Frequently asked questions
Find answers to the most commonly asked questions about Niue.
What do I need to bring?body:
Niue is not designed for retail therapy. There are no malls or cinemas.
If you’re not going to miss these, then you’re going to love Niue!
An adventurous attitude – it’s a must in Niue to get the most out of your time here.
Strong walking shoes for those forest walks and cave tours….while jandals are the norm here some tracks will require a bit more support! If you intend to spend time in the water, reef shoes are essential to protect you from the hard coral.
Don’t forget your sunhat, sunscreen and mosquito repellent – we are in the tropics after all.
If you forget any of this…..don’t panic! It’s available in Niue too.
Why should I go to Niue?body:
TOP 10 Reasons to visit.
#1 SO CLOSE TO HOME YET A WORLD AWAY
Just three hours northeast of New Zealand and you’re a whole world away. Nothing on Earth comes close to Niue.
#2 ARRIVE AS A VISITOR AND LEAVE AS A FRIEND
With a population of less than 1500, you will know half of the island before you leave. There’s no ‘staging’ here - people are welcomed and hosted in a warm, honest and authentic way…the way it should be!
#3 THE EXCHANGE RATE
If you are coming from NZ then there are no hassles or conversions to worry about.
$1 = $1......you cannot lose. For those purchasing in other currencies, the NZ$ offers very good value
#4 THE THINGS NIUE DOSEN’T HAVE IS WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL
No Crime! No Traffic Lights! No Queues! No Crowds! It does however have one of the highest standards of living per capita of the Pacific Islands
#5 TOTALLY UNIQUE GEOGRAPHY
Because Niue is a raised coral atoll, it has a geography and coastline like no other Pacific Island. Its landscape will take your breath away, with surprises around every corner. The cave systems are among the most spectacular and extensive in the South Pacific…above and below water.
#6 WALKS UNMATCHED IN THE WORLD
The variety of walks in Niue will leave you breathless. From virgin rainforest and dramatic caves to rugged coastlines, spectacular views and swimming coves, the well maintained tracks range from 5 minutes to 5hrs and promise surprises around every corner. There are dozens and dozens to explore.
#7 ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCES
Niue is one of the only places in the world where you can swim with whales. You will dive or snorkel with dolphins & turtles with ease in ‘gin’ clear water. You will discover beautiful coral laden coves with abundant marine life…everywhere. Niue is also home to the Uga (Coconut Crab) and an Uga hunt is something you will never forget and won’t experience anywhere else.
#8 FISHING HEAVEN
Catching Sailfish, MahiMahi, Wahoo, Tuna & Pacific Barracuda, just to name a few, all from100 metres off shore is usually unheard of -but that’s the norm in Niue. The fish life is prolific and aided by several FAD’s (Fish Attraction Device’s) in key areas.
#9 BRAGGING RIGHTS
Don’t you just hate it when you have had an amazing holiday yet it seems that the Jones’ down the road have already been there and done that! That’s unlikely to be the case with Niue. You will have people intrigued with your travel stories and photos on return. Be a pioneer of travel and experiences.
#10 THERE IS SO MUCH TO DO
Whilst you will leave feeling relaxed and invigorated, you also won’t want to sit still for long. From once in a lifetime experiences and exploring your adventurous side to walking, swimming, cycling and diving, we guarantee you will be planning your return trip….as there is still so much to do.
Whats the currency?body:
The New Zealand dollar is legal tender in Niue.
A Kiwibank agency is located in the main shopping centre in Alofi. Cash advances will be made available on Visa and Mastercard in Mid May. Its opening hours are Monday to Thursday 9am-3pm and Friday 8.30am-3.00pm. Western Union money transfers are also offered. No ATM’s are currently available on island however a number of businesses do have EFTPOS machines to accept payment and some will provide cash out services. These businesses are: Visitor Information Centre, Swanson's Supermarket, Matavai Resort, Niue Rentals, Alofi Rentals, Pelenis Travel and Central Services, with more to come online in the next couple of months.
The Visitor Information Centre is also able to accept all major credit cards for payment of accommodation, tours and some other essential services. There is a 5% surchage which is incurred for use of this facility.
Everything is in NZ$ but it's also a good idea to bring plenty of cash as you will need it for your departure tax. Do contact us should you require more information on what payment facilities are available.
Tipping – while not expected it is always appreciated.
Whats the language?body:
Niuean and English are widely spoken in Niue. The following Niuean words are handy to learn:
Greetings or hello : Fakaalofa lahi atu
Thank you : Fakaauelahi
Please : Fakamolemole
Eat : Kai
Drink : Inu
Good luck : Kia monuina
A keen sense of adventure and an appreciation for the unspoilt- but don’t forget sunscreen, hat, mosquito repellent, reef shoes, strong shoes.