The Pacific Island paradise of Niue, also called “The Rock”, is playing host to two major events this October and November. If you want to experience adventure and history in a Pacific paradise, Air New Zealand’s special holiday packages will make your dream affordable.
Niue is a large, upraised coral atoll with some of the clearest water in the world. It has water clarity of up to 80 metres, creating the perfect conditions for whale and dolphin watching, diving, spear fishing and snorkelling.
Niue offers the best of both worlds for sea and land lovers with a 64km ring road leading to coves and chasms accessed by sea tracks. These and the unique marine life, as well as fishing and diving experiences are just waiting for those with an adventurous spirit to discover.
One hundred years ago this October, fires were lit along Niue’s coast to farewell 150 brave Niuean men who were sailing away in support of New Zealand to fight in World War I.
To honour these brave soldiers, a week-long commemorative program is being held in Niue, including art, cultural and photographic displays. There will also be church services, sport and fishing days and a show day in the village of Avatele. The commemorations will culminate on the Niuean WWI Centenary Memorial Celebration Day on October the 13th.
To help mark the centenary New Zealand is working with Niue to help commemorate the occasion, and a plaque from the New Zealand Government will be unveiled at Tomb Point in the capital of Alofi on October 13, with New Zealand Defence Force soldiers in attendance.
If you are looking for an active holiday, Niue’s ‘The Rockman’ triathlon in November is a week-long event from the 6th till the 13th. The Rockman gives competitors the opportunity to compete in some of the clearest waters in the world. The triathlon will include an ocean swim with Niue’s local dolphins, a cycle through Niue’s tropical bush and run through cheering Niuean villages. From just $999 per person twin share, you’ll receive seven nights’ accommodation, race entry, transfers, breakfast, inclusion in Wildside group activities and the use of the group’s rental cars.
To learn more about going to Niue, please visit the Niue Tourism website: http://www.niueisland.com