Niue, the world’s largest uplifted coral atoll and the world’s smallest independent nation, is an uncrowded, untouristy slice of Polynesia. Niue offers a relaxed, nature-based holiday. It is an unexpected land with genuinely friendly people. A rugged shoreline circles a heavily forested central region and the island is surrounded by an ocean that is quite spectacular with crystal clear waters and an abundance of marine life. Whether you’re snorkelling, fishing or simply gazing at the ocean while enjoying a cool drink, the water clarity will amaze you. With a population of less than 1500 people, you will know half of the island before you leave. Why not join us to this little-visited island?
Depart from Auckland on a morning Air New Zealand flight. Cross the international dateline.
On arrival we have a brief orientation tour before arriving at our hotel for the next seven nights. Dinner at the hotel tonight.
This morning an orientation tour of the Island visiting some of the spectacular coastal areas. Afternoon free for optional activities. This evening we dine at one of the popular local restaurants.
A leisurely mid-morning visit to the local church to hear the singing. For those who wish why not continue on to Avatele beach for a swim, and/or experience a casual meal at the unique ‘Washaway Café’ where many locals spend their afternoon.
Washaway café only opens on Sundays and is possibly the last self-service honesty bar in the world. In its laid-back atmosphere, on a great beach where you can enjoy a cold drink, a burger, panini, fish meal or a pizza.
This morning an optional whale swimming experience (an alternative option will be available for those not participating), before lunch at Fana Café. Afternoon free for optional activities, before we enjoy the King’s Banquet Meal at Kai Ika Restaurant.
Optional Whale Swimming Tour approx. $290 per person ( limited numbers )
Niue, the beautiful Pacific Island, is known for its stunning crystal-clear waters, making it an incredible spot for whale watching. From July to October, humpback whales migrate through these waters, offering a breath-taking spectacle. Massive humpback whales gracefully glide through the deep blue sea, occasionally breaching or slapping their tails against the water’s surface. It’s a mesmerizing sight and swimming with the whales leaves a lasting impression on anyone lucky enough to witness it first-hand. A good level of fitness and the ability to swim comfortably in the ocean is required.
An early start today for those who wish to enjoy an optional fishing charter experience. Later this morning we visit Vaipapahi to see how Vanilla is grown before lunch at their local café. Late this afternoon we join the local bowls club for an evening of relaxed fun.
Optional Fishing Charter Experience approx. $175 per person ( limited numbers )
The deep, clear waters surrounding Niue offer fantastic opportunities for fishing enthusiasts. Fishing can bring exciting encounters with marlin, tuna, mahi-mahi, and other game fish. A 4-5 hour experience will leave you with fishing stories for a life time.
For those who wish there will be an early morning visit to the weekly Market Day (best between 6 & 8am), returning to the hotel for breakfast before departing on a “guided plantation tour” experiencing local crops, a taste of exotic fruits and the chance to hold a coconut crab. After lunch we enjoy a swim at the famous Limu Pools and a walk through the chasm. We return to our hotel for a leisurely evening.
This morning an optional snorkelling trip awaits. (An alternative option will be available for those not participating). We then enjoy lunch together at Fana Café before a relaxing afternoon including a beer tasting at Inu Hake the local brewery. Tonight, we celebrate our final night together with a traditional Niuean Umu Buffet. A night to remember.
Optional Snorkelling Trip approx. $140 per person ( 3 hours – limited numbers )
Niue’s crystal-clear waters are home to various marine life, including spinner dolphins and bottlenose dolphins. There is a resident Spinner Dolphin population in Niue all year round, so if we encounter them we quite often offer swim with them alongside the boat as part of our snorkel tour (dolphins are not guaranteed but a bonus!). On average across the 3 hour tour you would expect to spend approx half that time in the water, the additional time is used for sightseeing. You must be fit and a capable snorkeller to enjoy this tour.
A leisurely morning, time to enjoy a final swim or just relax. Maybe even a last-minute Whale sighting from the hotel which is common this time of year, then transfer to the airport for a mid-afternoon flight back to Auckland. Cross the date line.
• Return ecomony airfares ex Auckland with Air New Zealand
• 7 nights accommodation at the Scenic Matavai Resort in a room of your choice
• 7 Tropical Breakfasts included
• Four dinners included
• Three lunches included
• Island Orientation Tour
• Vanilla Plantation Tour
• Guided Plantation Tour
• Inu Hake Local Brewery tasting
• Welcome and Farewell Dinners
• All transport and transfers on the island
• Two Pukekohe Travel escorts subject to 15 people travelling
|Cost Per Person *
Auckland - Auckland
|Superior Cliff Top
Superior Clifftop Rooms have uninterrupted clifftop views of the Pacific Ocean, watch the marine life from your private patio.
Deluxe Cliff Top
Ground floor Deluxe Clifftop Rooms are the Resort’s newest room offering and have stunning clifftop views of the Pacific Ocean. Set back from the main resort you’ll have space and privacy.
*This is a cash price. Credit cards will incur a 1.5% fee
*Itinerary and costs subject to change, airline and fuel charges and currency fluctuations prior to final payment
• Items of a personal nature
• Travel Insurance is essential (please ask us for a quote)
• Airline and airport taxes (approx $265)
• Items not specified
• A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person will secure a place on the tour
• Full payment is due no later than 12 July 2024
• From the date of booking to 12 July 2024 – loss of deposit
• After 12 July 2024 – no refund
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• A current passport is required, valid six months beyond date of travel
• No visa is required for New Zealand Passport holders
• All other passport holders – please ask
Air Temperature Max Min
Water Temperature 25°c
It is essential you can manage your own suitcase. A bag with wheels is an advantage when travelling through airports.
To ensure the tour is enjoyable for you and others in the group, a good standard of fitness and mobility is required. You must be able to walk along tracks to visit beaches and to explore the inland areas. Mobility frames are not practical or permitted. It is expected you will arrive on tour fit, healthy and ready to travel.
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Optional activities include fishing, golf, bowls, various secluded small swimming bays, numerous sea tracks (walks) to interesting bays, caves and chasms. Browse the shops and café’s of Alofi. Tour some of the roads and inland forest on bicycles (bikes are available at the hotel). While there is no public transport on the Island we will have two mini vans at our disposal and with co-ordination will be used for transport to the various locations.
Niue is a spectacular, rugged, tropical island. There are numerous optional activities available as listed above, but without any public transport it can be challenging to travel around the island. In addition, local knowledge (and our own transport) is key for your chosen dining experience as not all cafes are open 7 days a week.
Included in our escorted tour
• two experienced escorts
• two mini vans at our disposal to use to travel around the island. Our tour escorts will be happy to shuttle you around to visit the four corners of the island
• reservations at local restaurants to provide a range of dining experiences
• recommendations for any optional activities
• optional swimming with the whales, snorkelling trips and fishing charter tours
( including all transfers )
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* Itinerary subject to change