Niue Things to See
Niue is well known for its spectacular limestone caves and the many unique scenic and historical areas throughout the island. A major project is currently underway to improve access, and to provide shelter and signposts for these areas. Local tour operators can take you to all sites and places of interest:
Situated near the track leading from the village of Hakupu
to the sea, this is a well-known chasm with a pool of fresh cool water.
Although it's only five minutes walk from the main road, 1.6km north of Lakepa, this cave is not easy to find. It was originally the home of a dangerous god and there are a few human bones in it. Many pekapeka (bats) live in the cave. A guide is essential. Caves are on private land so a tour of the cave must be booked.
This is where the first canoe landed. There is a fine swimming hole in a cave north of the main cave. The area is occasionally prohibited when Kaloama, a small species of fish prized for food, are running in the pools. No swimming on Sundays here, please. Please check with the Niue Tourism and Information Office, email email@example.com
before venturing here.
One of the most beautiful swimming and snorkelling areas on the northern coast of the island, the crystal clear waters of Limu hold a wide variety of fish life and caves. The waters at Limu are a mixture of fresh and sea water which is also evident during low tide when the water is much cooler. The track to Limu is clearly marked at the northern end of Namukulu Village
. A visit to Limu is a must for all newcomers to the island.
Matapa Chasm (easy)
This well-known scenic attraction is reached by a road continuing from the main road at the foot of Hikutavake Hill. The freshwater stream, entering the chasm below sea level, keeps the water cool and it is a favourite place. It is said that the chasm was used as a swimming place by the kings in the olden days.
This is the site of Captain Cook’s landing in June 1774. He met a hostile reception and was himself nearly hit by a spear. The Niueans retreated after several volleys were fired by the Marines and the landing party returned to the ship.
These caves, about 180m north of Palaha, are notable for their limestone formations.
Peniamina’s grave (easy)
The grave of Peniamina, the Niuean who first brought Christianity to the island, is in a small clearing on the left hand side of the road 5km north of Alofi near Makapu Point.
Talava Arches (hard)
The Arches were probably referred to in Captain Cook’s journal as the variety of curious caverns. At low tide, access may be gained to a large cavern containing good examples of stalactites and stalagmites. A light is necessary to explore this cave. There are many other beaches and caves in the vicinity, but a guide should be taken on the first trip. The track to Talava branches off towards the right of the Matapa access track and is clearly marked. Talava contains a group of spectacular arch formations, one of which was used as a lookout in the old days, to keep watch for impending raids by outsiders.
Togo (moderate to hard)
Everyone should make at least one trip to Togo
which is reached by a track starting about 4km north of Hakupu. After leaving the bush the track descends through a mass of jagged coral pinnacles to a little grassy flat, from where a passage leads off to the edge of a ravine. At the foot of the ravine there is a beach of fine golden sand from which some coconut trees rise, almost reaching the rim of the ravine.
Many stalactites and stalagmites may be found in this cave, which appears to have been used as a dwelling place. It may be reached by a track starting about 800m south of Lakepa.
This is a landing that was used by trading schooners in the early days. The track leads down to the sea from the north-east corner of the Mutalau village green. A Peruvian blackbirder took many Niueans from here in 1860 to work in the guano mines in Chile
. None ever returned.