Tokelau Quick Guide

Tokelau Travel Guide is an oceanic travel magazine dedicated to visitors to the small atoll of Tokelau, located in the southern pacific. Trough its atlas section, Tokelau Guide presents to its readers about everything they need to know about this island paradise. The magazine includes recommendations on what to see and how to travel while in Tofelau. It also features up-to-date information on the current tourism situation in Tofelau/Fukaama. At the back of the magazine is a well-organized gallery with photos and articles contributed by local individuals and businesses.

The small atoll of Tokelau is located approximately forty-five minutes flying time from New Zealand and about two hours by road. Tofelau is now easily accessible via road, sea or air. Tofelau/Fukaama is often referred to as a Polynesian haven. It has a long history of human settlement and offers a sense of the ancient Polynesian cultures, including the Maori and Papuan cultures. Tokelau Travel Guide describes it as "an island paradise hidden in the middle of the Pacific".

The three atolls at Tokelau are officially called the Fukaama Atoll, Tokelau Islands and Kerinnga Atoll. They are located on the west and south coasts of Tokelau Island and comprise about half of the atoll. These small atolls were formerly known as Atua. These names were selected to represent the unique cultural and geological features found at these locations.

There are several things to do at Tokelau. Among them, Tokelau Trips offers visitors the opportunity to explore the beauty of New Zealand's West Coast. New Zealand has become famous for its geothermal wonders, and Tokelau is one of the few places in the world to enjoy hot springs in a safe and natural manner. If you love soaking in warm water, Tokelau may be just the holiday spot you've been looking for.

Travelers who want a closer look at New Zealand's history should visit the ongoing government Atahawk Museum and Gallery. This popular tourist attraction offers an up-close look at the events that occurred during the period of New Zealand's colonial era. In addition to the permanent exhibits, there is an intermittent exhibition that takes place during certain months of the year. The Atahawk Museum offers several other cultural experiences for visitors, including trips to the islands of Vanuatu and Cook Islands.

A complete Tokelau tour is only partially complete without a stop at one of its many atolls. These natural outposts have long provided home bases for adventurous travelers. Island hopping is a favorite pastime among tourists to Tokelau, and there are several excellent atoll options available. Atoll Orca is the best known atoll and is located just north of Tokelau Bay. Atoll Te Puna is also an excellent choice for a deserted island experience, as it lies at the very south tip of the island.

While in the mid-Pacific region, Tokelau tours can also include trips to New Zealand's islands of Vanuatu and Cook Islands. Vanuatu is the first of the islands to be settled by European explorers in the early years of the last century. It later became a significant international trading post and is still home to a number of original towns and villages. Cook Islands is made up of 20 tiny atolls, all of which are well suited for relaxing on a yacht, taking in the scenery or even playing a game of tennis. Tokelau Travel Guide will tell you much more about the islands of New Zealand and Vanuatu, including about the status of their respective currencies and what to expect in terms of tourist infrastructure on each island.

New Zealand is home to the world's largest atoll, Kaitaia, and it is also the country's most densely populated city. There are three atolls within New Zealand the southern most one being Cook Islands. All three atolls feature completely different cultures and are therefore a good place to start your Tokelau Travel Guide. You will also want to take a look at the islands of the same name. They are all home to unique marine wildlife, some of it very rare and special. One of the world's largest populations of albatrosses can be found on the island of Eton, while birds such as the little kiwi and the black duck can be found on the main island of New Zealand.

What vaccinations do I need?

Up to date information for vaccinations before you travel to Tokelau are available from the NHS Fit for Travel website.

Is it safe to travel?

Best time to visit?

The best time to visit Tokelau is from april until december, when you will have a warm temperature and little till mediocre rainfall. The highest average temperature in Tokelau is 29°C in january and the lowest is 29°C in january.

Do I need a Visa?

Tourists don't need a visa for visits of up to 31 days. You must have an onward or return ticket and a valid visa for the next country you are travelling to. If you're staying longer than 31 days in The Cook Islands or Nuie you may needs a visa or entry on arrival permit.

See which forms you may need for entry into Tokelau.

What currency do i need?

The official currency of Tokelau is the New Zealand Dollar (NZD). If you're looking to transfer or spend money in Tokelau you can grab amazing New Zealand Dollar deals via (GBP to NZD).

What about the wildlife?

In spite of its small size Tokelau has two animal species that are native to these islands. The first is a particular type of click beetle called by its Latin name Alaus Constrictus. It is also the home to a ostracod crustacean called Tungucypridopsis lairdi which is found only in the water off the shores of these islands.

What is the traditional food?

Tokelauan food? Ota, marinated raw fish is the national dish of polynesian countries include Tokelau. Although the important ingredients are raw fish, lemon juice and coconut cream/milk, this Tokelauan version also contained cucumber and onion but didn't contain lemon juice.

What Languages are spoken?

Tokelau has two official languages: Tokelauan and English. Over 90% of the population speaks Tokelauan, and just under 60% speak English. You can learn some basic Tokelauan before you travel to Tokelau and really impress the locals!

How much do you tip?

The currency in Tokelau is the New Zealand Dollar (Tipping in Tokelau restaurants isn’t common or expected.).

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