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Where is Niue Located?

Where is Niue Located?

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Where is Niue?

Discovering the Niue has to start somewhere and its location is as good as any… So, where is Niue located? Niue is a country in the Oceania continent. It’s located in the South Pacific Ocean, about 2,400 km (1,490 mi) northeast of New Zealand and 4,530 km (2,815 mi) southwest of Hawaii and huddled among other Polynesian islands, such as the Cook Islands, Tonga, Samoa, American Samoa, Fiji and Wallis and Futuna.

Niue is just one island with a total land area of 261.5 km² (101 mi²). We’ll go through all that and more in this quick guide answering the question, where is Niue located?

Quick Facts About Niue

  • Population: 1,500
  • Landmass: 261.5 km² (101 mi²)
  • Languages: English and Niuean
  • Capital: Alofi
  • Currency: New Zealand Dollar
  • Famous for: The world’s largest raised coral atoll, the world’s first Dark Sky Nation, and one of the world’s least-visited countries – find out more in What is Niue Known For?

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Where is Niue on the World Map?

Niue is located on the Oceania continent in the Southern Hemisphere. The country is situated in the South Pacific Ocean about 2,400 km (1,490 mi) northeast of New Zealand and 4,530 km (2,815 mi) southwest of Hawaii. Niue is also 2,115 km (1,315 miles) south of the Equator.

The South Pacific Islands Near Niue

Niue is also situated between other South Pacific Islands, with Tonga 425 km (264 mi) to the west, Samoa and American Samoa 532 km (330 mi) to the north, and the Cook Islands 723 km (449 mi) to the east.

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The Geography of Niue

Niue is a 261.5 km² (101 mi²) island. This island is the only land area of Niue, while the nation also includes three outlying coral reefs:

  • Beveridge Reef
  • Antilope Reef
  • Haran Reef

As a coral atoll, Niue’s terrain consisted of steep limestone cliffs surrounding a central plateau with its highest point reaching 69 m (226 ft). A reef surrounds the roughly oval-shaped island with the only large break in the reef being close to the capital, Alofi, on the central west coast.

Learn more about the geology of the island in our guide on How Was Niue Formed?

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Frequently Asked Questions About the Location of Niue

Finally, here are the answers to some of the most popular questions on the internet about the location of Niue.

Which Country is Niue in?

Contrary to popular belief, Niue is not in New Zealand but is a country of its own some 2,400 km (1,490 mi) away from New Zealand. Niue is, however, a self-governing state in free association with New Zealand, which you can learn more about in our guide, Who Owns Niue? The Political Status of Niue.

Is Niue in Polynesia?

Yes, Niue is in the centre of Polynesia, surrounded by the countries of Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, Wallis and Futuna and the Cook Islands.

Is Niue Part of French Polynesia?

No, Niue is not part of French Polynesia. French Polynesia lies approximately 1,923 km (1,195 mi) east of Niue with the Cook Islands in between the two countries.

Is Niue Part of Micronesia?

No, Niue is not part of Micronesia; it is part of Polynesia.

More About Where Niue is Located

That’s it for our guide on where Niue is located but by no means the end of our interesting facts about the islands. In fact, we have more articles for your reading pleasure:

And if you’re planning a trip to Niue, don’t miss our 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.

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