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Niue

Niue is a small island nation located in the South Pacific Ocean, known for its rugged coastline, coral reefs, and pristine clear waters, making it a perfect destination for snorkeling and diving. It’s one of the world's smallest independent countries, with a tight-knit community that values its Polynesian culture and traditions, despite having a population of just around 1,600 people.

Niue is self-governing in free association with New Zealand, meaning its citizens are also New Zealand citizens, and the country uses New Zealand dollars as its currency.

Day plans

Spend a day exploring around

day 1

Exploring the Caves

morning:Explore the Anapala Chasm and take in the stunning natural beauty. Don't forget to bring your camera to capture the incredible views. Enjoy a delicious breakfast at Tavana's Cafe, known for their fresh fruit and coffee.

afternoon:Visit the Talava Arches and be amazed by the impressive rock formations. Take a swim at Avaiki Cave and cool off in the crystal clear waters. For lunch, try the local specialties at Washaway Cafe whilst enjoying the ocean breeze.

evening:Head to Tamakautoga for a traditional 'Umu' feast and experience the local culture through food and dance. Don't miss the opportunity to join in and dance under the starry Niuean sky.

day 2

Coastal Adventure

morning:Embark on a coastal walk from Hio Beach to Matapa Chasm and soak in the breathtaking ocean views. Make sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and bring plenty of water. Grab a quick bite at Kaiika Restaurant before continuing your adventure.

afternoon:Snorkel at the Limu Pools and discover the diverse marine life of Niue. Be on the lookout for colorful fish and unique coral formations. Enjoy a relaxing lunch at Coral Gardens Restaurant and savor the fresh seafood dishes.

evening:Experience a magical sunset at Avatele Beach and unwind with a refreshing drink at The Crazy Uga. The laid-back atmosphere and oceanfront setting make it the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the night.

day 3

Cultural Discovery

morning:Explore the Togo Chasm and take a refreshing swim in the secluded rock pool. Immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of Niue at the Taoga Niue Museum. Indulge in a delightful brunch at Falala Fa Cafe, famed for their coconut and pineapple pancakes.

afternoon:Take a guided tour of the Huvalu Forest Conservation Area and learn about the native flora and fauna. Discover ancient petroglyphs and marvel at the natural wonders of the forest. Enjoy a scrumptious lunch at Dolphin Restaurant, specializing in traditional Niuean cuisine.

evening:Experience a mesmerizing cultural show at the Matavai Resort and witness traditional dancing and music. After the show, head to Crazy Uga for a fun-filled night of dancing and socializing with locals and fellow travelers.

day 4

Adventure in the Jungle

morning:Embark on a thrilling jungle trek in the Huvalu Forest and be surrounded by lush vegetation and exotic bird species. Don't forget to bring insect repellent and wear comfortable hiking gear. Enjoy a satisfying breakfast at Falala Cafe to fuel your adventure.

afternoon:Discover the breathtaking sights of the Hikulagi Sculpture Park and admire the unique sculptures set amidst the natural landscape. Take a break for lunch at Washaway Cafe and revel in the laid-back atmosphere and ocean views.

evening:Join a guided night walk in the Huvalu Forest and experience the enchanting beauty of the forest after dark. Immerse yourself in the sounds of nature and enjoy an unforgettable nocturnal adventure.

Niue Famous Food

Must-Try local dishes

Ika Mata

This is a traditional Niuean dish made with raw fish marinated in coconut cream, lime juice, and other seasonings. It's a must-try for seafood lovers. You can find it at local village feasts or at restaurants like Washaway Cafe and Kaiika Restaurant.

Must-Try!

Takihi

Takihi is a popular Niuean dish made by wrapping fish in taro leaves and cooking it in coconut cream. It's a unique and flavorful dish that can be enjoyed at various village gatherings and cultural events.

Food Markets & Street Food

A food market and street food guide

Niue Makete

Niue Makete is the local food market where you can find fresh produce, coconuts, tropical fruits, and homemade dishes. It's a great place to experience the local food scene and interact with the friendly Niuean people.

Taloa

Taloa is a popular Niuean street food made of deep-fried dough, often served with coconut syrup or jam. You can find it at various food stalls in the villages, especially during cultural festivals and markets.

Dietary Restrictions

Navigating dietary restrictions locally

Vegetarian and Vegan Options

While traditional Niuean cuisine heavily features seafood and meats, many restaurants and cafes offer vegetarian and vegan adaptations of local dishes, as well as international fare with plant-based choices.

Vegetarian, Vegan

Gluten-Free Choices

Niuean cuisine incorporates gluten-free staples like taro, yam, and coconut, making it relatively easy to find gluten-free options. Additionally, many eateries are accommodating to specific dietary needs and can offer suitable alternatives.

Gluten-Free

Restaurants & Cafés

Best places to eat and drink in Niue

Kaiika Restaurant

Kaiika Restaurant offers a diverse menu featuring Niuean and international cuisine. The oceanfront setting provides a picturesque backdrop for enjoying local dishes and fresh seafood.

Washaway Cafe

Washaway Cafe is a charming eatery known for its laid-back atmosphere and delicious Ika Mata. It's a great place to savor authentic Niuean flavors while gazing at the breathtaking ocean views.

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