The Taxi in Niue: Travel Advice
If you’ve read any of NiuePocketGuide.com so far, you may have seen us mention that public transport is extremely limited in Niue. That’s with the exception of one taxi service on the island called “The Taxi”. Yes, Niue has one taxi driver and one taxi vehicle. If you need to get around Niue and you don’t have a rental car, Niue’s taxi driver is the guy to call.
For more transport advice, see Public Transport in Niue.
Tips for Using the Taxi in Niue
- Niue only has one real taxi called “The Taxi”
- Some car rentals offer a type of taxi service, but only on demand when available
- The Taxi can only be booked over the phone
- The vehicle can seat up to seven passengers
- Niue’s taxi charges by the kilometre.
For elaboration on each point, see the 5 Things to Know About Taxis in Niue, or simply continue reading…
What is The Taxi in Niue?
Unlike your standard taxi service of taxi ranks, taxis waiting outside of the airport and the ability to hail down a taxi, Niue’s taxi service is one guy and his car. Nevertheless, the taxi is easy to spot with a sign for “The Taxi” on the side and on top of the vehicle, as well as “Taxi” on the vehicle’s registration plate.
The Niue taxi uses a Honda Stepwgn people-mover vehicle seating about seven passengers not including the driver.
Other Vehicle Companies Offering Taxi Services
While The Taxi is the go-to for taxi services in Niue, some vehicle rental companies in Niue also state that they offer taxi services on demand when available. Niue Rentals and Alofi Rentals are said to both offer “taxi service and transfers”. Alofi Rentals is located in Alofi South (near the Vaiolama Cafe), while Niue Rentals is located in Alofi North. Both can be contacted by phone. Learn more about these car rental companies in The Best Car Rentals in Niue.
How to Book a Taxi in Niue
The Taxi in Niue can only be booked over the phone. Due to the fact that international roaming is not supported in Niue, most visitors find it easier to book The Taxi through their accommodation or through the Visitor Information Centre, who can call the taxi for you.
Alternatively, if you have purchased a Niue SIM card following the advice in How to Get a Tourist SIM Card in Niue, you can call The Taxi yourself at the following numbers:
The Niue dialling code is +683 if you’re calling from overseas.
What is the Cost of The Taxi in Niue?
One similarity Niue’s taxi does have with taxi services you’re probably used to is that it charges by the kilometre.
The set rate for the taxi is NZ$2 per kilometre. With that in mind, here are a few common travel distances in Niue:
- Alofi – Namukulu – 10km
- Namukulu – Liku – 20km
- Liku – Togo Chasm – 6.5km
- Avatele – Matavai Resort – 2km
- Matavai Resort – Alofi (via top road) – 8km
- Alofi – Lakepa (cross island) – 14.5km
- Alofi – Liku (cross island) – 15km
For more driving times, see The Driving Times in Niue You Need to Know.
The Taxi accepts cash (New Zealand Dollars) and EFTPOS. Learn more about paying in Niue here.