How to Plan the Most Romantic Wedding, Honeymoon or Couples Getaway to Niue
An out-of-the-ordinary romantic escape awaits on the island of Niue. While the “Rock of the Pacific” might not exactly evoke images of romance, don’t be fooled. This is a relaxed island with some of the most pristine waters and secluded beaches and coves in the South Pacific.
Not many people have even heard of Niue, but the world’s largest raised coral atoll provides effortless romance with its soothing tropical climate, beautiful land and seascapes, wildlife, welcoming locals and more. Honeymooners will find remote stays elevated on clifftops for incredible views or those looking to tie the knot can create a unique island wedding with the island’s one and only resort.
Let us guide you through your romantic getaway with this wedding, honeymoon and romantic getaway guide to Niue.
Location: An island in the South Pacific Ocean, in between Tonga, Samoa and the Cook Islands. It is approximately 2,400km (1,491 miles) northeast of New Zealand.
Size: 261 km² (101 mi²)
Climate: Daily average temperature – 25°C/77°F, yearly average rainfall – 1,955mm/77″
Find out more in What is the Weather Like in Niue?
Time zone: UTC/GMT-11
Find out more in What is the Niue Time Zone?
Find out more in Who are the People of Niue?
Languages: Niuean and English
Find out more in What is the Niue Language?
How to Get to Niue
Next, what is the best way to get to Niue? Niue can be accessed by flight, cruise ship or private sailing yachts. The most popular way to get to Niue is by international flight, so let’s start with that.
Flights to Niue
Your honeymoon to Niue is made simple with only one airline flying to this remote island. Flights to Niue are available with Air New Zealand, flying weekly from Auckland Airport. The flight takes approximately three hours and lands at Niue’s international airport, Hanan Airport. See Which Airlines Fly to Niue? for more information.
Cruises to Niue
For a quick visit to Niue, an alternative way to get to the island is on a South Pacific cruise. Cruises to Niue depart from either Auckland (New Zealand), Papeete (Tahiti) or Lautoka (Fiji). Due to the rocky nature of the island, cruise passengers can only disembark at Niue if the weather and the swell are safe enough. Often visits to Niue are cancelled in bad weather. Learn more about cruising to Niue in The Guide to Taking a Cruise to Niue.
Sailing to Niue
Visiting yachts to Niue must stop at Alofi Bay and call Niue Radio on VHF Channel 16 in order to arrange customs clearance. Follow the instructions given. Then radio the Niue Yacht Club on VHF Channel 10 for mooring allocation and advice for mooring. Niue has just 17 moorings available. Learn more about sailing to Niue in The Guide to Sailing to Niue.
Arrival Formalities and Customs Declarations
Niue has strict biosecurity measures at the border to stop unwanted pests and diseases from entering the country. Therefore, anyone arriving in Niue has to declare any “risk items” they have packed in their luggage – even common items like food and sports gear. Be sure to read up on Everything You Need to Know About Arriving in Niue so you are prepared.
Check out our complete guide on How to Get to Niue for even more tips on making your way to the island.
The Best Time for a Honeymoon or Romantic Getaway to Niue
Niue is a tropical island with warm temperatures experienced throughout the year. It has only two distinct seasons, the hot and humid wet season and the drier and cooler dry season. Learn more in What is the Weather Like in Niue?
Wet Season (November to April)
The wet season, also known as summer, is Niue’s most hot and humid season with temperatures typically 22-29°C (72-84°F). Rain tends to be more frequent than the dry season with a monthly average of 156-300mm (6.1-11.8″) and there is a small risk of cyclones affecting the country. This season is best for fishing particular species like yellowfin tuna.
Dry Season (May to October)
The dry season, also called winter, is a drier and cooler season with temperatures typically around 21-27°C (70-81°F). The average monthly rainfall is 90-160mm (3.5-6.3″). This season is also best for whale swimming and fishing for particular species like wahoo and mahimahi.
So when is the best time to travel to Niue? Check out our complete guide, The Best Time to Visit Niue, which dives deeper into the subject.
Couples’ Packing List for Niue
The main thing you need to keep in mind when packing for Niue is having a tropical wardrobe that includes some more modest items of clothing for exploring Niues’s villages. A packing list for Niue might look a little something like this:
- Dresses/skirts below the knee to use during village visits or church services
- Light shirts/T-shirts to cover the shoulders to use during village visits or church services
- Sarong (paleu) to cover swimwear after swimming
- Light sleepwear
- Light jacket/cardigan/pashmina for cooler evenings
- Rash vest for sun protection
- Light cotton shirt to cover arms for sun protection
- Light rain jacket
- Walking shoes/sandals
- Reef shoes
And that’s just the clothes! For a full packing list of everything to take, including accessories and toiletries, check out The Complete Packing List for Niue.
