Does it Cost to Rent a Car in Niue?
Other Things to Know About Car Rental in Niue
Just a few more things to know about hiring a vehicle in Niue are as follows:
- You need to be at least 21 years old to hire a car in Niue
- You can only hire what your driving license is classed for. For instance, you cannot hire a motorcycle without a motorcycle license
- Car rental companies require credit card details as security (Visa or MasterCard)
- Rental cars must be returned with a full tank of fuel or else you will be charged
- There is one fuel station in Niue
- Many car rental companies in Niue charge for only six days if you rent for seven.
Check out more tips in the 10 Tips for Renting a Car in Niue.
Hitting the Road
The fun begins when you put your keys in the ignition. However, be aware that Niue’s roads will have different rules than what you are used to. Make sure that you are aware of the traffic laws to keep yourself safe, as well as not have to pay for damages to your car rental.
Important Road Rules to Remember
- Drive on the left side of the road
- The speed limit is 40km/h in villages
- The speed limit is 60km/h on the open road
- Slow down behind cyclists and only pass when safe giving at least 1.5m (5ft) between you and the cyclist
- Motorcycle helmets are compulsory
- Stop at the stop signs
- Don’t park on the yellow lines in Alofi
- Don’t do a u-turn at any intersections or at the Government building
- Respect “No Parking” signs
- Don’t park on roadside graves.
Get more driving tips for Niue in How to Drive in Niue and 10 Road Rules for Niue You Need to Know.