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Niue Travel Guide

Accommodations

Two large hotels and a number of smaller guesthouses and resorts are at your disposal.

For a longer stay, ask around about renting a house by the week or month. However, don't arrive in Niue expecting to rent a house right away as this may not be possible. Have other accommodations booked. Be aware that unexpected complications can arise as the house may have hundreds of owners, and visiting relatives might throw you out!

Camping would be possible on the east coast, but get permission or keep out of sight. For indoor camping, unfurnished houses without hot water in Hakupu village start at NZ$50 a week.

Peleni's Guest House near Swan Jessops, just south of central Alofi, has three rooms with shared bath, cooking facilities, and color TV, plus a three-bed family room. Everything is clean, well maintained, and quiet. It's handy to swimming spots at Utuko and the wharf. They rent cars/vans to guests. Airport transfers are free.

Kololi's Guest House, 150 meters inland from the Commercial Center in central Alofi, has three standard rooms including a family room upstairs. Three two-bedroom, self-catering units are available next door. Your hosts provide convenient communal cooking, laundry facilities, and TV in this stylishly designed guesthouse. Meals can be ordered.

Poolside at Namukulu Cottages & Spa.

The Namukulu Cottages & Spa, at Namukulu nine km north of Alofi, has three self-catering bungalows with fridge, TV, and sea views. A swimming pool is provided and three of Niue's finest reef-swimming spots are nearby.

The Coral Gardens Motel, at Makapu Point six km north of Alofi, has five wooden clifftop bungalows with cooking facilities and excellent views. A monthly rate is offered. Sails Bar is on the premises, and there's an excellent swimming hole at the foot of the cliff for the agile and adventurous.

The stylish Matavai Resort, perched on a precipice at the south end of Tamakautonga village, 10 km south of Alofi, was built in 1996 with New Zealand aid money. A collection of tapa and local crafts is displayed on the walls. Luckily, Heta did no damage here. The 22 rooms have fridge, movie channel TV, and seaview balcony in two-story blocks. The six rooms with air conditioning are the only air-conditioned accommodations on the island. Breakfast is charged extra. Specials may be available when business is slow. The dramatic location has made the managers reluctant to accept children under 12, who might be endangered, and parents or guardians are asked to sign a liability release. The resort features a restaurant, bars, two cliffside swimming pools, and a huge terrace from which you may spot dolphins, turtles, or humpback whales. Several nights a week local cultural groups provide entertainment here, especially after the Saturday night barbecue. Bicycles, golf clubs, and tennis rackets are loaned free.

Two furnished houses are available for rent through Niue Holiday Homes. Both houses have a fully-equipped kitchen, television, toilet, and shower. The Aliluki South House is close to Alofi and can accommodate up to six persons. The smaller Vekula Holiday Home at Avatele is near a beach and would suit those interested in swimming, snorkeling, and exploring. Aside from these, other houses on Niue are also available.