Tap water is Ok to drink at certain accommodations on the island, but not everywhere. The island also experiences high UV levels and mosquitos, so packing products for your health is recommended. Natural sunscreens and mosquito repellents are advised to protect you and Niue’s fragile ecosystem. Instead of buying bottled water, use reusable purification bottles for obvious environmental reasons. See our health essentials packing list in What Medication to Pack in Your First Aid Kit for Niue.
The currency of Niue is the New Zealand Dollar. Cash is the most widely accepted payment method with some outlets accepting MasterCard, Visa and New Zealand debit cards. There is no ATM on the island, but you can take money out at selected outlets. See What is the Best Way to Pay in Niue? for more information.
Do You Need a Visa to Visit Niue?
To enter Niue, you need a passport that is valid for up to three months after your arrival date. A free Visitor Permit is granted upon entry if you are from a visa-waiver country. Otherwise, an Entry Permit is required, as explained in Do You Need a Visa to Visit Niue?
Marriage Requirements and Wedding Packing List
Of course, every couple will have their own packing list to curate the ideal wedding in Niue. Nevertheless, there are quite a few essential documents to bring to legally wed in Niue:
- Original or certified copies of birth certificates
- Valid passports
- A formal letter from both the bride and groom stating they have never been married before
- Divorce documents (if applicable)
- Death certificate of a spouse (if applicable).
Check out What are the Marriage Requirements in Niue? for in-depth advice.
How Long to Honeymoon in Niue
Niue might make for an idyllic tropical getaway to simply relax for a few days – and that’s fine; we all need to R&R from time to time. Most couples, however, are here to explore one of the most unique islands in the South Pacific along with its natural attractions and marine experiences. With that in mind, here’s what you can achieve in certain timeframes…
4 Days / A Long Weekend in Niue
[Update: Check Which Airlines Fly to Niue? for the latest flight schedule to see if this itinerary is compatible with current flights]. Over a long weekend, you will have time to do some sightseeing on both coasts of the island, but not much time for activities and tours with many being closed on a Sunday. See the Niue Honeymoon Itinerary: 3 Days and How to Plan a Weekend Honeymoon in Niue for suggestions.
5 Days in Niue
[Update: Check Which Airlines Fly to Niue? for the latest flight schedule to see if this itinerary is compatible with current flights]. For five days, you can explore both coasts of the island, as well as fit in one or two tours. Check out our Niue Honeymoon Itinerary: 5 Days and How to Plan a 5-Day Honeymoon in Niue for ideas.
7 Days/ One Week in Niue
One week in Niue gives you time to visit all of the major highlights along the coast, as well as do some of your bucket list activities. See Niue Honeymoon Itinerary: 7 Days and How to Plan a One-Week Honeymoon in Niue for recommended trip ideas.
14 Days / Two Weeks in Niue
This amount of time in Niue allows you to enjoy all of Niue’s coastal attractions, fit in the activities and tours you’ve dreamed of, as well as time to relax. See the Niue Honeymoon Itinerary: 14 Days and How to Plan a Two-Week Honeymoon in Niue for itinerary suggestions.
The Best Ways to Get Around Niue
Enjoy an independent getaway by hiring a car or rely on a mix of accommodation transfers and bike hire. See all of your options in the Niue Transport Guide: 11 Ways to Get Around Niue. Otherwise, here’s a quick overview…
Car Rental in Niue
With no public transport (except for one taxi), many choose to rent a car at least for some of their time in Niue. Car rental companies offer airport drop-off, as well as pick-up from their depots in Alofi and elsewhere. To drive a car in Niue, you will need to purchase a Niue Driver’s License from the Alofi Police Station. Find out more in The Guide to Car Hire in Niue.
Many accommodations featured in this guide offer complimentary airport transfers. You’ll be met by your hosts at the airport on arrival and transported to your new abode. Note that this service needs to be booked before arrival. See more airport transfers in our guide to Airport Transfer Options in Niue.
Bicycle and E-Bike Hire
For making short trips or, if you’re feeling adventurous, to hit the bike trails, Niue has bike and e-bike hire available. Some accommodations have bike hire included in your stay. Find out more about cycling in Niue in The Guide to Mountain Biking in Niue.
