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Top Choice Cultural in Goroka

Goroka Show

The Goroka Show is held over the Independence Day weekend (mid-September) at the National Sports Institute’s Sports Oval. It attracts more singsing (celebratory dance/festival) groups than the Mt Hagen show and ther…
Top Choice Cultural Village in Goroka

Asaro Mudmen

Asaro village, northwest of Goroka, is famous for its mudmen – warriors who traditionally covered themselves in grey mud and wore huge mud masks before heading off on raids. It’s a very striking image, best witnesse…
Top Choice International in Goroka

Deck Bistro

The Bird’s Deck Bistro overlooking the pool is the place to rendezvous and central to the social life of Goroka’s well heeled. There’s a nightly themed buffet (K60), of which the Sunday carvery is the pick, and a po…
Museum in Goroka

JK McCarthy Museum

JK McCarthy was one of PNG’s legendary patrol officers and wrote one of the classic books on New Guinea patrolling – Patrol into Yesterday. Among the exhibits are pottery, weapons, clothes and musical instruments, a…
Market in Goroka

Market

The open-air market is interesting to walk through and you’ll see piles of potatoes and exotic leafy greens as well as more familiar tomatoes, capsicums (bell peppers) and avocados. Bilums and Highland hats are sold…
Chinese in Goroka

Mandarin Restaurant

Opposite the Bird, and a popular lunch spot for hotel guests, the Mandarin serves tasty, veggie-packed dishes that would do the home country proud. Meals are served in a variety of sizes and are prepared to be share…
Viewpoint in Goroka

Mt Kis Lookout

A motorable track just off Wisdom St climbs to an excellent lookout, Mt Kis, so-called because it’s the lovers’ leap of Goroka. There are two large water tanks halfway there, and a ladder you can climb to catch spec…
Historic Building in Goroka

Raun Raun Theatre

The theatre is a superb building, which blends traditional materials and modern architecture. It’s located on parkland about 500m due north of the post office. Performances by the Raun Raun Theatre Company are irreg…