Niuas

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Niua Group
Niuatoputapu.gif
Map of the Niuatoputapu.
Map of Niuafoʻou
Geography
Location Pacific Ocean
Coordinates 15°58′S 173°47′W / 15.967°S 173.783°W / -15.967; -173.783
Archipelago Tonga Islands
Total islands 3
Major islands 2
Area 71.69 km2 (27.68 sq mi)
Highest elevation 560 m (1,840 ft)
Highest point Piu 'o Tafahi
Country
Tonga
Largest city Hihifo, Niuatoputapu
Demographics
Population 1282 (as of 2011)
Density 23.01 /km2 (59.6 /sq mi)
Ethnic groups Tongan

Niua is a division of the Kingdom of Tonga, namely the northernmost group of islands. It consists of three islands (Niuafoʻou, Niuatoputapu and Tafahi) which together have an area of 71.69 km2 and a population of 1,282. The largest village is Hihifo on Niuatoputapu. Piu'o Tafahi is the highest point with an elevation of 560 m.

Geography[edit]

The islands are the peaks of undersea volcanoes, towering from the sea, some of which were still active until very recently.

History[edit]

The Niua group was discovered in 1616 by Willem Schouten and Jacob Le Maire Cornelisz during their circumnavigation with the ships and Eendracht Horn to Europe.

Coordinates: 15°57′34″S 173°46′59″W / 15.9594°S 173.783°W / -15.9594; -173.783