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You’ll never feel like just another tourist on Niue, the island nation a three hour flight from Auckland. That’s because, with just under 130 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 around 1600 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. 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 20 to 30 metre 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 64 kilometre 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 its water clarity and the richness of its marine life. Swimming with humpback whales (in season) 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.



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Swim with Whales

Swim with whales in Niue

The first thing you need to know about humpback whales is not that they’re huge, but that they love to sing. Being up to 15 metres in length and weighing between 25 and 40 tons, they can certainly belt out a melody. Actually, it’s more like an anthem. On any whale diving excursion this is one way you’ll know if there’s a giant in the vicinity, because when a whale bursts into song, such is the magnitude of their voice, your lungs will rattle in your chest. In Niue, the whale season runs from July to October, with August and September offering the best opportunity to interact with one of the world’s largest mammals. With water visibility as clear as it is, swimming amongst these majestic behemoths offers a clarity you won’t find elsewhere. There are rules to ensure swimmers stay at least 200 metres away, but humpbacks are curious by nature, so if you get lucky and they approach of their own accord, revel in the experience and enjoy their titanic presence.

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SOME THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN NIUE




Snorkelling Adventures SNORKELLING ADVENTURES

Niue is renowned for its crystal clear water and richness of its marine life, so snorkelling around its coast is a must-do! Enjoy an abundance of reef fish and beautiful hard corals. If you are lucky you may even come across the resident spinner dolphins – famous for their acrobatic displays. They are playful by nature and you may just get to enjoy an in-water interaction with them. (Image: ©Niue Tourism)

 

Uga Tour UGA TOUR

The uga or coconut crab is said to be the largest hermit crab in the world. While it spends all its adult life on land, it must return to the sea to release its eggs. The tour provides an opportunity to see and capture the uga in its natural habitat. The tour is in two parts – the first is to lay the bait during daylight hours. The second part takes place at night when the crab comes out to feed on the bait.

MIsa's Nature Tour MISA'S NATURE TOUR
 

Misa’s Nature Tour is an interactive experience where he guides you along a path that will showcase many unique features of Niuean history, customs and practices, many of which are still relevant today. His stories will entertain you and his knowledge about nature will leave you with an appreciation of how fragile it is on Niue island.

Niue Orientation tour NIUE ORIENTATION TOUR
 

A not to be missed tour for an introduction to Niue for the first-time traveller or, even if you’re a repeat visitor, you’ll learn from a knowledgeable guide, a little of the history, the culture and see some of Niue’s iconic locations all in the comfort of an air conditioned mini bus.

Walk Explore Bike WALK, EXPLORE, BIKE
 

There are 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 five minutes to five hours. (Image: ©Niue Tourism)

Fishing 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.

Diving 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!






NIUE ACCOMMODATION



Here's a taste of some of our favourite resort options in Niue.
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Taloa Heights
TALOA HEIGHTS
★★★
This fantastic, family-run property is a home away from home, with roomy open plan units overlooking the ocean. It’s located close to the town centre, with several restaurants within walking distance. The Bungalows and Treetop Studios are perfect for couples, while for groups or families there’s an option of a spacious Villa which sleeps six. The rooms have cooking facilities and are modern with an authentic feel to them. The grounds, units and pool are well maintained and with Taloa being so well positioned in Alofi its not hard to see why this property is such a favourite with travellers.
Namukulu Cottages
NAMUKULU COTTAGES
★★★half star
Looking for somewhere special, secluded and peaceful? Relaxation comes easily at this lovely little hideaway. All rooms are perfectly placed to overlook the ocean. Each has a well-equipped kitchen, ceiling fan and a large deck with BBQ, ideal for alfresco dining or simply watching those spectacular sunsets. Some of Niue’s best swimming, snorkelling, caves and chasms are nearby and with bikes available on-site you can easily ride to your favourite swimming spots on a daily. We recommend this place for a chilled out Niuean holiday, its a little piece of paradise.
Scenic Resort Matavai Niue
SCENIC MATAVAI RESORT NIUE
★★★ to ★★★★
If you’re heading to Niue on holiday, chances are you’re the kind of person who appreciates places with a difference, and we’re sure you’ll love this one. Instead of silver sands, you’ll find sea caves, rainforest and mysterious chasms, and a world that centres around the ocean. In fact, ‘Matavai’ means eye on the water (mata - eye, vai - water), and it’s an appropriate name for this wonderful cliff top resort with its sweeping Pacific panorama. Scenic Matavai Resort Niue comprises three properties and has a wide range of room types on offer.





NEED TO KNOW



 
niue

COUNTRY NAME


Niue

Capital

CAPITAL


Alofi

Clock

TIME DIFFERENCE


Current time in Niue
New Zealand is 23 hours ahead of Niue

Currency

CURRENCY


New Zealand Dollar (NZD)

Electricity

ELECTRICITY


Current is 230V, 50HZ. Plug the same as New Zealand

Language

LANGUAGE


English and Niuean

Banking

BANKING


Most businesses have EFTPOS and accept NZ debit cards, Mastercard and Visa. Niue does not have ATMs but Kiwibank is available in Alofi.

Meidcal

MEDICAL


Hospitals are located in Alofi.

Visa Information

VISAS


If you’re travelling on a NZ Passport, a Visa is not required but you are required to have proof of return or onward ticket. If you intend on staying longer than 30 days a visa will be required

Flight times

FLIGHT TIMES


3 hours and 25 minutes from Auckland to Niue, 4 hours and 17 minutes from Wellington to Niue and 4 hours and 45 minutes from Christchurch to Niue.

Air hostess

AIRLINES


Air New Zealand







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