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Niue Travel Guide

Key Facts
Area

262 sq km (101 sq miles).

Population

1,229 (2013).

Population density

4.7 per sq km.

Capital

Alofi.

Government

Self-governing territory in 'free association' with New Zealand. (New Zealand retains responsibility for external affairs.)

Head of state

Queen Elizabeth II, represented locally by Governor-General of New Zealand Sir Jerry Mateparae since 2011.

Head of government

Premier Toke Talagi since 2008.

Electricity

240 volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs have three flat, angled pins, as in New Zealand.

Reputedly the world's largest coral island, Niue is an idyllic retreat from the modern world. Its rugged coastline, clear waters and coral reef offer excellent fishing, diving, snorkelling and whale watching. Parakeets, white-tailed terns, weka and other exotic birds live here and butterflies are a common sight darting among the hibiscus and orchids.

Despite the island's remote location, it is rarely short of visitors. At the same time, however, there are only a handful of hotels, so it is never crowded and easy to imagine you have the island all to yourself.

Most of the island inhabitants descend from settlers from Tonga, Samoa and Fiji. The first Europeans reached Niue in the wake of Captain Cook's expedition in 1774. It became a British Protectorate in 1900, and was annexed to New Zealand as part of the Cook Islands. In 1974, Niue was granted 'self-government in free association with New Zealand', making it the smallest self-governing state with that status.

Travel Advice

Most visits to Niue are trouble-free but you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate international terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by foreigners.

This advice is based on information provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. It is correct at time of publishing. As the situation can change rapidly, visitors are advised to contact the following organisations for the latest travel advice:

British Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Tel: 020 7008 1500.
Website: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

US Department of State
Website: http://travel.state.gov/travel

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