This full-day private tour will give you an introduction to Port Moresby city and the attractions corridor up to Sogeri. After a tour through the central business district, a stilt village, the harbor area, the Museum and parliament house (if open), you'll continue out of town to stops at the Bomana War Cemetery, Adventure Park Zoo, National Orchid Gardens and a steep climb through the Rouna Gorge to scenic Sogeri township and Plateau with time to visit the Kokoda Trail or the Varirata National Park.
Upon pick-up from your hotel in an appropriately sized air-conditioned vehicle you will begin the tour with a two hour city circuit including Burns Peak (a hill overlooking the harbor that was a key anti-aircraft defensive position during World War 2), Hanuabada urban stilt village (home to about 10,000 people packed into two square kilometers with resultant social and health problems) and the Central Business District (which local people call “Town” as it was the site of the first colonial settlement after being claimed for Britain in 1873 by Captain John Moresby). In Town you will see the original colonial post office building which is still used today. Most of the population no longer lives in Town, having moved out to distant suburbs to make way for office buildings.From Town your tour vehicle climbs a steep curving road up Touaguba Hill, where most of the foreign ambassadors live, to a scenic lookout with a panoramic vista of the harbor. Here your guide will point out the Motukea container port, the NapaNapa oil refinery, Fisherman Island and the harbour entrance which was previously protected by two gunnery forts.From Town, pass by the Koki Fish Market (optional stop) and climb Two Mile Hill. Like many parts of the city, this area is named after one of the old milestones which lined the road from the post office up to Sogeri in early days. The stone posts are long gone but the names remain: the city hospital is located at Three Mile, the main shopping centre at Four Mile and the airport at Seven Mile.After a short stop at the handicrafts market outside the Holiday Inn (toilets available inside), make further stops of around one hour each at the national museum (if open), the national parliament (if open), the Bomana War Cemetery, Adventure Park Zoo and the National Orchid Gardens before climbing the steep winding road through the Rouna Gorge to the scenic Sogeri Plateau. Explore tiny Sogeri town with just a few shops, schools and WW2 historical markers and Lake Sirinumu then return via the same steep road down to Port Moresby. A side trip may be possible to Owers Corner (Kokoda Trail) or Varirata National Park if time permits. Note that there are sometimes afternoon rains up on the Sogeri Plateau (even when the weather is fine down in the city) so if afternoon rain is forecast your guide may suggest reversing the itinerary to visit Sogeri in the morning while the roads are dry and leave indoor city attractions like the museum and parliament for the afternoon.Lunch will be either a boxed picnic lunch or a hot lunch at a convenient outlet en route - the guide will pay for lunch.If taking this tour on a Sunday during the academic year you have the option of a 7am start in order to commence the tour at the weekly farm market at the Pacific Adventist University where students and staff from all over the Pacific Islands sell their traditional foods and handicrafts (Sundays only).