21 Idyllic Facts About Niue Island
If you’re planning on spending your holiday here or if you’re lucky enough to be moving here permanently, take a look at these 21 interesting facts about Niue Island to impress the locals with your knowledge!
- Niue Island is a small island in the South Pacific Ocean.
- Its nearest neighbours are Wallis and Futuna to the northwest, Samoa and American Samoa to the north, Cook Islands to the east, Tonga to the southwest and Fiji to the west.
- To enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime swim with the local sea life, head for the coordinates 19.0500° S, 169.9167° W to find yourself on Niue Island!
- The terrain here is dominated by steep limestone cliffs along the coastline, with a wonderful central plateau.
- The total land area of Niue Island is 100 square miles (260 square kilometres)…
- …that’s around the same size as Birmingham!
- Niue Island’s population was 1,190 in 2014…
- …that’s only around 1/1000th of the population of Birmingham!
- In case you were wondering, residents here are known as ‘Niueans’!
- The capital is Alofi; it covers an area of 18 square miles (46.5 square kilometres) and had a population of 1,000 in 2014.
- Niueans enjoy a tropical climate with temperatures staying between 20-30°C almost all year round!
- Wildlife enthusiasts will be excited to know that it’s possible to swim with whales in crystal clear waters off Niue Island’s stunning coastline!
- Whilst history addicts will be interested to know that Niue Island was actually formed by volcanic upheavals around 2-3 million years ago!
- The official languages of Niue Island are Niue and English.
- Niue Island is actually a self-governing state in free association with New Zealand, and, as such, Niueans are classed as New Zealand citizens.
- Thanks to the association with New Zealand, the official currency of Niue Island is the New Zealand Dollar.
- Interestingly, more Niueans live in New Zealand than on Niue Island!
- If you jump in a car and go for a drive around Niue Island you’ll be surprised to find there aren’t any traffic lights!
- Niue Island grows coconuts, limes, yams, tapioca, passion fruit and sweet potatoes; they also rear pigs, cattle and poultry and produce honey.
- Its industry consists of food processing, manufacturing and handicrafts.
- Niue Island exports coconut milk, honey, vanilla, limes, passion fruit, footballs and handicrafts.