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A hotel in Nukuʻalofa is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Nukuʻalofa hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Nukuʻalofa are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Nukuʻalofa hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Nukuʻalofa hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Nukuʻalofa have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:

Upscale luxury hotels in Nukuʻalofa
An upscale full service hotel facility in Nukuʻalofa that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Nukuʻalofa hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.

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Full service Nukuʻalofa hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.

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Boutique hotels of Nukuʻalofa are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Nukuʻalofa boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Nukuʻalofa may be classified as luxury hotels.

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Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Nukuʻalofa travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Nukuʻalofa focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.

Economy and limited service hotels in Nukuʻalofa
Small to medium-sized Nukuʻalofa hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Nukuʻalofa traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Nukuʻalofa hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.

Guest houses and B&Bs in Nukuʻalofa
A bed and breakfast in Nukuʻalofa is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Nukuʻalofa bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Nukuʻalofa B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

Hostels in Nukuʻalofa
Nukuʻalofa hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Nukuʻalofa hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Nukuʻalofa
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Nukuʻalofa hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Nukuʻalofa lack an on-site restaurant.

Timeshare and destination clubs in Nukuʻalofa
Nukuʻalofa timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Nukuʻalofa often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Nukuʻalofa on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

Motels in Nukuʻalofa
A Nukuʻalofa motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Nukuʻalofa for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Nukuʻalofa motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.

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Nukuʻalofa
Downtown Nuku'alofa
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Nukuʻalofa is located in Tonga
Nukuʻalofa
Nukuʻalofa
Coordinates:  / -21.13333; -175.20000  / -21.13333; -175.20000
Country Tonga
Island Tongatapu
Elevation 3 m (10 ft)
Highest elevation 6 m (20 ft)
Lowest elevation 0 m (0 ft)
Population (2006)
• Total 23,658
• Estimate (2012) 24,571
Time zone – (UTC+13)
• Summer (DST) – (UTC+13)
Area code(s) 676
Climate Af

Nukuʻalofa is the capital of the Kingdom of Tonga. It is located on the north coast of the island of Tongatapu, in the southernmost island group of Tonga.

Nukuʻalofa: History

Nukuʻalofa: Mythological origins

In the Tongan myth of the origin of Nukuʻalofa, it was said that the meaning of Nukuʻalofa is: nuku meaning abode, ʻalofa meaning love.

The name is said to have originated when Moʻungatonga, the 6th Tuʻi Haʻatakalaua (King who governs the daily business of Tonga on behalf of the Tuʻi Tonga or Sacred King of Tonga) sent his youngest son, Ngata (later to be 1st Tuʻi Kanokupolu) as governor to Hihifo (Western side of Tongatapu). It was a difficult decision for Ngata as the Tu’i Tonga and Tu’i Ha’atakalaua have been unable to control Hihifo. Ngata had many reasons to fear for his life as his predecessors had been killed by the chiefs and people of Hihifo.

When Ngata left Muʻa, the old capital and residence of the Tuʻi Tonga and Tuʻi Ha'atakalaua, he was escorted by Nuku (an uncle) and Niukapu (an older cousin), chiefly relatives of his father. They sailed their canoes with all their followers from Muʻa and debated abandoning Tonga and sailing directly to Samoa, the homeland of Ngata’s mother. It was decided not to abandon Tonga, but to pull their canoes up into the swamp area halfway between Muʻa and Hihifo in order to plan and prepare for their landing at Hihifo.

Ngata, Nuku and Niukapu decided to wrap their combined bodies under a large mat and land in Hihifo, giving the impression of a large man with three heads. This is the origin of the ʻUlutolu (Three Head Story) and of the Haʻa Tuʻi Kanokupolu, third lineage King of Tonga. They named the swampy area as Nuku (Abode) ʻAlofa (Love) or the Abode of Love, thus Nukuʻalofa.

Nukuʻalofa: First western records of Nukuʻ

On 10 June 1777, British captain James Cook wrote of his arrival at their anchorage place. His description of the place confirmed, with his map, that this was the bay of Nukuʻalofa.

Cook never used the name Nukualofa or any other spelling for the reports of this voyage, but he mentioned the island of Pangaimodoo (Pangaimotu) which was to the east of his anchorage position. Captain Cook also wrote that he travelled by canoes to visit Mooa (Muʻa) where Paulaho and other great men lived. The house that Paulaho provided was on the beach 500 metres (3 mi) from the ship. Reference to his map shows that he must have landed and stayed in the Siesia area, the eastern part of modern Nukuʻalofa. Cook also drafted the first map of the bay of Nuku'alofa.

The first recorded Map of Tongataboo Harbour as sketched by Captain Cook in 1777. The map clearly shows the Bay of Nuku'alofa and his anchored position near Pangaimotu. Small islands of Nuku'alofa were named with phonetic spelling, including Atata, Pangaimotu, Makaha'a, and Fetoa.

