What You Need to Know About Biking in Niue
Niue is an island of adventure, especially when it comes to mountain biking (minus the mountains). With five official bike trails on the island, more than 190 km (118 mi) of ridable bush tracks, and 123 km (76 mi) of quiet paved roads, Niue is definitely a country that enables two-wheeled fun. Best suited for mountain biking due to the state of the roads, cycling in Niue is a good way to get between attractions, as well as to explore the island’s less-visited interior. Learn all you need to know about cycling on “The Rock” with this complete guide to cycling and mountain biking in Niue.
Before we jump into our guide to cycling in Niue, remember to bookmark the 101 Things to Do in Niue: The Ultimate List for more amazing experiences.
7 Quick Tips for Cycling in Niue
If there are only a few things to know about cycling in Niue, these would be it:
- It is not compulsory to wear a helmet in Niue, but it is recommended
- Dogs are a common nuisance to cyclists in Niue; if they start to chase you, stop and get off your bike
- This isn’t Rarotonga, cycling around Niue is a challenge with the main road being around 64 km (40 mi) and taking around 4 to 5 hours to cycle
- Mountain bikes are better for the paved roads in Niue instead of road bikes due to the potholes
- Avoid cycling at night, as there is limited street lighting in Niue
- Bear in mind the heat in Niue, which can make cycling more exhausting, when planning how long to cycle for
- The sea tracks are not suitable for cycling.
For more tips like this, take a look at the 10 Essential Tips for Cycling in Niue.
Are There Any Mountain Biking Trails in Niue?
Unfortunately for keen mountain bikers, the lack of “mountains” in Niue means that it’s not a place for downhill fun.
On the other hand, the island has five official bike trails where the majority take you off the main road and onto some exciting bush trails.
The Bike Trails in Niue
Although there are around 190 km (118 mi) of bush trails and a total of 123 km (76 mi) of paved roads in Niue, there are many possible routes to enjoy by bike. But to make things even easier, there are five official bike tracks that are signposted and marked on bike trail maps available at the Visitor Information Centre in Alofi. All of the tracks are loop tracks (i.e. they can be started and ended at the same location) and take from 30 minutes to 2 hours to complete.
The bike tracks in Niue include:
- Bike Track 1 (Fuata Road) – 11.5 km (7.1 mi)
- Bike Track 2 (Keleola Bush Road) – 21 km (13 mi)
- Bike Track 3 (Makefu Bush Road) – 7.5 km (4.7 mi)
- Bike Track 4 (Falepipi Bush Road) – 20 km (12.4 mi)
- Bike Track 5 (Vinivini Bush Road) – 13.3 km (8.3 mi)
Passing by unmissable coastal attractions and eateries, Niue’s bike trails have plenty to discover as you go. Check out such discoveries in a description of each bike track in The 5 Best Bike Trails in Niue.
Guided Bike Tours in Niue
At present, there are no guided bike tours in Niue. This page will be updated when tours become available.
Where to Rent Bikes in Niue
Niue has a good selection of rental bikes, from affordable mountain bikes to e-bikes suited to the Niue roads. Some accommodations even include free bike rentals for guests.
Bicycle Rental in Niue
- Niue Visitor Information Centre, Alofi – A high-quality range of mountain bikes for hire
- Niue Blue, Tamakautoga – A mix of pushbikes and e-bikes for hire
- Freedom Bikes, Alofi – E-bikes for adults with the option for resort delivery.
More details on each of these bike rental companies can be found in Cycle Niue: Where to Rent Bikes in Niue.
Accommodation with Free Bike Rental
Accommodations in Niue that include bike rental for guests include Namukulu Cottages and Damiana’s Motel in Avatele, as well as Lolani’s Retreat in Makefu. To learn more about these accommodations, see the 5 Accommodations in Niue with Bike Hire.
Bringing Your Own Bike to Niue
It is possible to bring your own bike to Niue with the sole airline flying to the island, Air New Zealand. You will need to check your bike in as check-in luggage and pack your bike appropriately.
For checking in a bike onto an Air New Zealand flight to Niue, pack the bike in a bike box or bike bag. Bike boxes are available to purchase at Auckland Airport for around NZ$30.
You don’t need to deflate the tyres but you do need to do the following:
- Remove the handlebars or turn them sideways
- Remove the pedals or turn them in
- Make sure the pressure of any nitrogen gas mountain bike struts is no more than 200 kPa (kilopascal) or 29 PSI (pounds per square inch)
- Make sure that any cartridges for inflating tyres are less than 50 ml (1.6 oz) and contain non-flammable gas.
Remember to seal the box and label it with your name and phone number. It’s a good idea to place accessories in a bag within the bike box/bag.
Learn more about flying with Air New Zealand to Niue in Which Airlines Fly to Niue?
Cycling Events in Niue
Niue loves a good excuse to throw a party and there are even events for cyclists that have become iconic on the island’s event calendar.
Ride the Rock
For cycling enthusiasts, there’s an annual event that has you racing the bush tracks and quiet sealed roads of Niue on either a 60 km (37 mi) race around the island or in short bursts in speed races through the bush. The race has been called different things in the past, including “Round the Rock” and “Rally of the Rock” but most know it today as “Ride the Rock“.
Essentials to Know About Cycling in Niue
Although cycling is a fun, not to mention, more sustainable way to travel in Niue, it does come with some slight pitfalls. You can still have an enjoyable time cycling in Niue as long as you are prepared for the following situations.
Cycling in Niue and Dogs
Although dogs have owners, dogs are left to roam free in Niue. While most dogs are relaxed and as cute as ever, there are the occasional guard dogs that will have a whale of a time chasing you down the road. This can be pretty scary and dogs have been known to bite cyclists on rare occasions.
The best thing you can do if a dog is chasing you is to stop cycling and get off the bike. If that doesn’t calm the dog down then shoo the dog in an assertive manner. If the dog is overly aggressive, scream at it and pretend like you’re about to throw something at it.
Prepare for Cycling in a Tropical Climate
Although you might be used to riding long distances, take into consideration the extra exertion it takes to ride in the tropical heat. Niue has a warm climate all year round, with temperatures at 21-27°C (70-81°F) in the “winter season” and at 22-29°C (72-84°F) combined with high humidity in the “summer season”. With this in mind, pack plenty of drinking water and snacks and you might want to plan to ride a little shorter than what you’re used to. See Niue Weather, Seasons & Climate + Weather by Month for more information on the weather.
More About Cycling and Mountain Biking in Niue
That’s it for our guide to cycling and mountain biking in Niue. For more cycle chat, take a look at the following guides:
- 10 Essential Tips for Cycling in Niue
- The Cycling Times & Distances in Niue
- Can You Cycle Around Niue?
Finally, if it looks like cycling around Niue isn’t for you, check out our Niue Transport Guide: 10 Ways to Get Around Niue for alternative ways to explore the island.