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Niue, a self-governing state in free association with New Zealand, is one of the nicest little getaway islands in the South Pacific. Most of the 1,400 inhabitants live along the 40-mile road around the island which is almost completely surrounded by high coastal cliffs. The cracks and crevices in these limestone cliffs are Niue's main attraction with good swimming in some and excellent hiking to others. The caves at the Arches of Talava in the northwest and the coral pinnacles and pools of Togo Chasm in the southeast are scenically superb. Many of Niue's 29 species of birds can be seen in the rainforests of the Huvalu Conservation Area. It's ...

Niue, a self-governing state in free association with New Zealand, is one of the nicest little getaway islands in the South Pacific. Most of the 1,400 inhabitants live along the 40-mile road around the island which is almost completely surrounded by high coastal cliffs. The cracks and crevices in these limestone cliffs are Niue's main attraction with good swimming in some and excellent hiking to others. The caves at the Arches of Talava in the northwest and the coral pinnacles and pools of Togo Chasm in the southeast are scenically superb. Many of Niue's 29 species of birds can be seen in the rainforests of the Huvalu Conservation Area. It's also very pleasant to walk along the quiet seaside road observing the local lifestyle. The villages are closer together on the west coast and small stores and snack bars provide places to stop. Niue's bank, post office, and house of parliament are in Alofi village just above the only maritime landing. Visitors stay in a handful of guest houses and one medium-priced resort. About the only way to get to Niue is on the weekly flight from Auckland.

David Stanley
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David Stanley is the author of the Moon guidebooks Fiji, Tahiti, and South Pacific. He has been writing about the Pacific since 1979.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Niue is an island nation located in the South Pacific Ocean. It is commonly known as the "Rock of Polynesia".
  • Language: Niuean, English
  • Currency: New Zealand Dollar
  • Research: Wikipedia | Wikitravel
  • Weather: Rainfall | Daylight
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    The southeast trade winds blow from April to November, the cooler months.