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Alofi is the capital of Niue and consists of the two villages: Alofi North and Alofi South where the government headquarters are located. It is located at the centre of Alofi Bay on the west coast of the island, close to the only break in the coral reef that surrounds Niue. The bay stretches for 30% of the island's length (about seven kilometres) from Halagigie Point in the south to Makapu Point in the north.

Photo of mooring field at Alofi from Niue Yacht Club website.

Potential Navigation Hazard

Approaching Niue there are two FAD positions for Alofi Bay. These fish aggregation rafts are lying low in the water and are unmarked. They are  moored in 300 metres of water and while the GPS location is for the concrete attachment blocks below, the rafts swing on a wider arc than these marked positions.  Please be aware of these FADs as there are no other impediments to your safe arrival to Niue.

Position 19° 3'11.80"S, 169° 55'23.16"W (moorings)

Clearance

See full details on the main Niue Clearance page.

Niue Customs Department
P.O. Box 36 , Commercial Centre, Alofi, Niue Island
Tel:(683) 4122 Fax:(683) 4150

Docking

Important Note: The end of May is a busy time here as World ARC stops over and normally moorings are restricted due to cyclone damage. Visiting here from June 1st is recommended in order to ensure mooring availability. See latest news items adjacent for the current situation.

Approach

Although there are navigation lights marked on most charts, some of these north and south of the wharf approach have not been repaired after Cyclone Heta damage. There are two red leading lights that indicate the approach to the wharf and two bright white lights illuminating the wharf area after dark which can be seen for a distance seaward.

See notes above about the FADs in Alofil Bay which should be avoided.

It is advisable to approach in daylight and, if possible, to use radar to establish distance off. Provisions have been made for a night approach - see below - however the FADs are not lit. Depth soundings will offer no help due to the steep-to nature of the coast.

The Niue Yacht Club website has some useful aerial photographs of the mooring field, anchorage and wharf.

Anchorages
Anchoring is discouraged because of the seabed topography where anchors can get into crevices etc.

Moorings

Currently the Yacht Club is down to 15 moorings (from 20) because of storm damage in the seabed block area. Through a fund-raising drive they hope to reinstate all 20 moorings eventually. Moorings are installed in April and removed in November for cleaning, checking, repairing and replacing.

During rally visits throughout the cruising season there is limited availability. Whilst advance booking is not possible, it's worth contacting the NYC in advance of your arrival to check no big fleets are due in.

Moorings are available at $20NZ per night.

All moorings for Niue Yacht club are regularly inspected and photographed. The moorings are approx. 5 ton concrete blocks with polyester lines and pink pick-up floats. Pass your rope through the stainless steel eye, tie off on board and put the float back in the water.

Note that the far north mooring is a privately owned mooring for a local fisherman and is not available for yacht use.

All mooring buoys have reflective tape on the pick-up float to ensure easier mooring in the dark.

There is also a large Niue Fisheries mooring available all year round that is designed for very large yachts. A $25 per night fee is payable to the Niue Fisheries Department

Contact Niue Yacht Club on Channel 16 (monitored throughout the day) for mooring allocation. You will be asked to go to CH 10 by their operator. Niue Radio also monitor these calls.

Niue is the base for a Sailmail station.

Getting Ashore
Landing with your dinghy can be an interesting experience as there is no beach, just a concrete jetty/wharf (see view from the wharf camera adjacent showing the southern mooring buoys and winch for tenders). Your tender must be lifted out by the dock crane onto the wharf, where there is a trolley for moving it clear of the landing zone. You will need a 3 point bridle for your dinghy.

Last updated May 2017.

Yacht Clubs

There are two washroom units, with solar heated showers, a large Stainless steel basin and "head", situated 100 metres up from the wharf landing, just above the bright blue "Welcome to Niue" sign.

Keys for the shower and toilet block on the wharf are available at Niue Yacht Club HQ who maintain these facilities.

Last updated May 2017.

Niue Yacht Club (NYC)
P.O. Box 50 , Alofi , Niue Island
VHF Channel 16 - ZKN Niue Radio (24 hrs)
The NYC is located at the Niue Backpackers buildings 300 metres south of the wharf. Please register your yacht there. Bring you laptops ashore and "chill out" with free wifi in the lounge.
Mooring fee $NZ20 per night which includes safe moorings. The NYC makes a payment to the Government for the services they provide on the wharf; an electric winch for lifting tenders out while ashore (a 3 point bridle needed), safe drinking water available at the base of the electric winch.
There is a one off $NZ15 Government of Niue quarantine fee for trash removal.This is payable on clearance.
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