Honeymoon Accommodation in Niue
Niue keeps its accommodation options small and intimate. There is only one resort on the island, while the rest of Niue’s accommodations come in the form of boutique cottage complexes/motels, holiday homes and guesthouses.
We go through almost all of Niue’s accommodation options in The 30 Best Accommodations in Niue, while our top picks for couples are listed in the 10 Best Wedding & Honeymoon Accommodations in Niue.
By far Niue’s largest accommodation, the Scenic Matavai Resort is a four-star resort with a pool, restaurant and evening entertainment. The main resort has international hotel-standard rooms, while the Scenic Matavai Villas & Apartments offer self-catering facilities and its own pool. Note that the villas and apartments are approximately a kilometre away from the main resort. Find out more about the resort in the 10 Best Hotels & Resorts in Niue.
Cottage Complexes / Motels
Accommodations like Namukulu Cottages, Taloa Heights and Breeze offer a handful of self-contained cottages surrounding communal facilities, such as a swimming pool or whale lookout. Check out our descriptions of Niue’s cottage complexes and motels in How to Pick the Best Villa in Niue for You, as well as the 5 Best Motels in Niue and the 10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Niue.
Guesthouses / Lodges
An affordable accommodation option in Niue, guesthouses and lodges are typically one large home renovated into a B&B-style accommodation. Expect private guest rooms, some with ensuites, as well as shared facilities, such as a kitchen, lounge and bathroom. See what else to expect in How to Pick the Right Guesthouse in Niue for You and check out our top picks in the 10 Best Guesthouses in Niue.
Niue has plenty of holiday homes allowing you to experience your own quiet corner of the island. Holiday homes range from one bedroom to four/five bedrooms so there’s a private place to stay for most group sizes. Find out more in How to Pick the Best Holiday Home in Niue for You, while the top options are listed in the 10 Best Holiday Homes in Niue.
Activities in Niue for Couples
Romance is found in the tranquillity, the remoteness and the pristine nature of Niue. Make the most of this unique raised coral atoll, as well as your special time together, by taking part in some of its romantic activities.
Romantic Things to Do in Niue
- Learn a new skill together in a scuba diving course
- Find yourselves a secluded snorkelling spot
- See how you would fare being marooned together on an island with a nature tour
- Treat your loved one to a fabulous dinner
- Stargaze in some of the darkest skies
- Cycle the uncrowded bike trails
- Get competitive with a round of golf
- Explore the coast together by SUP or kayak
- Experience a life-changing encounter together on a whale swimming tour
- Impress each other with a huge catch on a fishing charter.
For more details on each experience, see the 10 Most Romantic Things to Do in Niue for Couples.
Learn to Scuba Dive Together
Nothing strengthens the bond quite like learning a new skill together. When in Niue, one of the most rewarding skills you can learn is scuba diving. You have the opportunity to get a PADI qualification in Niue, which is recognised worldwide. Open Water courses are a three-day course including four open water dives in Niue’s breathtakingly clear waters teeming with marine life. Learn more in The Guide to Scuba Diving in Niue.
Find Yourself Secluded Snorkelling Spots
What makes Niue an utterly romantic destination is the fact that you find yourself alone in many of the island’s nooks and crannies. Niue’s coastline is scattered with chasms, caves, beaches, reefs and bush walks, where it’s common to have these pieces of paradise all to yourself. What’s more, many of these locations have swimming holes where the snorkelling is excellent! Hire a car and spend a day or two exploring them all with the guidance of the 10 Best Places to Snorkel in Niue.
See How You’d Fare in the Wild with One of the Island’s Nature Tours
Can you imagine being marooned on an island together? Well, find out how you would survive by taking one of the fantastic nature tours in Niue. For instance, Misa’s Nature Tour is hosted by a Niuean who grew up doing just that, where you’ll learn to make fire, what plants to use for medicinal remedies, eat and drink coconut and more.
Alternatively, become acquainted with the Niuean forest on the Ebony Rainforest Tours where you’ll learn how traditional food and medicines are gathered, visit caves and see the rare ebony wood your host uses to carve spectacular sculptures and jewellery. Finally, join the Taue Uga Tour to learn about baiting and hunting coconut crabs in stunning rainforest. See The Guided Tours in Niue for more information.
Food in Niue: Where to Eat and Self-Catering
Niue has a small but varied range of restaurants, bars and cafes with international influences including Japanese, Indian, Chinese, American, British and more. Due to limited seating at most restaurants, it’s recommended to book a table, especially in the high season. See all of the restaurants on the island in The Guide to the Best Eats & Restaurants in Niue.
