It is believed that the island has been inhabited for the last thousand years. With little written records of its history up to the point New Zealand governance entered the picture, a great deal of this island’s past remains a murky mystery.
When English navigator, Captain James Cook attempted landing on the island in 1774, he was thrice refused entry. The Captain then, quite bitterly, named the island “Savage Island”.
Today, the island of Niue self-governs in free association with New Zealand. The current inhabitants of the island are believed to be descended from migrants of the pacific and Polynesian. The gateway to this once elusive and private island is Niue Airport, also known as Hanan International Airport.
This island nation’s airport first began operating in 1970. The airport has only one small terminal, and serves only one airline, Air New Zealand. Air New Zealand flies to Niue Airport twice a week, departing from Auckland on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and departing from Niue on Tuesdays and Fridays.
The Niue Airport is situated five minutes away from Alofi, the island nation’s capital.
Arrival and departure from this airport is very straightforward. The airport is mainly used by natives, and most seats on flights are occupied by the locals. Visitors and tourists staying for less than 30 days do not need a visa. Upon departure, there is a compulsory Departure Tax payable in cash for all departing passengers aged 13 and above.
Services and Facilities
Due to the limited number of passengers Niue Airport sees through its doors annually, the airport has no duty-free, banks, currency exchange, or any other services and amenities we have come to expect from airports. For any duty-free products, passengers will need to make their purchase before boarding their flight from Auckland International Airport.
The duty-free allowance of Niue Airport is a maximum of 3.5 litres of alcohol, and one carton of cigarettes. For anything you might need or want on your way to your destination, it is best to be prepared and pack accordingly. You will not get the chance to buy anything until you reach the city centre or your hotel.
Despite the size of the airport and the lacking in amenities and services, the island nation has plenty to offer in terms of things to do, attractions, as well as food and dining. To get you started, you may want to find out if your hotel provides airport transfers. Most hotels provide this service, some for a small fee, others for free.
There are taxis available, but hours are erratic and dependent on demand. Not your safest bet in terms of transport. Car rental services are available, but you are advised to book in advance, and perhaps arrange for the vehicle to be at the airport when you arrive which will make things easier for you. Additional fees may apply.
Do not let the island’s simple airport deter you; Niue is an island getaway that is ideal for getting away from the crazy pace and noise of metropolitan cities.
IMPORTANT! Information is correct as of 27 August 2014 and is subject to change. Please always check Niue Airport website for the latest update of the following information.