As the world’s smallest independent nation Niue, located in the Pacific is an island for the adventurous. Not your typical palm-fringed beach, you can discover limestone chasms and caves along the islands rocky coast. There are also underwater caverns to be discovered and some of the most unique dive spots in the Pacific. Lose your self all day in the various pools fringing Niue’s reefs or go fishing in the dark depths surrounding the island.
June to October visitors can witness humpback whales nursing their newborn calves off Avatele and Tamakautoga in the warm waters. Niueans are friendly so be prepared to be greeted by all you meet.
Despite being devastated in January of 2004 by a cyclone, which was incidentally one of the biggest storm ever recorded in the Pacific, Niue has bounced back and visitors are encouraged to visit throughout the year.
Getting There and Around
There are two ways to visit the island by air or by sea. There is currently no regular passenger ship service to Niue however several cruise ships visit on a yearly basis. Yachts visit from April to December away from the cyclone season and there is no accessible pier on the island except the Niue Yacht Club (www.niueyachtclub.com). If you chose to go by air, Air New Zealand operates direct flights departing Auckland on Friday night and arriving in Nuie early Friday morning after crossing the International Date Line.
When to Go and Weather
It is best to visit Niue from May to October, when the temperatures are lower and there is less rainfall. Average daytime temperature is 27°C from May to October and 30°C from November to April. December to March is the cyclone season.