What Clothes to Pack for Niue© NiuePocketGuide.com
What Clothes to Pack for Niue

What to Wear in Niue: Clothes Packing List

© NiuePocketGuide.com

What Clothes Do You Need for a Trip to Niue?

Ah, packing… Whether you hate it or love it, packing right for a holiday to Niue is essential. You don’t want to forget anything crucial or end up buying items on the island that you, annoyingly, know you have back home. Plus, you want to pack the right clothes for the weather and what activities you will be doing.

Luckily, you are going to Niue where the temperature rarely goes below 24°C (75°F) during the day and 21°C (70°F) at night. This means you’ll dress lightly and therefore, pack lightly. If you are looking for a more accurate weather pattern for your travel month check out our article about the Weather in Niue Month-by-Month. Continue scrolling to see what clothes to pack for Niue!

This is by no means a complete packing list for Niue; you can find that in What to Pack for Niue: Full Packing List. We also go into detail about our top essentials in the 10 Essentials You Need to Pack for Niue.

5 Tips for Packing for Niue

Before we get into what clothes to pack for Niue, here are some quick tips for packing clothes for Niue.

  1. Don’t overpack. If you are in Niue for a week, pack clothes to wear for each day. If you are in for a couple of weeks in paradise, pack for a week and pick an accommodation that provides laundry facilities.
  2. There are a few things that you need to declare when entering Niue. Make sure to declare anything you may have doubts about – more info can be found at What to Declare When Arriving in Niue
  3. If you are taking more than one flight to Niue, make sure to check the baggage allowance of all your flights and take the strictest one into consideration. Otherwise, an excess may apply
  4. Pack versatile outfits, for example, what can be used as an evening outfit for dinner will probably also suit attending a Niuean church service
  5. Packing cubes are a great way to organise suitcases. Consider getting some, plus check out more handy things to pack for Niue.

Now, let’s get into the full clothes packing list for Niue!

What Clothes to Pack for Niue© NiuePocketGuide.com

Casual Clothing for Niue

What else? It’s not like you will need formal wear in Niue. Because of the climate, you are likely to only want to pack light fabrics such as linen, bamboo or merino wool fabrics. For women, check out the versatile, sustainable and brilliantly breezy bamboo outfits of Moso Morrow.

How to Dress to Respect Local Customs

It is likely that you will visit a village or two in Niue, should it be for one of the famous Show Days or simply because you are passing by. In that case, you will want to pack a few more conservative items of clothing, such as a longer pair of shorts – in other words, save your most revealing attire for days by the pool.

A big no-no in Niue is wearing swimwear in villages, so make sure you have a paleu (sarong) or other clothing to cover up if you’re going to be in and out of the water all day.

Do You Need to Dress for Seasonal Weather in Niue?

If you are visiting between May and October, i.e. the dry season, we recommend packing a light cardigan or jumper to enjoy the cooler evenings or early morning fishing trips.

Those visiting in the wet season, between November and April, may want to bring some light pants and light long-sleeved tops for mosquito protection, especially on plantation/rainforest tours, as well as for extra sun protection.

Casual Clothing List for Men

  • 2 Light shirts
  • 5 T-shirts
  • 2 Shorts/lightweight pants
  • 1 or 2 Light sleepwear if you’re against sleeping in your undies
  • 1 Smarter holiday shirt to look sharp at dinner and/or church
  • 1 Light sweater/jacket for cooler evenings
  • 1 Sports shorts/pants for active activities
  • 1 Sports T-shirt for active activities
  • 1 Outfit to travel between Niue and home
  • 6 Underwear
  • 4 Socks.

Casual Clothing List for Women

  • 4 Singlets/T-Shirts
  • 2 Light blouse/T-shirt to cover the shoulders for church and sun protection
  • 2 Shorts/skirts which are not too short so you can enjoy wearing them at both your resort and when out exploring
  • 1 Light evening dress to impress at dinner
  • 1 Dress/skirt below the knee for church, spending time in villages, etc. We recommend light fabrics such as the sustainable bamboo dresses and skirts by Moso Morrow
  • 1 Sarong (paleu) will be your best friend for hitting the swimming holes and covering your swimwear in between. You can bring your own or there are plenty for sale once you arrive in Niue
  • 1 or 2 Light sleepwear if you’re against sleeping in your undies
  • 1 Light Cardigan/pashmina/poncho for cooler evenings
  • 1 Sports shorts/leggings for active activities
  • 1 Sports T-shirt/singlet for active activities
  • 1 Outfit to travel between Niue and home
  • 3 Bras including strapless, sports and comfort
  • 6 Underwear
  • 4 Socks.
What Clothes to Pack for Niue© NiuePocketGuide.com

