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We split our week in Niue into two accommodation places and this worked really really well for us. We had a week in northern Niue and did all the sights there and then moved to Matavai resort for 3 nights. We wouldnt have wanted to be at Northern Niue or Matavai the whole time (driving those pot hole roads is very very slow and tiring). We also loved to finish our holiday with air cond and a bit of pampering with cocktails by the pool and relaxation.

You will need a rental car. You can purchase your drivers licence tue- thurs from the police station. No rush to get it done.

On arrival go to telecom niue to arrange sim or wifi access if you are not at an accommodation provider that has wifi (Matavai does), but we had to buy data for Anaiki.

We took our own food for the first three days but the new supermarket has everything. Note - alcohol is cheaper in Niue than what we pay in Nelson. Three bottles of wither hills marlborough wine for $40 (costs us about $20 for one at home). So dont bother taking alcohol.

We took two chilly bins in as we had plenty of baggage allowance and it wasnt any extra cost for us. We went through inspection by just asking if we had any honey. We didnt. But I had everything in original packaging and supermarket receipts for all. We had milk, meat, spreads, bread, noodles, potatoes, kumara, tomatoes, carrots, lettuce and lots of cheese, crackers, dips, nuts etc.

The coconut bread from the petrol station is really good with niuean honey, but you can also buy from the bakery.

This was our second trip to Niue so we already had a good layout of the land and the country.

My favourite place is snorkelling at Avaiki Cave. You go through the cave and then at the bottom go right around the rocks and a stunning snorkelling cave is there. Its accessible at mid to low tide (depending on swell). But the awesome reef pools in front to the right are only accessible at low tide.

We visited Avaiki cave three times.

Limu Pools, Matapa chasm and Hikutavake reef pools are best done when the sun is shining as the wonderful colours are so more beautiful. Try and do Matapa close to midday for the best light. Limu can be done any tide, but I prefer mid tide. Go to the big pools on the left and then over the rock path to the arch pool on the right.

Hikutavake reef pools can only be accessed at low tide (or an hour side of low tide). The big pool in front is most popular, but I prefer the coral gardens in the next pool. The third pool is the very best for swim throughs, chasms etc.

Palaha cave and Talava Arches are dry walks so you can go any tide. Just wear good shoes on them both as the ground is uneven.

We moved to Matavai Resort and loved the cocktails by the pool. And then explored the awesome Togo chasm (definitely wear good shoes as it is razor sharp coral), Anapala Chasm was another good spot and we took our torches and swam in the freshwater chasm. An’apai point blowholes are a good place to visit. And of course Avatele beach snorkelling and washaway cafe on a Sunday.

Kai ika is a great spot for meal, Crazy Uga has the best coffee and Falala Fa the best meals (always have fresh fish, but the thai chicken salad is good too). I also enjoyed the tuna katsu at the dolphin restaurant at Matavai.

We did lots of the sea access walks around the island as well. We did lots of snorkelling, diving (including night dive with magical niue) and saw dolphins everyday at matavai. No whales, but having been to Tonga a few times whales are thousand times better in Tonga from my experiences.

We all agreed splitting the accommodation in two was great. A good mix of pampering and also exploring.

Definitely take your own reef shoes and snorkelling gear. The hospital system very good.

cheaper to go to the doctor than in NZ.

The only downside was the loss of a special gift mask and snorkel. Left at Avatele and we went back less than 15 mins later and it was gone. This is not usual in Niue (we left our unit unlocked) so it was probably not locals who picked it up. Gear is often found and left for collection. But this was a very nice dive mask and carbonfibre set which had sentimental value.

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Very nice trip report. Thanks for writing.

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Thank you for this review and info!!

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