The first written record for Nuku'alofa is stated in the first dedicated book for Tonga by George Vason which was published in 1810. George Vason was an English missionary from the London Missionary Society, who arrived in Tonga in 1797. George Vason wrote of their arrival that:

The second oldest book dedicated to Tonga was by William Mariner, adopted son of Finau 'Ulukalala, which was published in 1817. Mariner described his experiences during the years he was the adopted son of 'Ulukalala (1806–1810). He described the civil war and the siege of the Fort of Nuku'alofa, which fell to 'Ulukalala and his warriors.

The third attempt of Christian missionaries were recorded in April 1826, when two Tahitian London Missionaries were detained by Tupou the chief of Nuku'alofa.

The arrival of the Methodist missionaries in Nuku'alofa in 1827 reinforced the Christian faith. The persecution suffered by Christians in Hihifo and Hahake forced a lot of people to seek refuge in Nuku'alofa. Thanks to the encouragement of Tupou, the King of Nuku'alofa, this was the beginning of the expanding of Nuku'alofa to become the major center of Christianity in Tonga.

The final phase of the arrival of Christianity in Tonga was the arrival of Father Chevron, or Patele Sevelo, in 1842. He wrote that he arrived in Nuku'alofa in 1842 and met the Tu'i Kanokupolu Aleamotu'a who was baptised by the Wesleyan as Sosaia.

In conclusion, these arrival turned Nuku'alofa from a small village and fort into the center of Tonga during the arrival of Christianity.

From the earliest record for Nuku'alofa, the early writer always refer to the settlement as Noogollefa (1797), Nioocalofa (1806), Nukualofa (1826 by Methodist) and Noukou-Alofa (1842 by French Catholic Priest). There was no other mention of any other name of the settlement but only of the settlement or fort of Nuku'alofa.

Nukuʻalofa: Capital of the Kingdom of Tonga (1875 and later)

The Declaration of the Constitution of Tonga in 1875 formalised Nuku'alofa as the Capital of Tonga. King George Taufa'ahau Tupou I issued the Constitution of Tonga on 4 November 1875, in Nuku'alofa. The Constitution also stated (Article 38) that the Parliament will meet in Nuku'alofa except in time of war.

Since Nuku'alofa have been expanding from when it became the center of Christianity in Tonga in the 19th century, it became essential that it was reorganised for effective administration of the capital. The reorganisation of Nuku'alofa divided up Nuku'alofa into three major district areas:

Royal Palace of Tonga
  • Kolomotu'a (Kolo meaning "town" or "settlement", motu'a meaning "old"), encompassing the city's original settlement at the old fort of Nukualofa, including the area of Tavatu'utolu (Longolongo), Sopu 'o Vave (now Sopu 'o Taufa'ahau), Tongata'eapa, Tufuenga, Kapeta and all the western area where it was the traditional settlement of the Tu'i Kanokupolu from Mumui the 13th Tu'i Kanokupolu to Aleamotu'a the 18th Tu'i Kanokupolu.
  • Kolofo'ou (fo'ou meaning "new"). This area started from the Vaha'akolo Road and all the eastern side to Ma'ufanga which include the Palace of King George Taufa'ahau Tupou I and seat of Government, as well as all the new settlement of Fasi moe Afi 'a Tungi, Malie Taha (One Mile), Ngele'ia was an old settlement during the civil wars and Taufa'ahau and his warriors destroy this settlement. Taufa'ahau settled in his kau To'a Tautahi (Sea-Warlords) in Nuku'alofa for his protection and security from enemies and named the area Kolofo'ou (Newtown or Newsettling). This happened after the burn down and fall of Takai's fortress of Pea in the command of his son Moeakiola in 1852. About the same time Taufa'ahau moved his capital to Kolofo'ou, Nuku'alofa after he ruled and reigned from Pangai, Ha'apai since 1845.
  • Ma'ufanga, on the eastern side of Nuku'alofa. Ma'ufanga was an old village of the Ha'a Takalaua, which is the Estate of the Chief Fakafanua. George Vason mentioned that Ma'ufanga was a refugees area during the civil war, where people could take shelter in time of hardship. Ma'ufanga is the area facing Pangaimotu, where James Cook anchored, and where Paulaho built him a house on the beach, about 500 meters from the ship.
Prime Minister's Office

Nukuʻalofa: Government

The national government is based in Nukuʻalofa. The parliament of Tonga meets there, and the Royal Palace is located near the city.

Nukuʻalofa: Climate

Tropical marine climate.

