Radio, Moorings, Chart, Fees.
Written by NYC Committee 2006
Last updated Sept 5th 2017
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YACHT ARRIVAL IN NIUE 2017
$ As of 2017 Yacht Visit Fees $
You do NOT come alongside the wharf for clearance!
NYC Yacht Visitor Fee for 2017 onward here on Niue is $NZ20 per night per yacht regardless of the length. For this daily fee, we provide moorings, free access to a building on the wharf with toilet, hot water shower; hand washing clothes facilities.
The NYC makes a payment to the Government for the services they provide on the wharf; lighting, an electric winch for lifting tenders out while ashore, safe drinking water, and rubbish/trash removal.
A Departure Fee of $NZ 80.00 per person over age 12 is also required by the Niuean Government and this is payable at the Customs Office when you clear for departure. This is a Government of Niue cost recovery tax as four officials attend the initial clearance on the wharf. Customs, Immigration, Quarantine and Health officials all have documentation to be completed. On final clearance, one Customs official will provide you with a printed certificate specifically for your vessel as proof of departure from Niue.
While this is a significant increase on the current departure tax that has been in place for six years, it is often acknowledged by our previous visitors, how professional, efficient and courteous our Niuean officials are.
You can download Arrival Forms from our website.
Electronic payments and EFTPOS facilities on Niue.
There is no facility for currency exchange here, but “Kiwibank” provides NZ cash withdrawals up to a maximum of $NZ 1,000.00 per day on VISA and MASTERCARDS only. There is a 3% surcharge for this service.
Most restaurants, Liquor Bond store, supermarkets and the Niue Yacht Club accept the above cards as well.
Due to Niues unforgiving coastline, you are advised to approach during daylight.
There are no shore lights even from villages to aid locating the island.
The east shore is deep with a vertical coral wall up to the cliffs. Your depth sounder will not give any warning of the coast.
A yacht was wrecked on our east coast in October 2006 despite using GPS fortunately there was no loss of life.
If you have radar, use it to check your distance off. Good image can be received 10+ miles out.
Arrive at WPs not before 1 hour after sunrise so you can visually check your distance off.
Check and re-check your WP entry into your GPS as mistakes have been made and proved costly!
You use the mooring understanding that we take all due care but can assume no responsibility or liability for you using Niue moorings. Picking up a mooring places decision knowing risks on the Yacht and its crew. You will be asked to sign a disclaimer when signing into NYC. Please report any issues you find with moorings via vhf radio or in writing to NYC office on Niue.
Moorings cannot be booked/reserved.
We have forms and information to speed up your arrival procedure through Customs under ‘Arrival” Menu.
Once in Alofi Bay, call:
NIUE RADIO (24 hrs) on VHF Ch 16 to advise your arrival. They will contact Customs and make arrangements for you to clear. Please wait for instructions before attempting to come ashore as Niue Customs are very strict about this.
NIUE YACHT CLUB have a radio watch on VHF Ch 16. Call, and then change to Channel 10 for mooring allocation, advice and other help.
Message from our Mooring Master.
Please use your own line to tie up to our moorings. Pass your line through the thimble, which the pickup float is attached to and leave the pickup float in the water. Pass line through thimble AND BACK ON TO YACHT TO ALLOW QUICK DEPARTURE IN A BLOW.
LANDFALL FROM THE NORTH
Approach northerly WP (18º 54″ 70′ and W 169º 50″ 90′) with south in you heading.
FROM THE SOUTH
Approach southerly WP (S 19º 12″.00′ and W 169º 52″.70′) with north in your heading.
2.5 Nm, 000º north of the most northerly headland of Niue.
18º 54″ 70′ and W 169º 50″90′
2.5 Nm, 180º south of the most southerly headland of Niue (Limufuafua Point)
S 19º 12″ 0′ and W 169º 52″ 70′
( The Niue Yacht Club is indebted to Richard, skipper of The Lady in White for taking the time to provide this information.)
If you don’t follow these recommendations, be reassured by observations of one not so fortunate… “If you must be shipwrecked we recommend Niue with its unbeatable scenery, wonderful people and tropical climate. Happy Friday folks!”
Radio communication. A 24 hour service is provided by Telecom Niue contacted on ZKN Niue Radio on 6215 as part of maritime safety surveillance in the South Pacific area. Can request to go to 4125 for better reception.
