Nuku'alofa attractions

Top Choice Market in Nuku'alofa

Talamahu Market

Want to see the real of Nuku’alofa? Wander through the aisles at Talamahu, Tonga's main fresh-produce hub. You’ll find produce piled into handmade woven-frond baskets, branches of bananas, colourful pyramids of frui…
Palace in Nuku'alofa

Royal Palace

Encircled by expansive lawns and casuarina trees, the white weatherboard Victorian-style Royal Palace, erected in 1867, is the pinnacle of Tongan grandeur. The palace grounds are not open to visitors, but you can ge…
Church in Nuku'alofa

Centenary Chapel

Royal watchers and rubberneckers (regardless of denomination) head to this towering white church for a glimpse of Tonga's royal family at Sunday service, and to hear the congregation give its vocal chords a workout …
Cemetery in Nuku'alofa

Royal Tombs

Mala’ekula, the large parklike area opposite the basilica, has been the resting place of the royals since 1893. The statue-studded white concrete tomb complex is off limits to the public, but you can peer across the…
Landmark in Nuku'alofa

Basilica of St Anthony of Padua

Nuku'alofa's most distinctive structure is the Basilica of St Anthony of Padua, opposite the Royal Tombs. It has a beautiful interior of stained glass, wooden beams and hand-crafted furnishings.
Landmark in Nuku'alofa

St Mary's Cathedral

St Mary's Cathedral, near Faua Jetty, is worth visiting for its beautiful rose gardens, stained glass and vaulted ceiling.