Everything You Need to Know About the Niue Time Zone
When in Niue, who cares what time it is?! Time is seemingly at a standstill on this tiny raised coral atoll in the midst of the Pacific Ocean. But still, clocks do exist in Niue and you may need to know what time is it if you are trying to connect with friends and family back home or trying to figure out the tide times for seeing Niue’s coastal attractions.
So here we go, let’s cover the time zone of Niue and start with a fun fact: Niue is home to the world’s last sunset. More about that and the Niue time zone in the guide below!
When it is 9 am in Niue, it is…
- 9 or 10 am in Auckland the following day
- 6 or 7 am in Sydney the following day
- 5 am in Tokyo the following day
- 12 or 1 pm in Los Angeles on the same day
- 3 or 4 pm in New York the previous day
- 8 or 9 pm in London on the same day
- 9 or 10 pm in Frankfurt on the same day*
* Note that two possible times are displayed due to whether the destination is on daylight savings time or not.
And if you’re interested, check out the flight times between these destinations and Niue in What are the Flight Times to Niue?
Time Zone in Niue
Niue observes just one time zone, which is the following…
Time zone name: Niue Time
Time zone abbreviation: NUT
Offset: UTC -11
Example city: Alofi
Notes About the Time Zone in Niue
Niue does not use daylight saving (DST) so there is only one simple time zone for the whole year and for the whole island of Niue.
Luckily as soon as you connect your phone to the internet (note that there is no roaming in Niue – see How to Get Internet in Niue for tips), it should adjust itself to the correct time zone automatically. But if you need to change the time zone on your phone manually, search for “Alofi/Niue” in the list of time zones. Alternatively, search for “American Samoa” if you can’t find Niue.
Daylight Hours in Niue
Being a tropical island, Niue is blessed with long sunny days all year long with a bit of a change between the wet and the dry season – the Niuean version of “summer” and “winter”.
The average day length in Niue is about 12 hours which is a lot of time to enjoy what this island has to offer. The longest day of the year, which is in December, lasts for 12 hrs 55 mins, while the shortest day is in June and lasts for 11 hrs 20 mins.
Sunrise and Sunset in Niue
The sunrise in Niue is usually between 5:30 am and 7 am with the earliest sunrise of the year happening in December and the latest sunrise of the year happening in June.
The sunset in Niue is usually between 6 pm and 7 pm with the earliest sunset of the year happening in June usually and the latest sunset of the year happening in December.
Check out where to catch the sunrise and sunset in the 10 Best Places to Watch the Sunrise in Niue.
Daylight Savings Time in Niue
There is no daylight savings time in Niue. However, that is not to say that you will not have to adjust your time when catching up with family and friends at home. When contacting your home country, you should still be aware of your call destination’s DST as it may affect the time difference between you and your contacts at home.
If you are planning to travel while DST is happening in your home country, we suggest adding a reminder on your phone so you are prepared.
Time Difference Between Niue and New Zealand and Australia
Alright so let’s keep it simple: if you are travelling from New Zealand then Niue is 23 hours behind if New Zealand is on standard time or 24 hours behind if New Zealand is on daylight savings time.
If you are travelling from Australia (Sydney) then Niue is 21 hours behind if Sydney is on standard time and 22 hours behind if Sydney is on daylight savings time.
Countries in the Same Time Zone as Niue
No other countries follow Niue Time (NUT) exactly. However, a limited few are in the same time zone at UTC +13 (i.e. when it’s 9 am in Samoa it’s 9 am on the same day in Tonga).
Other Countries in UTC -11
- American Samoa
- Tokelau (Swains Island)
- United States (Jarvis Island, Kingman Reef, Midway Atoll and Palmyra Atoll).
Fun Facts About the Niue Time Zone
Being located in the GMT/UTC -11 time zone that is only shared by American Samoa and a few smaller islands, Niue is the closest country to the international dateline that is using the UTC/GMT 11 timezone. That means that when you are dining during a beautiful sunset, you are one of the few last people on Earth to do so!
The time zone in Niue also means that when travelling from Australia or New Zealand to Niue, you will be travelling back in time. If leaving on a Wednesday, you will land in Niue on a Tuesday. Time travel has never been so easy!
Check out more of the 10 Fun Facts About Niue.
More About the Time in Niue
That’s it for the guide to the Niue time zone. For more time-related advice, check out the following guides:
- The Best Time to Visit Niue: A Month-by-Month Guide
- Niue Weather, Seasons & Climate + Weather by Month
- 10 Reasons to Travel in the Low Season in Niue