When yachts are on the Alofi side of the island and about 5 miles out they can contact Niue Radio on Channel 16.
Niue Radio will contact Customs, Health and Quarantine services to arrange for clearance.
The Niue Yacht Club also has a VHF watch, but because of few volunteers currently available, this VHF contact may not always be responded to.
Call sign ‘Yacht Club’.
As at 1/09/17. There are a total of 17 moorings in total. All current moorings are 25 mm twisted polyester rope with a stainless steel pick up eye through the mooring buoy. These are designed for yachts up to a 23 tonne limit.
There was ONE heavy duty mooring designed for yachts up to a maximum of 45 tonnes but this has been lost due to a captain of a 250 tonne super yacht mooring on this location and subsequently dragging this out to sea where it was dropped in 60 metres of water and is still to be recovered.
The current location of the Radio Base station VHF does not have a “visual” of the mooring field.
Taking up a mooring.
Locate any open mooring and pass your yacht’s. Line through the eye and back to secure on your yacht.
Other yachts already on the mooring field may guide you onto an available mooring.
If no moorings available, you must anchor directly off the wharf in a large sandy fan there. Depth 29 to 45 metres.
Anchoring elsewhere it is likely you will damage existing coral regrowth. This occurred on 25/08/17 and caused considerable friction between Yacht Club and Government. If not sure ASK!
Clearance by Customs
Clearance by Customs is possible from 9am 3pm Monday to Friday. It may be possible to arrange a Customs clearance over the weekend. Arrangements through Niue Radio on Ch 16.
Clearance must be gained before coming ashore on Niue.
Approach to Niues wharf.
Although there are navigation lights marked on most charts. There are no navigation lights on any towers as you approach Niue. There are two “leading lights” marking the approach to the wharf and can be seen for a distance seaward. However these may be “masked” by the bright lights mounted on the wharf derrick that illuminate the landing area where tenders and fishing boats are lifted out.
Other than FADs [Fish Aggregation Devices] there are no obstructions or dangers around Niue, the sea floor drops away to a depth of hundreds of meters close to shore around the whole island.
There are two FADs one to the North of the wharf and one to the south. They are approximately 1 km north or South of the wharf.
All moorings are marked by large orange floats on the lines with an adjacent pick up. Our top priority is the safety of all moorings, and all lines are removed at the end of each cruising season, checked and replaced if necessary. In between times, a regular visual check is carried out by our Mooring Master.
15 NYC moorings are South of the wharf and 2 moorings north of the wharf.
Please Note Very Important and To Be Followed!
An electric winch and tender parking area is on the wharf at the landing.
Tender park alongside landing area.
Please use designated areas for parking your tenders.
Obstruction of this landing area causes delays, frustration and complaints to the NYC.
Tender trolley available. Please unload your tender and leave free for the next visitor.
Keep clear of landing area under winch.
Please return winch arm and lower hook to 1.8m (6 feet) above sea level, to be readily available for the next boat coming in.
Keep tender speeds down, especially at night time, because of wake created effecting vaka (canoe) fishermen out on water.
Facilities at the wharf.
Toilet and shower facilities up from the wharf.
Solar panels are installed and our visitors will be able to have hot showers. A laundry tub/hand basin is also installed in this area as well. A key can be obtained from the Tourism Office in the Town Center. $NZ20 is required, for this use for this facility during your visit. $15 is paid to Govt for water use and payment of our cleaner. $5 will be refunded when the key is returned.
Diesel or petrol currently around $NZ 2.75 a litre is available from Central Services and delivery to the wharf can be arranged for a small additional fee. Yachts must supply their own fuel containers. Bulk refueling may be possible, but is very difficult because of sea conditions in the channel.with the yacht moored alongside
Fresh water is also available on the wharf. Your ship’s jerry cans will be needed for this transfer. No charge to Yacht crews, but NYC does make an annual payment for water use to the Niuean Govt.
Bins for depositing rubbish.
The Department of Agriculture has placed bins on the wharf at the landing site. All of this rubbish is burnt or buried because of quarantine regulations. A one off fee of $NZ15 is payable to Quarantine officials for this service. PLEASE DO NOT THROW LITTER OVERBOARD. Surely this goes without saying but an increasing number of thoughtless crew are doing just this and littering the reef below. Again this causes trouble for the NYC’s reputation.
