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Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea is full of interesting attractions, magnificent natural scenery, and diverse cultural heritage. It offers a range of holiday features and activities, from trekking remote jungle tracks, cruising the mighty Sepik river, surfing the waves of New Ireland, fishing around the fiords of Tufi and diving amongst the coral reef coastline.
 

Tours and Travel Information for Papua new Guinea

KOKODA TRACK

Walk the Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea in the footsteps of our diggers. Experience the friendliness of the Papuan people and the ruggedness of the terrain. Each tour is lead by a highly qualified Trek Leader who will share their knowledge of the various cultural and historical aspects of the track. Guidepost have packages ranging from 6 days to 14 days. Tours leave regularly during the dry season through to October each year. Click here to view our trekking programmes and contact Guidepost Discovery Tours.  Some April treks include a special Anzac Day Dawn Service at Isurava Memorial.

KOKODA BATTLEFIELD TREKS - PNG

 Treks available year round best times April to November - The Kokoda Track is by far the most popular trek in Papua New Guinea and takes between 6-9 days to complete. It is a physical and mental challenge and the difficulty of the track should not be underestimated. This track was made famous during WW11 and still bares the scars of a fierce campaign. For those of you who had loved ones fighting in PNG during WW11, this walk can be a very spiritual and emotional experience.  Contact Guidepost Tours (PNGT)

Mt WILHELM CLIMB - PNG

Dates available year round -  Mt Wilhelm is the highest mountain in Papua New Guinea and Oceania has rugged peaks with a well formed trail leading to its summit. The ascent crosses diverse and beautiful terrain with open grassland on the slopes and granite predominant in the higher levels. It is not a technical mountain to climb and takes 3 – 4 days to ascend.  Contact Guidepost Tours (PNGT)

ALOTAU, MILNE BAY TREKKING & KAYAKING ADVENTURE TOUR

 Regular dates October to March -  Milne Bay Trekking, Kayaking and Stand Up Paddle Boarding - This Alotau adventure has grown significantly this year. Not only is this a remote and beautiful trek, it is also a little easier and a great family adventure. All expeditions donate a portion of the cost of the trek back to the communities along the track corridor, a concept borrowed from the Surfing Association of PNG. This is all part of developing sustainable tourism. Contact Guidepost Tours (PNGT)

NATIONAL MASK FESTIVAL TOUR - Rabaul July

 This tour attends the mask festival daily for three consecutive mornings, with afternoon sightseeing excursions around Rabaul. After the mask festival the tour group continues on to beautiful Kavieng to sample the sights and activities available in exotic Kavieng Harbour, a huge crucible of pristine tropical islands and reefs. The highlight of the tour is an excursion to idyllic Tsoi Island off the coast of New Hanover, to sample some village culture and experience the rainforest, reefs and white beaches of this relatively unknown island that very few tourists visit. Contact Guidepost Discovery Tours. (EM-PNG)

MT HAGEN SHOW TOUR - August

 The Mt Hagen Show is Papua New Guinea’s largest cultural extravaganza. The Show has its origins in colonial days when colonial administrators sought to reduce tribal fighting by promoting inter-marriage and channelling inter-tribal rivalry into positive forms of competition. Major sing-sing events like the Mt Hagen Show and Goroka Show became opportunities for tribes to gain status without bloodshed, by competing to put on the best cultural performance. The Mt Hagen Show today is still a competition, with tribal groups vying for sizeable cash prizes and of course the honour and glory that first prize at the “Hagen Show” brings to one’s tribe. The Show attracts cultural groups from all over Papua New Guinea, even from Bougainville and the Trobriand Islands.  Contact Guidepost Discovery Tours. (EM-PNG)

SEPIK CROCODILE FESTIVAL TOUR - August

 The Sepik Crocodile Festival is a small rural festival with amazing traditional dancing that you won’t see at the Mt Hagen Show or other major festivals, and hardly any tourists. The festival is an initiative of WWF and aims to promote controlled harvesting of the wild crocodile population. The festival takes place at Ambunti on the border of the Middle and Upper Sepik where WWF’s conservation activities are focused, and is scheduled in August, the middle of the local dry season, when the festival is least likely to be disrupted by rain.  Contact Guidepost Discovery Tours. (EM-PNG)

