Nick’s final new destination: Niue (#40KFaraway)

Frequent Miler's 2019 40K to Far Away Challenge is done! Greg, Nick, and Stephen competed to see who could go farthest with 40,000 points and $400! Click here for contest results and next steps.

It’s official: I’ve come to the end of my 40K to Far Away road. I’ll soon be posting summaries of my stops along the way (and eventually a full cost report), but for now I wanted to at least show you the end of the road as this end point dictated the rest of the trip once I found it. My last stop is Niue — an island in the South Pacific with only 2 flights per week in and out, making it pretty darn isolated and certainly a way to “get away” from it all if that’s what you seek. I’ll have another post summarizing Niue, including where I’m staying here and what I’m doing, and a post on why and how I got to Niue, but for now I wanted to just put up a quick post about my end point.

This is the end of the road.

A step back in time….literally

Astute readers may recall that I took off from New Zealand on Tuesday morning, October 8th, wishing I could get a re-do on Monday.

Sure enough, my dreams came true when I stepped back in time to land in Niue on Monday, October 7th.

How did I manage that, you ask? Thanks of course to Niue’s position just across the International Date Line. Nope, not that kind of date line — we’re talking about the spot on Earth where the date on the calendar flips. Right now, it’s the same time in Niue as it is in New Zealand — just 1 calendar day earlier. So I took off on October eighth at 9:30am and arrived in Niue 3.5 hours later at about 1pm….on October seventh. Of course, that’s less exciting than it sounds when you consider the fact that the only feasible way off of this island is flying back to Auckland, which will cost me a day when the calendar flips forward from Friday (when I take off for Auckland) to Saturday (when I land 3.5 hours later).

What’s this about a club made for captains?

Those who have been following along on social media may have seen the small riddle posted about my final destination:

Nick’s last stop is totally new
That’s true for him and likely you, too.
Just two flights per week there do happen
And with luck, he’ll join a club made for captains.

Clearly the lines about it being “new” are a play on the name Niue (pronounced new-way) and the fact that it’s a place I figure most will have never heard of (in fact, I’m curious — if you’re reading this and can take a second to comment, I’d love to know whether or not you had heard of Niue before now).

But what about the club made for captains?

My friends, I am the newest proud member of the Niue Yacht Club — known as “The Biggest Little Yacht Club in the World”.

You can actually join online from the US, but it’s cheaper (and more fun) to join in person! Here’s the website for those who always wanted to be Yacht Club members.

I joined with $20 New Zealand Dollars — the equivalent of $12.65 at today’s exchange rate. Where else can you join a yacht club for less than thirteen bucks? I see your lifetime uranium-marbled-entitlist-amethyst elite status and raise you a yacht club membership.

Bottom line

So there you have it: my end point is a beautiful, isolated island in the South Pacific where I became a member of the yacht club to end my 40K to Far Away challenge. While the physical distance of a straight line from Washington, DC to here may not be the “farthest away” of our three end points, I thought this would be a unique place to end the challenge. We’ll obviously lay out all the associated costs in a separate post, but for now I wanted to at least let readers know where I am. Internet access has not been as easy as I may have hoped, though I think I’ve now got that sorted out and as such you’ll see some more posts coming from me in the coming days as I take in what Niue has to offer. I look forward to reporting back as to whether or not this is a destination that belongs on your list, but for now, I’ll leave you with a couple of pics that have been first impressions from the island.

Oh, and PS: My family had been hiding out in New Zealand for a week on a social media hiatus waiting to meet up with me for my end point. To say it was great to see them again and enjoy this last stop and the ride home with family would be a huge understatement. I even got the sense that they missed me a little bit, too.

About Nick Reyes

Nick Reyes is a (fairly) regular guy with an animalistic passion for maximizing the value of miles and money to travel the world in comfort and style. There is little in life that he loves more than finding a fantastic deal and helping you shop smarter & harder to achieve your travel dreams.

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Ryan Kingsbury
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Ryan Kingsbury

Congrats on making it to Niue, especially on points! We visited a couple years ago but cheated with a revenue ticket from Auckland. It used to be an impossible award, but things appear to have softened.

Blue
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Blue

Impressive!

CaveDweller
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CaveDweller

I love New Zealand great ferries a little cold I bet right now I was there in Nov. . Hope u can try one of their train travels which I will do from Wellington in Jan 2021.
Nice photos post MORE !!!!!!

CHEERs

mauro
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mauro

Nick, I was reading your post this morning has a make my way to the airport, I loved the picture with your son put a smile on my face, glad you made it safe cant wait to hear how you did it with only $400 and 40k!

Sophia
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Sophia

Nope never heard of it. The last picture is priceless!

Captain Greg
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Captain Greg

What a great way to end your #40ktofaraway challenge! That’s going to be tough to beat!

Lukas
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Lukas

Never heard of it. Very impressive, love the secluded beach picture!

K L
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K L

That is really impressive; congrats on going to a place many (including me!) have never even heard of!! I hope its lovely!

docntx
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docntx

Love the picture with your son. Beaming smile from here.
OK, so this was the most hare brained idea yet, but I admit I am following it closely.
Nope, never heard of Niue, but, as always, you have educated us.
Again, thank you for sharing.

J L
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J L

Never heard of Niue but that is an awesome end point, and super impressed that you got to NZ within the budget. Look forward to the final showdown between the 3 of you.

dizzy
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dizzy

So cool! I actually worked on a cruise ship 2+ years ago, we were supposed to stop at Niue, but so many people had the flu (it was N American winter) that the island had to quarantine itself from us, and we weren’t allowed to dock. Then we were maybe going to dock at one of the Samoas instead (was hoping for American Samoa, since we had been to Samoa/Apia couple months before), but they wouldn’t let us land either. Oh well.
Congrats, this sounds like an awesome trip!

