Environment

Don’t expect palm-fringed beaches or languid lagoons in Niue – instead, get set for a jagged landscape of limestone caverns, hidden sea caves and a rocky, untamed coast.

As with all South Pacific islands, tropical cyclones regularly threaten lives and wreak havoc here. Alofi’s southern area was badly damaged by Tropical Cyclone Heta in 2004 and abandoned structures still punctuate the cliff tops. Reconstruction is ongoing across the whole country, but many locals chose not to rebuild and emigrated to New Zealand instead.