Lighthouses of Niue

Niue (pronounced "new-ay") is an isolated Polynesian island country located in the South Pacific east of Tonga, south of Samoa, and west of the Cook Islands. The island is about 18 km (11 mi) in diameter, surrounded by a coral reef. The population on the island is about 1400. Niue is described as a "self-governing state in free association with New Zealand," not a colony but not quite an independent nation. The village of Alofi, on the west coast, is the capital.

The territory has no traditional lighthouses, but there are several minor lights. It is likely that Maritime New Zealand has assisted in the installation and maintenance of these lights.

Admiralty numbers are from volume K of the Admiralty List of Lights & Fog Signals. U.S. NGA List numbers are from Publication 111.

General Sources
Niue Map
A useful general map of the island.
Online List of Lights - Niue
Coming soon: photos by various photographers posted by Alexander Trabas.

Alofi Range Rear Light
Range Front Light, Alofi, September 2013
photo copyright Adam and Cindy, SV
Bravo; used by permission

* [Alofi Range Lights]
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 15 m (49 ft) front and 24 m (79 ft) rear; continuous red lights. 9 m (30 ft) framework structures carrying a trapezoidal daymark painted on both sides with red and white horizontal bands. A photo of the front light is above and both lights are seen just right of center in a distant view from the sea, but the small structures are hard to see in Google's satellite view. The range guides vessels through the pass in the coral reef. The wharf is known as Sir Robert's Wharf after Sir Robert Rex, the nation's first prime minister. These lights were dropped from the NGA List in 2015. Located at the base of the wharf at Alofi. Site open. Admiralty K4656.1; ex-NGA 3160.

Information available on lost lighthouses:

Notable faux lighthouses:

Adjoining pages: North: Samoa | East: Cook Islands | West: Tonga

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Posted May 8, 2014. Checked and revised October 11, 2019. Lighthouses: 0. Site copyright 2019 Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.