The Guide to Sundays in Niue©
The Guide to Sundays in Niue

Sundays in Niue: What You Need to Know


What You Need to Know About Niue on a Sunday

Sunday is a day of rest, quiet and worship on the island of Niue. As a devout Christian country, going to church is important to locals which, in turn, provides a wonderful cultural experience for visitors. You will find that many of Niue’s shops, services and guided tours do not operate on a Sunday, but there’s still plenty to do to keep the vacation spirit on a high. We’ll go through the Sunday customs you need to be aware of, as well as list the shops and services that are open and closed, in this guide to Sundays in Niue.

Before we get into our Sunday customs guide, be sure to bookmark The Guide to the Niuean Culture for Travellers for even more advice on the local customs and cultural experiences.

6 Things You Need to Know About Sundays in Niue

If you can’t be, well, bothered reading our complete guide to Sundays in Niue (we get it, not everyone’s a reader), here are the main things you need to know:

  1. Many businesses and tours are closed on a Sunday, but you can still go sightseeing, swimming (just not near a church while it’s in session) and play golf
  2. Many restaurants are still open on Sunday for dinner but most are closed for lunch
  3. Church services occur every Sunday, typically once in the morning at 9 am/10 am and once in the afternoon at 3 pm/4 pm
  4. Do not go down sea tracks near a church while the church is in session
  5. Avoid swimming near village greens and churches on a Sunday
  6. If going to church, wear suitable clothing, such as a covered top and knee-length skirts for ladies and collared shirts and pants for males.
The Guide to Sundays in Niue©

Niue’s Sunday Rules

There are a few reasonable rules to keep in mind while experiencing Niue on a Sunday. Remember, that the general customs for Niue, like dressing modestly when walking in towns and villages, still apply on a Sunday.

The Customs of Sundays in Niue

Some of the local customs to respect on a Sunday include:

  • Do not go down sea tracks near a church while the church is in session, which is typically once in the morning at 9 am/10 am and once in the afternoon at 3 pm/4 pm
  • Avoid swimming near village greens and churches
  • If going to church, wear suitable attire, such as a covered top and knee-length skirts for ladies and collared shirts and pants for males
  • Activities like fishing, diving and boating are forbidden on a Sunday.

General Niue Rules and Customs

In addition to the Sunday rules, there are general customs that you should abide by for your entire visit to Niue, including on Sundays. General customs and rules include:

  • Avoid walking through towns and villages in just your swimwear
  • Dress modestly and respectfully in public, for example, don’t walk around or ride your bike shirtless
  • Don’t touch or move vaka (canoes) that you see down the sea tracks
  • Don’t go down sea tracks that are closed for the kaloama season
  • Avoid areas where a fono (prohibition) is in place, indicated by coconut palm leaves tied around the area
  • Wave to everyone you pass while driving on the roads (it’s just polite)
  • Contribute to Niue’s commitment to sustainability through appropriate waste, energy and water management and conservation
  • All land in Niue is owned by someone, so don’t take or damage flora or fauna without the landowner’s permission
  • Seek local authority before rock, reef or wharf fishing
  • Do not swim where vaka (canoes) are fishing.

For more information about respecting the local customs, see our article, Niue Etiquette: What are the Local Customs in Niue?

The Guide to Sundays in Niue©

What is Closed on a Sunday

As Sunday is considered a day of rest and worship in Niue, you’ll find that many businesses are closed on a Sunday.

Businesses that are closed on a Sunday include shops and supermarkets, the bank, the post office, the Niue Tourism Visitor Information Centre, the Police Station, guided tours and any activities on the water, such as fishing, scuba diving, snorkelling tours, etc.

Some restaurants close on a Sunday, while some choose to remain open with limited hours, usually for dinner – see the section below for restaurants that remain open on a Sunday.

Essential Services Open on Sunday

Note that there are a select few services that are open on a Sunday, but for limited hours. The Central Services Petrol Station is open on Sunday from 4 pm to 7 pm. The Niue Foou Hospital‘s clinic hours on Sunday are 9 am to 10 am and 7 pm to 8 pm.

The Guide to Sundays in Niue©

What to Do on a Sunday

Now that you know about the customs and what’s closed on a Sunday, what can you actually spend your Sunday in Niue doing? The answer is, quite a lot!

On a Sunday, you’re still able to go sightseeing, swim and even play a round at the local golf course.

Things to Do on a Sunday in Niue

For a more in-depth guide, check out the 10 Things to Do in Niue on a Sunday!

Niue Restaurants Open on a Sunday

  • Washaway Cafe (Avatele Beach) – 11 am until everyone goes home
  • Fusion Flava (Opposite Vaiolama, Alofi) – 12 am to 2 pm
  • Crow’s Nest – 6 to 8 pm
  • Hio Cafe & Bar – 5 to 8 pm
  • Jenna’s – 5 to 10 pm
  • Vanilla Cafe – 6 to 8:30 pm
  • Dolphin Restaurant (Scenic Matavai Resort) – 7 to 10 am, 12 to 2 pm and 6 to 9 pm.

Note that opening hours are subject to change (and likely will; this is Niue!). We recommend picking up a weekly timetable of restaurant opening hours from the Tourist Information Centre (Alofi) on arrival in Niue.

More About Local Customs and Sundays in Niue

That’s it for our guide to Sundays in Niue. For more advice, take a look at the following guides:

Finally, if there’s anything we’ve missed, you’re likely to find it in The Complete Travel Guide to Niue.


Robin C.

This article was reviewed and published by Robin, the co-founder of Niue Pocket Guide. He has lived, worked and travelled across 16 different countries before settling in the South Pacific, so he knows a thing or two about planning the perfect trip in this corner of the world. He is also consulting regularly with Niue Tourism to ensure content accuracy. Robin is also the co-founder of several other South Pacific travel guides and is a regular host of webinars with the South Pacific Tourism Organisation.

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