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Experience Niue Highlights, Pacific Islands

Niue South Pacific
Niue South Pacific
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Niue, South Pacific

Experience Niue Highlights, Pacific Islands

story by: Inspire South Pacific

You will never feel like “just another tourist” on Niue, the island nation a threehour flight from Auckland. That’s because, with just under 100 guest rooms, there are often more whales visiting in season than human visitors! Niue is one of the world’s largest raised coral atolls and is home to only about 1500 hospitable residents. There’s no such word as rush-hour on Niue, it’s one of the world’s safest destinations and you don’t need foreign exchange – Niue uses the Kiwi dollar. But what many people don’t know is that Niue is far from tiny – it’s over four times the size of Rarotonga. A quarter of the island is clothed in pristine rainforest and almost the entire island is surrounded by 20m to 30m cliffs, and dramatic beautiful chasms and coves provide perfect swimming spots. Niue is also honeycombed with some of the South Pacific’s most spectacular and extensive caves. The island is encircled by a 64km coastal road so bikes are a great way to get around, although you can also hire a car. Diving and snorkelling around Niue’s coast is renowned for is water clarity and the richness of its marine life. Swimming with humpback whales is unforgettable and thanks to Niue’s deep surrounding waters, you can sip a cocktail and marvel at these awesome giants breaching just 50 metres from shore.

Highlights

• WALK, EXPLORE, BIKE – the dozens of well-maintained tracks around the Island. From virgin rainforest and dramatic caves to rugged coastlines, spectacular views and swimming coves, the tracks range from 5 minutes to 5 hours.

• FISHING HEAVEN – Fishing in Niue is legendary. Very deep water is accessed almost immediately from launching so you’ll spend most of your time fishing, not travelling.

• ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCES – If you plan your arrival to Niue with that of the Humpback Whales (July to October) you can experience something that very few can say they have done... Niue is one of only three places in the world where you can swim with whales & for those not so keen on the swim, these gentle giants can be viewed from the land often only 50 metres from shore.

• DIVING – Visibility (a diver’s favourite word) can be up to 80 metres. This clarity is ranked amongst the very best in the world and, with the warm water, makes for an exceptional dive experience!

• VILLAGE SHOWDAYS – If you time your visit with one of the 14 village show days held annually you will get a taste of genuine culture, food and celebration of all things Niue. Watch out for the giant Uga (Coconut Crabs) that will be on display. You might even want to head out for a Uga hunt with a local during your stay!

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