Wifi and Internet access.
Currently not available access on yachts. Access is available ashore at Telecom in the Town Centre – an ADSL link is available at a cost per hour. Free wifi at NYC HQ. Not fast but it does work.
Town center is 200 meters from the wharf.
Parking on the wharf. Please note!
There is much more demand for space on our wharf than previously.
Rental cars must be parked up in the adjacent town parking area 200 metres above the wharf.
Cars have been left locked and blocking emergency use of wharf. One car was lost with a storm surge over wharf surface. Locked cars blocking access will be lifted out of the way, with the potential for damage, with no responsibility accepted by the govt agencies. Please be warned – a very costly occasion for recent yacht crews.
So unload at the wharf and move your car to this safe area in the town car park.
Amenities in the town center.
Opposite the wharf egress, Electronic banking available through a“Kiwibank” agency here. $NZ – no ATM’s but EFTPOS in many places and credit cards are widely used. Mastercard and Visa only.
No foreign currency exchange possible.
Cash advances possible in $NZ using Mastercard and Visa only.
Postal banking services also available through the Kiwibank agency.
Telecom office in the town square.
Other internet services apposite the Police Station.
The Country Niue.
Affectionately known as ‘the rock of Polynesia’, is one of the largest upraised coral atoll in the world. A single land mass in the center of a triangle of Polynesian islands, made up of Tonga, Western Samoa and the Cook Islands. Niue is located 2400 km north-east of New Zealand, on the eastern side of the International Dateline and is 11 hours behind Greenwich meantime.
The island isolation and coral makeup create an exciting rugged coastline and reef which provides intimate swimming coves as opposed to the typical long stretches of sandy beaches so predominant elsewhere in Polynesia. The landmass of Niue is 259 sq. km, and 13 villages are found along Niues 67-km circle island road. The main city is Alofi that has a supermarket, commercial center, information center, travel agent, and other amenities all in walking distance from the wharf.
Niue lies in the zone of the Southeast trades. Average temperatures from April through to November is 24 degrees Celsius, December to March is the cyclone season with an average temperature of 27 degrees Celsius and high humidity. Niue has not been hit by a cyclone in recent years, but we have frequent high winds. The weather is generally pleasant all year round. During June to November humpback whales visit Niue on their migration from Antarctica to warmer northern waters and they have been seen to hang around the wharf and yachties have been woken up by the sound of their songs under water.
Diving Information Regulations.
We welcome you to share the wonders of the underwater world that Niue has to offer but we ask that you observe the following regulations:
1. No anchoring of yacht tenders on the reef.
2. Diving on Dive Company sites maybe allowed on the proviso that yachts consult with them first. They are available on VHF Ch 14 when they are diving in the bay otherwise phone them from shore for dive mooring bookings.
3. No more than two yacht tenders on any dive mooring at any time.
4. No yacht tender is to join the dive boat at a mooring.
5. No spear fishing for ANY Visitors unless they are accompanied by a commercial operator.
6. No taking of anything including any shells alive or dead on SCUBA or SNORKEL and please observe a hands-off approach to the coral and marine life.
7. No diving, boating, fishing or swimming off back of boat on Sundays out of respect for the island’s religious observance, the only exception is tender runs between the yachts and the wharf.
8. Yachties must now follow new regulations re humpback whales. See new regulations posting.
9. Dive operators offer dive trips at discounted rates for yachties. Please contact them on VHF Ch 14.
Beveridge Reef Diving/Fishing
Niue requires you treat Beveridge Reef with the same rules as if you were on a Niue anchorage. That includes spearing and shell collecting.
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It may be used for asking about topics such as:
– Advising Niue of your size, tentative arrival date, (Not Compulsory).
– Obtaining parts or having parts etc sent to Niue. Usually not viable unless you really need them.
– Issues you may be having or may need assistance with.
– Topics you may not wish to discuss over the radio.
NOTE – No moorings can be ‘booked/reserved’ as it is first come first served. However we can let you know how full mooring field is and suggest best mooring to go to for your size. ‘Niue Radio’ must be contacted before taking any mooring in Alofi.
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