TUFI CULTURE FESTIVAL TOUR - June

 13 nights Tufi, Mt Hagen, Simbai, Sepik River. Tufi of course is the absolute jewel in Papua New Guinea’s crown – a one stop shop for authentic traditional culture, magnificent fjordland scenery, an amazing diversity of geographical attractions and adventure activities, the home of the world’s largest butterfly and flocks of brilliantly coloured but understandably nervous birds of paradise.  From Tufi the tour group moves on to Mt Hagen where the itinerary includes eco-tours featuring the Paiya village skull house, the Magic Mountain moss forest and orchid gardens, and a highlands sing-sing.  From Mt Hagen there is a side trip to exotic Simbai for two days village-to-village trekking then a direct flight to Wewak for a three night motor canoe safari down the mystical Sepik River staying in bamboo huts among the river people. Contact Guidepost Discovery Tours. (EM-PNG)

GOROKA SHOW & KALAM CULTURE FESTIVAL TOUR - September

10 nights Goroka, Mt Hagen, Simbai, Madang -escorted small group tour. The Goroka Show is partly an agricultural show and partly a highlands sing-sing. Since colonial days the people of the eastern highlands have come together once a year to display samples of their best crops and livestock to compete for prizes, and to show off their most colourful and energetic dance traditions.  The Kalam Culture Festival is a local festival attended by only a few privileged outsiders. Once a year the people of the Kalam tribe around Simbai in the highlands come together. Contact Guidepost Discovery Tours. (EM-PNG)

GOROKA SHOW WEEKENDER TOUR - September

 The Goroka Show is partly an agricultural show and partly a highlands sing-sing. Since colonial days the people of the Eastern Highlands have come together once a year to display samples of their best crops and livestock, and to show off their most colourful and energetic dance traditions. Contact Guidepost Discovery Tours. (EM-PNG)

MILNE BAY CANOE FESTIVAL - November

 11 nights Alotau (festival), Trobriand Islands, Wewak, Sepik River, Mt Hagen, Port Moresby. The Milne Bay Canoe and Drum Festival is a celebration of Milne Bay’s traditional reliance on native canoes and drums for transportation and communication between the islands. Participants from other provinces also bring their canoes and drums to join in the canoe races, drumming contests, and sing-sing performances. Participating canoes range from tiny one-man dugouts through outrigger sailing canoes to huge war canoes from Balimo in the Western Province. This festival is the only place outside Balimo where you can behold the spectacle of 30 black-skinned Balimo men paddling a 40 foot war canoe with all their might. Contact Guidepost Discovery Tours. (EM-PNG)

ARAPESH CULTURE FESTIVAL TOUR - September

 13 nights Port Moresby, Wewak, Wewak Islands, Dagua (festival), Sepik River, Madang, Goroka. The Arapesh are a coastal people of East Sepik Province, occupying the narrow coastal plain between the Torricelli Range and the Bismarck Sea, west of Wewak. These coastal areas of the province are quiet backwaters off the “main drag” between Wewak and the Sepik River, and hardly any outsiders are seen out this way. The aim of the Arapesh Culture Festival is to revive and strengthen the traditional customs of the Arapesh people and counter the westernisation that affects villages situated close to major towns like Wewak. The Festival is held every year at the Dagua school grounds. Contact Guidepost Discovery Tours (EM-PNG)

CLIMB MT. ALBERT EDWARD - Papua New Guinea

 Mt Albert Edward in the Owen Stanely Ranges of Central Province has two domes, east and west. The west dome is higher, and at 3990 metres this is PNG's second highest peak after Mt Wilhelm. Getting there is quite an expedition for FIT travellers because the nearest airstrip at Yongai has no scheduled flights and you must hike in from Woitape with a guide, porters and supplies. (Flying into Yongai by charter plane is economical for larger groups). Mt Albert Edward is a non-technical climb similar in difficulty to Mt Wilhelm. Altitude sickness is the major risk. Contact Guidepost Tours. (EM-PNG)

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