Igor
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Igor

Yes, I have heard of Niue. The island is famous because of Trevor the Lonely Duck.

Lisa
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Lisa

I had never heard of Trevor. I am both happy and sad to know his story. Thanks!

MFK
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MFK

Yes, I have heard of it, but I haven’t done any research on how to get there or what it has to offer, and didn’t expect it to be a destination in this challenge. Well done.

Frank
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Frank

Amazing amazing!! I cant wait for the full report! This is a great challenge and I love the idea and execution! I think you even inspired the TPG guys to do it (even though theirs is lame).

Debit
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Debit

Nice. You did well. Certainly a lot can be seen with just 40k miles and $400. The rednecks have only themselves to blame for being parochial.

Also the return should be part of the challenge else it’s just cheating.

CaveDweller
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CaveDweller

Debit
Be nice it’s their contest everyone wins and how can u cheat as in no rules . Nick will win safer,better views and no sleeping on concrete floors in high crime country’s .
CHEERs

P T
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P T

No. Never heard of it.

Sam
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Sam

Nope, I’ve never heard of it before, but looking at the pictures and hearing the description, it might find a spot on my list! Thanks for letting us follow you on your journey.

Hope you have a great time with family!

jasonalanmorgan
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jasonalanmorgan

Congrats on a game well played. Loved your adventures. Nope, I had never heard of Nuie. Very cool that your fam is able to meet up with you for the finish line. Wonderful series and I look forward to hearing about the numbers and bookings!

Sco
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Sco

When I saw the riddle, I immediately said “Man, I hope he’s going to Nuie” – though I had missed the specific clues and that was a guess based on small Pacific islands that I knew had flights to Auckland. I didn’t think you actually were though! (Partially because somewhere I had gotten the impression that Air NZ didn’t open much availability on that route for award bookings.)

Congrats! I’m impressed!

Janet Weiden
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Janet Weiden

Congratulations Nick. I’m Greg’s Mom and of course have been following everyone’s adventures. Great job. The 3 of you are amazing. Enjoy Niue.

Justin
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Justin

Awesome post! especially the ending

Li Sa
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Li Sa

Never heard of Niue! I wish my grandfather was still alive. He was stationed in the South Pacific durning WWII but he had never heard of the other places I asked him about during your honeymoon travels!
PS- that bed at the yacht club looks just your size, lol JK! Is that were you have been staying? -Lisa

YoniPDX
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YoniPDX

@ Li Sa. That is not a bed it is a rattan throne for visiting dignitaries and travel bloogers with rubbery land legs of the underbiked. Haha

Li Sa
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Li Sa

Haha perfect!

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Nancy
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Nancy

The picture with your son is priceless. It has been great following your adventures.

joe
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joe

Never heard of it. Awesome ending that you are able to spend time with your family in NZ. I have been following along all week on Instagram and FB – something i have never done prior to this contest – I don’t even have an instagram account. Well done, NICK!

YoniPDX
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YoniPDX

@Nick

Niuē.? Come on Nick; man that is so yesterday.

But only if your approaching Niuē travling from the west (and not at the speed of light – relatively and all) .
Also gives a whole new twist to the day after yesterday

40k and $400 dollars sounds like it would have been a fun adventure if I was still in my 20’s-30’s. My eldest would totally be game to do it.

Cheers, enjoy the reunion with your family and your legs again, when they are not screaming at you every step up you take.

Kenzi
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Kenzi

Never heard of it

Peter
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Peter

Reading your posts (collectively, all three of you) makes me so happy.

Ben
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Ben

I’ve heard of it, but don’t know much about it. Congrats, Nick, and well played. Impressive itinerary and adventure for the challenge.

quasimodo
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quasimodo

tell me more about this Uranium elite status. Sounds like an upgrade over Plutonium.

JohnSF
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JohnSF

Never heard of Niue. How did you even find this place? It looks pretty cool! And to get there and back on your budget, wow!

Andy Shuman
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Andy Shuman

Niu … what? Damn it, man, now i wanna get there.

Aaron
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Aaron

Oh bro!
If only I were more on2it and known you were flying through Auckland!… I’m only a couple of hours from AKL. Would have been amazing to meet a legend such as you.

AlexL
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AlexL

Someone guessed right on fb. That is impressive too. Nick’s trip is quite impressive, It traveled so many places almost like a big circle. Never heard of Niue and congrats to you being a captain now. The last picture is so adorable. >_<

Fruju
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Fruju

I may be the only reader who has heard of Niue…

…because I was BORN there.

In fact, for my recent big round 0-ending birthday, I departed Auckland on the morning of my birthday, arrived in Niue the day before, and then had my celebration a second time on the next morning!

It was the first time I had been back to Niue since the year I was born.

Did you get time to try the fishing or dolphin swims?

tom
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tom

aware of Niue, but well impressed on how you managed to get there in this trip. Need to read the other posts but think you are a stong contender at this stage. Well impressed with your tour of Nelson also

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Frank
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Frank

You should find out if your yacht club has reciprocal member rights anywhere. A friend of mine joined a yacht club in Indianapolis (which you might notice is not on a navigable river let alone the ocean) and found out he had reciprocal rights to the NY Yacht Club in Manhattan including spa privileges.