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Goroka is a city in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea.


With around 25,000 people, Goroka is the capital of the Eastern Highlands province of PNG. It is 1600m above sea level. It is blessed with a very pleasant, spring-like climate all year round.

Get in[edit]

Goroka's airport is in the centre of town and you can check in and then walk back downtown for a drink while waiting for your plane.

  • Air Niugini has twice daily flights from the nation's capital, Port Moresby. [5]
  • Airlines PNG has flights from Lae and Mt. Hagen as well as Port Moresby.[6]

By road, Goroka is on the "Highlands Highway", about 285km from Lae.

View of Goroka. The airport is right-center

Get around[edit]

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  • J.K. McCarthy Museum. Set up by and named after a long-time Australian patrol officer in PNG, the museum has seen better days but, nevertheless, is well worth a visit. There are several large rooms that include WW2 relics and many traditional artifacts from PNG. The most interesting section is arguably the collection of photos taken in the 1930s by the first Australians to enter the Highlands. K5.  edit
  • The Goroka Show, [1]. This is the major cultural event of the PNG Highlands and takes place in mid-September when the country celebrates its Independence. The show brings together people from over one hundred tribes in traditional costumes who gather for music, dancing and displays of tribal rituals. Accommodation is at a premium and you may have to fly in or drive from nearby towns  edit

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  • Asaro village. Located about 20km north-west from Goroka is the village of Asaro from where the well-known mudmen originate. The villagers are happy to deliver the "mudmen" performance, let you try on the masks, and answer any questions related to their culture. Arrange the trip through your hotel in Goroka.  edit
  • GONAHA - Goroka Natural Habitat, [2]. Gonaha is located about 2km south-west from Goroka. It is reachable by PMV No. 2 (20 min walk from Black Corner/Lopi. See some tree kangeroos, cassowaries and plenty of other Flora and Fauna. Kelly, the owner of Gonaha is showing you around. They even have a small waterfall on their ground and a place to rest or have barbecue. As of February 2017, volunteers as well as guest have the chance to stay overnight and experience a typical village stay. Gonaha is also the birth place of the well-known Highland Honey, collected by hundreds of locals around Goroka.  edit

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  • Bird of Paradise Hotel, Corner Elizabeth & McWilliam St., (675) 731-3100 (fax: (675) 732-1007), [3]. The main hotel in Goroka.  edit
  • Lutheran Guesthouse. Cheap and clean rooms just a short walk away from the center. Breakfast (fresh fruits) included. Dinner for K25 extra.  edit
  • ARPO Guesthouse, [4]. A simple room with the opportunity to cook your own meals. Fresh towel and a simple breakfast included. K100 / room.  edit


Get out[edit]

Mt. Wilhelm
  • Mt. Wilhelm. Goroka is a convenient starting point for an assault on PNG's highest mountain, Mount Wilhelm. The base camp for the mountain is at Keglsugl. This is about five hours by road from Goroka and there are a few guesthouses, including, Betty's Lodge, with 37 beds (Ph: (675) 145 112 037 Fax: (675) 145 212 037). For the affluent, charter flights to Keglsugl airstrip, at 8000ft, may be possible. The mountain is at 14,793 feet and the climb and descent involves an overnight stay on the mountain. You may be close to the Equator, but temperatures can drop way below freezing at the summit. Taking a local guide is essential. Organized treks are available. [7]
  • Kainantu is located on the "Highlands Highway" approximately 90 km by road from Goroka. It is home to the Eastern Highlands Cultural Centre and Museum and is well-known for its pottery. Kainantu is 11 km from the nearby missionary station of Ukarumpa. This houses the Summer Institute of Linguistics, which aims to translate the Bible into all of Papua New Guinea's numerous languages. Accommodation is available at the 22-room Kainantu Lodge (Phone 7371020: Fax: 737 1043)
  • Kundiawa is the capital of Chimbu Province. It is on the Highlands Highway approximately half-way between Goroka and Mt. Hagen, the capital of Western Highlands province.

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