Swimwear for Niue

Let’s be clear, you will spend a lot of time in the water in Niue. The underwater world surrounding this tiny island is out of this world! With no natural runoffs, the water clarity is amazing while the coral and marine life are superb. Plus, there’s even the opportunity to swim with whales if you are travelling at the right time.

What Type of Swimwear to Wear in Niue

However, because Niueans are conservative people when it comes to clothing, it is advised to keep the tightness of your mankini to a minimum. Men should opt for board shorts rather than tight Speedos and ladies should avoid thong bikinis and both genders should cover up swimwear when leaving a swimming spot.

Don’t Forget Your Rash Vest!

A rash vest is a good idea for sun protection, especially for children – we like the sustainable ethos and quality of Sharkskin rashies! Additionally, while accommodations and tours provide snorkelling gear (and Niue Blue have rental gear), you can’t be sure what state they will be in. If you have the option, pack your own mask and snorkel – TUSA Sport is our go-to.

Swimwear List for Men

Swimwear List for Women

Water shoes/reef shoes are also essential, which we cover in the “Shoes for Niue” section below.

What Clothes to Pack for Niue© NiuePocketGuide.com

Sun, Rain & Insect Protection

With UV levels ranging from 8 to 11 (which is extreme), short yet powerful rainfall, and mosquitos, the elements can sometimes look like they are trying to ruin your holiday to Niue. With this in mind, it is worth packing a few extra clothing items that will protect you from the elements.

For the sun, for instance, make sure that everybody has a sunhat and sunglasses. For the mosquitoes, pack a light long sleeve layer so they have no skin to access. Insect repellent is also useful, but that’s more of an item for the Full Niue Packing List.

Finally, no matter what time of year you travel, you might want to take a light rain jacket or umbrella (unless you plan to duck for cover if it rains or you do one of the 10 Things to Do in Niue on a Rainy Day).

Protective Clothing for Men, Women and Children

  • Sunhat
  • Sunglasses
  • Light shirt to cover arms and back
  • Light rain jacket/small umbrella (some accommodations like Scenic Matavai Resort and Taoke Fales have umbrellas to borrow).
What Clothes to Pack for Niue© NiuePocketGuide.com

Shoes for Niue

The last item on your clothes packing list for Niue is footwear. This depends on what you plan to get up to in Niue but it’s fair to assume that a good pair of flip-flops (or “jandals” if you are Kiwi) or sandals would be a good starting point. More important for Niue, are walking shoes and reef shoes (or multi-purpose shoes).

There are a few walks along the coasts and in the forest that will require you to have decent footwear. While you might see some locals venturing into these areas barefoot, trust us, you shouldn’t!

Do You Need Reef Shoes for Niue?

There are no soft sandy beaches in Niue. Instead, the coastline is made up of rocky reefs and a few coral beaches. Therefore, investing in a good pair of reef shoes is a must! There are a few designs of water shoes that couple up as walking shoes, as listed in the 10 Best Reef Shoes (& Gloves) for Niue.

Footwear for Men, Women and Children

  • Flip-flops/sandals (optional, some people find that they stick to the next two options due to the varying nature of Niue’s terrain)
  • Walking shoes/sneakers
  • Reef shoes/water shoes
  • Snorkelling fins (available to hire from Niue Blue if you don’t have your own).

More About What Clothes to Pack for Niue

That’s it for our list of the best clothes to pack for Niue! Now that you have made your clothes packing list for Niue, here are more packing tips:

Finally, don’t forget a thing to prepare for your trip by using The Best Niue Travel Guide and Niue Travel Tips: 30 Tips for Travelling in Niue.


Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of Niue Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in the South Pacific over 10 years ago with nothing but a backpack and a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to explore a paradise such as Niue. She knows the island inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience Niue’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides.

Was this article useful?


Recommended For You