Niue standing tall & alone
an enigma waiting to be explored
Niue stands out from its Pacific neighbours - which isn’t difficult considering it towers 30 metres above sea level and, at 261 square kilometres, dwarfs many other islands. But physical stature aside, Niue really is different.
From the sea, there is little to suggest much has changed on the island since the first Polynesian explorers arrived more than 1000 years ago. Development has been small scale and largely confined to the capital Alofi. The closest Niue gets to skyscrapers is a handful of two-storey buildings.
Beauty is more than skin deep on Niue. It’s more than the alluring reef pools, romantic sandy coves and lush rainforests. It goes beyond the jagged limestone pinnacles standing in stark contrast to the purest of blue seas.
Unquestionably, Niue has natural beauty in abundance - but its real attraction can only be experienced by spending time on this remote tropical island.
It permeates every sense, every fibre of our being from the moment we step onto the tarmac, until we regretfully wave goodbye - already planning our return trip.
It’s the understated simplicity of a life unsullied by mass consumerism, the calmness of a daily pace directed by nature, the pride that comes from working in the hot tropical sun to provide for the family.
Niueans have managed to blend modern conveniences with traditional customs in a way that is practical yet charming. Handmade canoes (vaka) still launch alongside the faster tinnies, both vying for the treasured catch of wahoo or tuna and both equally likely to be successful in their ventures.
Despite having a population of less than 2000, sprinkled around 13 coastal villages, Niue boasts an international airport that hosts two flights a week from Auckland.
Crime is virtually unheard of.