Nuku'alofa
Climate chart (explanation)
J F M A M J J A S O N D
130
28
22
190
29
22
210
28
22
120
27
21
130
26
20
100
25
18
100
25
17
130
24
18
110
25
17
90
25
19
100
27
20
120
27
20
Average max. and min. temperatures in °C
Precipitation totals in mm
Source:
Imperial conversion
J F M A M J J A S O N D
5.1
82
72
7.5
84
72
8.3
82
72
4.7
81
70
5.1
79
68
3.9
77
64
3.9
77
63
5.1
75
64
4.3
77
63
3.5
77
66
3.9
81
68
4.7
81
68
Average max. and min. temperatures in °F
Precipitation totals in inches
Climate data for Nukuʻalofa (Elevation: 2m)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 32
(90)
32
(90)
31
(88)
30
(86)
30
(86)
28
(82)
28
(82)
28
(82)
28
(82)
29
(84)
30
(86)
31
(88)
32
(90)
Average high °C (°F) 29.4
(84.9)
29.9
(85.8)
29.6
(85.3)
28.5
(83.3)
26.8
(80.2)
25.8
(78.4)
24.9
(76.8)
24.8
(76.6)
25.3
(77.5)
26.4
(79.5)
27.6
(81.7)
28.7
(83.7)
27.3
(81.1)
Daily mean °C (°F) 26.4
(79.5)
26.8
(80.2)
26.6
(79.9)
25.3
(77.5)
23.6
(74.5)
22.7
(72.9)
21.5
(70.7)
21.5
(70.7)
22.0
(71.6)
23.1
(73.6)
24.4
(75.9)
25.6
(78.1)
24.1
(75.4)
Average low °C (°F) 23.4
(74.1)
23.7
(74.7)
23.6
(74.5)
22.1
(71.8)
20.3
(68.5)
19.5
(67.1)
18.1
(64.6)
18.2
(64.8)
18.6
(65.5)
19.7
(67.5)
21.1
(70)
22.5
(72.5)
20.9
(69.6)
Record low °C (°F) 16
(61)
17
(63)
15
(59)
15
(59)
13
(55)
11
(52)
10
(50)
11
(52)
11
(52)
12
(54)
13
(55)
16
(61)
10
(50)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 174
(6.85)
210
(8.27)
206
(8.11)
165
(6.5)
111
(4.37)
95
(3.74)
95
(3.74)
117
(4.61)
122
(4.8)
128
(5.04)
123
(4.84)
175
(6.89)
1,721
(67.76)
Average rainy days 17 19 19 17 15 14 15 13 13 11 12 15 180
Average relative humidity (%) 77 78 79 76 78 77 75 75 74 74 73 75 76
Source: Weatherbase

Nukuʻalofa: Economy

Talamahu Market

Nukuʻalofa is the economic hub of the country.

Peau Vavaʻu, an airline, had its head office in the Pacific Royale Hotel in Nukuʻalofa. The former Royal Tongan Airlines had its head office in the Royco Building in Nukuʻalofa.

The city has markets and a central business district. Much of the central business district was destroyed during the 2006 Nuku‘alofa riots, but it is being rebuilt.

The city has a number of tourist hotels, including the International Dateline Hotel, recently renovated.

Nukuʻalofa: Transport

Fua'amotu International Airport, near Nuku'alofa
The Free Church of Tonga

Nukuʻalofa is the central hub for transport in Tonga.

Buses arrive and depart from the central bus station along Vuna Road close to the centre of town. Bus services are privately operated, and their drivers are free to set their own schedules. Fares are fixed by the government, with reduced rates for school children. The buses are usually filled to capacity. In addition, some schools and large hotels provide their own buses.

There are numerous taxis, also privately owned. Many people who own a car earn extra money by providing taxi services in their spare time. Taxi fares are also set by the government. Most families have their own car; few residents ride bicycles. There are no operational railways or trams in Tonga, although there was once a narrow-gauge railway from the lagoon to the wharf, which gave its name to Railway Road.

Nukuʻalofa harbour is the only deep-water harbour of the island, which determined its selection as the site for the capital. For many years Vuna Wharf was the international harbour until it was destroyed by an earthquake in 1977. A new, much larger wharf was built towards Maʻufanga, named after Queen Sālote. Between these two wharves is the wharf numbered '42', used by fishermen and inter-island ferries. It is the central hub for boats to the outer islands. There are usually two boats to ʻEua each day and two to Haʻapai and Vavaʻu each week. In addition to these regular services by shipping companies, private boat owners provide less regular services to smaller islands such as Nomuka and ʻEueiki.

Air transport is provided by Fuaʻamotu International Airport on the south side of Tongatapu, 35 kilometres from Nukuʻalofa.

Nukuʻalofa: 2015 island creation

In January 2015, a new island of about 1 km diameter was reported to be created by a volcanic eruption. The newly formed island is situated about 65 kilometers (40 miles) northwest of the capital city.

Nukuʻalofa: Twin towns/Sister cities

Nukuʻalofa is twinned with:

  • United Kingdom Whitby, United Kingdom
  • United States Hazleton, United States

Nukuʻalofa: Endnotes

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  2. Vason, 1810,p 68
  3. Munro and Thornley, p. 94
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