Niue is an island country situated in the South Pacific Ocean, a self-governing state in free association with New Zealand. It is located within the triangle formed by the Independent State of Samoa to the north, the Kingdom of Tonga to the west, and the Cook Islands to the east, about 2,400 kilometres northeast of New Zealand. It has a land area of 260 square kilometres. The capital city of Niue is Alofi. Niue is the world's first "Wi-Fi nation", meaning free wireless Internet access is provided throughout the country courtesy of the Internet Users Society-Niue.
What to see & do
Whale watching and swimming with dolphins - Plan your trip to Niue during the annual Humpback Whale migration to witness these majestic creatures in their natural habitat. It is also possible to swim with these gentle giants. While there is no definite schedule, the humpback whales normally arrive from July to October each year. The waters around Niue are also home to large pods of spinner dolphins.
Diving/snorkelling - The waters around Niue is a diver's paradise, as there is no sediment in the water and visibility can be up to 80 metres. Buccanneer Adventures Niue Dive rents out high quality equipment, including underwater cameras, so divers can explore the caverns, caves, and coral reefs of Niue.
Biking - Niue has numerous mountain bike tracks for cycling enthusiasts or even those who simply want to go for a leisurely stroll. There is also an annual race that takes place in June and welcomes even visitors. The event is called the Rally of the Rock, and involves speeding bush tracks and along sealed roads.
Play golf - Near the airport is a nine-hole golf course that is open to visitors. Clubs for rent are available at the Visitors Center.
Explore caves and go on tours - If you're not too confident to explore underwater caves, Niue also has a spectacular above-water cave system in its coastline. These caves can be explored without a guide, but for the more challenging caves, guided tours can be arranged through the Visitor Information Center. Some tours also provide the option to take a coastal tour on a glass bottom boat, or to engage in an eco-friendly tour through the island's rich tropical rainforest.
How to get around within Niue
The island is small enough not to have a public transport system. Travellers would either have to rent a vehicle or a bicycle. The island can be toured by car in 40 minutes, while cycling around the island can take three hours. Hitchhiking is easy and safe in Niue. It is also safe enough to walk in and around the villages and towns, which is a great way to really interact with the locals and learn the culture.
How to get there
Niue International Airport, also called Hanna International Airport, is the only airport in the island nation. It is located about two kilometres southeast of the town of Alofi. Air New Zealand is currently the only airline that offers flights to Niue; flights depart from Auckland Airport on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and depart from Niue on Tuesdays and Fridays.