Weather in Niue
location of Niue in the tropics
means weather that varies all year round. It can be dry
for weeks and then cloudy skys comes out from nowhere and the
rain lasts for the whole week. It is really
impossible in Niue to have a slogan similar to the Gold
Coast Australia, which says..." Beautiful today
perfect tomorrow". In Niue, the weather goes more
or less like this.." "Fantastic today don't know
tomorrow". Nobody knows.
has basically two season,
wet and dry, meaning that the chances of raining in one
season is larger than the other, nothing else. Oh yes
there is something else. The chances to have a cyclone
between December and May is much larger than the rest of
the year. It is said that in Niue rains more than
Auckland, and that could be true, but Auckland has much
more grey skys than Niue (the name Aotearoa isn't for
nothing). It really is like a roulette game if you want to count on
good weather or want to know what the best time of the year
travel in Niue, because anything can happen anytime. As an
example, there was a couple who went to Niue at the end of October because it
was still dry season and had an entire week of heavy rain.
On the other hand, we spent two weeks in the middle of November
(limit of the season) and had the most gorgeous days imaginable.
It rained one day and another night and that was it.
are years in Niue
(and around the world) that summer is hotter and drier and
winter is wetter and warmer. One year ahead things are completely
different and everything changes, especially with global
warming on our necks and El Niño, La Niña phenomena swapping
places all the time. In other words, go to Niue at any
time of the year and pray to the gods to give
you nice days there. Winter, between June and September
the weather is milder than summer which is better for
people adapted to cold weathers like people from Invercargill, New Zealand or Finland. In November 2007
(month we were in Niue) the nights were fresh. There was no
need for air conditioning and a single fan in the room was
enough for both of us. We had really pleasant nights and warm enough days to
make the snorkelling time in Limu pools and other wet
activities very prolonged and enjoyable.
to walk on the tracks
or on the road, the sun and heat weren't that bad. A hat
is an advantage, specially if you are bald like I am. A cotton
white T-shirt will keep you fresh under the sun and sun
block is a must any time of the year. Just take it with you
and drink plenty of water if doing tracks or if you are walking a
lot. Just don't dehydrate. (Snorkelling dehydrates you very
much due to the salt in the sea and the physical effort even if
you are not sweating).
many people already
wrote about Cyclone Heta in 2004 and we are not planning
to extend on the subject here, but we will let you know a
couple things you will see with your own eyes during your
visit to Niue.
first one which impressed us a lot was the number of
houses demolished by Heta. Everywhere on the Island you
will see a not so poetic picture of houses broken apart
and left for time to take care of it. The number of
houses that are damaged and abandoned is huge, and gave us a
sensation of sadness. Some are standing by a string,
others have weeds and plants living inside without
roof or side walls. You will see a lot of concrete
bases and nothing else on it. Of course nobody lives
in these houses any longer.
second one regards the corals on the West side of the
Island (The side is badly hit by Cyclone Heta). The bottom
of the sea is literally shaved out of corals. In some
parts they are re-growing, in other parts they aren't too damaged.
(local dive operators know where to find beautiful
corals). On the reef flats we've notice a new
generation rising up from the ashes. This was a good
sensation we had, I mean, seeing that nature is
taking its course and the corals are growing back again.
on the topic, the best
time of the year to go to Niue is anytime along the year.
Between May and November (dry season) is not so hot as
from December to the end of April (wet and cyclone
season). But this doesn't mean that it will not rain during
the dry season, either you will face a cyclone during the
wet season. Only luck and time will tell. Of course
staying two weeks instead of only one will enhance the chances of beautiful
days during two weeks in November 2007. The normal
is for their to be some clouds floating around.
was more than welcome to refresh the Island (and
us). In two weeks we had only two days of rain
Three yeas after the Cyclone, a concrete base is
what is left from a house.
houses are abandoned after Cyclone Heta. The owner
probably moved to New Zealand.