Niuean food is best sampled at arranged umu/Niuean buffet nights, as well as occasionally at the Niue Market and village show days. Find out more about what local dishes to try in the 8 Unique Foods in Niue You Have to Try.
Self-catering facilities are available at almost all of Niue’s accommodations where visitors can buy groceries from the large supermarket, Swansons Supermarket, as well as from smaller grocery stores in Alofi. See The Guide to Food Shopping in Niue for more advice.
We go into much more detail on where to eat, what to eat, self-catering and food tours in The Guide to Food in Niue.
Getting Married in Niue
A wedding in Niue is like nowhere else, with only one exclusive wedding venue on the island for eloping couples. The Matavai Conference Centre and the Scenic Matavai Resort offers a varied range of wedding packages and experiences for couples to create a dream island wedding as unique as they are.
Niue Wedding Venues
The Scenic Matavai Resort offers a range of wedding venues, from ceremonies on the resort’s deck overlooking the Pacific Ocean to inside the conference room with floor-to-ceiling windows. Alternatively, they can even arrange wedding ceremonies at your chosen island location, whether it’s a secluded beach or a dramatic cave. Not only does the resort offer packages, including floral archway, local dancers, Niuean floral headpieces and garlands, food, beverage and more, but they also have irresistible accommodation, flight and special dinner-for-two deals well worth enquiring about.
Niue Wedding Formalities
In order to get married in Niue, you will need to complete a Notice of Intended Marriages Form within a minimum of three working days’ before you intend to marry. The form can be obtained from the Niue Justice Department in Alofi, which requires a formal letter from the bride and groom stating that they have never been married before, a certified copy of your birth certificates and passports, and divorce documents if applicable. The Scenic Matavai Resort offers aid with the formalities as part of their wedding service.
For more information, see How to Organise Your Wedding in Niue.
Typical Costs and Travel Budget: How Much Does a Honeymoon in Niue Cost?
We all travel very differently. Therefore, making a precise budget for every couple travelling to Niue is, quite frankly, an impossible task. Nevertheless, you can work out your own needs, thus budget, by simply looking at the typical prices listed below or in our article, Niue Travel Budget: How Much Does a Trip to Niue Cost?
The Cost of Accommodation
- Guesthouse double room/night – NZ$50-$90
- Guesthouse double ensuite/night – NZ$60-$190
- Budget self-contained studio/night – NZ$120-$150
- Premium self-contained villa/night – NZ$195-$320
- Resort room/night – NZ$290-$460
- Premium studio apartment/night – NZ$225-$250
For more information and the cost of accommodation services, see our guide, What is the Cost of Accommodation in Niue?
The Cost of Food
- Main breakfast meal – NZ$9-$22
- Main lunch meal – NZ$13-$25
- Main dinner meal – NZ$20-$35
- Niuean buffet – NZ$50-$60
- Small coffee – NZ$5-$6
- Bottle of beer – NZ$4-$10
- Glass of wine – NZ$11-$16
- Cocktail – NZ$15-$17
- Soft drink – NZ$4-$5
Grocery prices for self-catering can be found in What is the Cost of Food in Niue?
The Cost of Activities
- Guided orientation tour – NZ$70
- Uga hunting tour – NZ$70
- Nature tour – NZ$50-$70
- Plantation tour – NZ$50-$70
- Cave tour – NZ$75
- Spa treatment – NZ$90+
- Mountain bike hire/day – NZ$10-$30
- Museum entry – NZ$10
- Whale/dolphin swimming tour – NZ$170
- Scuba diving/two-tank – NZ$190-$230
- Snorkelling by boat – NZ$90-$100
- Snorkel hire/day – Free-NZ$10
- Private fishing charter/half-day – NZ$500
- Vaka (canoe) tour – NZ$50
For more information and a list of all of Niue’s free activities, see our guide on What is the Cost of Activities in Niue?
The Cost of Transport
- Niue Driver’s License – NZ$22.50
- Motorbike rental/day – NZ$40
- Car rental/day – NZ$55-$75
- Petrol/litre – NZ$2.64+
- Bicycle rental/day – NZ$10
- Taxi/kilometre – NZ$2
- Accommodation/airport transfers – Free
For more information on transport prices, see What is the Cost of Transport in Niue? And again, check out our guide, Niue Travel Budget: How Much Does a Trip to Niue Cost? for more budget tips and costs.
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